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Worthing High School

End of Autumn 1 - start of October half term

Science

Science at Worthing High School involves:

  • A challenging and varied curriculum
  • Excellent, exciting enrichment activities for all
  • A robust grading and target setting system
  • Extremely high standards of teaching and learning
  • Dynamic staff who really love Science teaching
  • Subject specialists delivering content

Information about the Science Department

Curriculum Vision 

All students will develop a love of science and through their learning they will develop transferrable skills in preparation for life beyond school. All students will develop to become critical thinkers that can use analytical problem solving to effectively overcome challenges. Our students will be reflective, resilient and will learn from their mistakes continuously striving for improvement. 

Curriculum Intent 

KS3 Curriculum intent:  

  • The principal focus of our curriculum in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. 

  •  Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and Science, student’s become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding.  

Examples of these big ideas are: 

  • Links between structure and function in living organisms,  

  • The particulate model and the resources and means of transfer of energy.  

  • Relating scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around  

  • Use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations. 

  • Pupils should understand that science is about working objectively, modifying explanations to take account of new evidence and ideas and subjecting results to peer review. Pupils should evaluate their results and identify further questions arising from them. 

KS4 Curriculum intent 

  • Teaching science at key stage 4 continues with the process of building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed in earlier key stages in the subject disciplines. 

  • Studying science at key stage 4 provides the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. For some, it will be their last formal study of subjects that provide the foundations for understanding the natural world and will enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society. 

  • Science is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity so all students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.  

  • Students will be taught to appreciate the achievements of science towards complex and diverse phenomena of the world.  

 These key ideas include: 

  • The use of conceptual models and theories to make sense of the observed diversity of natural phenomena 

  • The assumption that every effect has one or more cause 

  • That change is driven by interactions between different objects and systems 

  • That science progresses through a cycle of hypothesis, practical experimentation, observation, theory development and review 

  • That quantitative analysis is a central element both of many theories and of scientific methods of inquiry. 

Curriculum Sequencing 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Year 7

Biology: Cells

 

Chemistry: Lab Safety and Atomic Structure

 

Physics: Forces

Biology: Respiratory System

 

Chemistry: Particle Model

 

Physics: Gravity

Pressure

Biology: Digestive System

 

Chemistry: Separation techniques

 

Physics: Speed

Biology: Movement

 

Chemistry: The Periodic Table

 

Physics: Energy

 

Biology: Reproduction

 

Chemistry:

Acids and Bases

 

Physics:

Energy Costs

Biology: Variation

 

Physics:

Heating and Cooling

Work

Year 8

Biology: Plant Reproduction

 

Chemistry: Types of Chemical Reactions

 

Physics: Wave Properties

Biology: Respiration

 

Chemistry: Chemical Energy

 

Physics: Light

Biology: Photosynthesis

 

Chemistry: Reactions of Metals and Non-Metals

 

Physics: Sound

Biology: Interdependence

 

Chemistry: Earth Structure

 

Physics: Current

Biology: Inheritance

 

Chemistry: Earth’s Resources

 

Physics: Voltage and Resistance

Magnetism

Biology: Evolution

 

Chemistry: Climate

 

Physics: Universe

 

Year 9

Biology: Biology bridging course/Cell Biology

 

Chemistry: Chemistry bridging course/Atomic structure

 

Physics: Physics bridging course/Energy

Biology: Cell biology

 

Chemistry: Bonding and structure

 

Physics: Energy

Biology: Organisation A

 

Chemistry: Atomic structure

 

Physics: Energy

Biology: Organisation B

 

Chemistry: Bonding and structure

 

Physics: Particle model of matter

Biology: Organisation B

 

Chemistry: Quantitative Chemistry

 

Physics: Particle model of matter

Biology: Organisation B

 

Chemistry: Quantitative Chemistry

 

Physics: Particle model of matter

 

Exam technique (for all)

Year 10

Biology: Infection and response

 

Chemistry: Chemical changes

 

Physics: Atomic structure

Biology: Bioenergetics

 

Chemistry: Energy changes

 

Physics: Electricity

Biology: Bioenergetics/Homeostasis

 

Chemistry: Energy changes

 

Physics: electricity

Biology: Homeostasis

 

Chemistry: Rates of reaction

 

Physics: Electricity

Biology: Homeostasis B

 

Chemistry: rates of reaction

 

Physics: waves

Biology: Homeostasis B

 

Chemistry: Organic Chemistry

 

Physics: waves/forces

Year 11

Biology: inheritance

 

Chemistry: Chemical analysis

 

Physics: Forces and motion

Biology: Inheritance

 

Chemistry: Organic chemistry/chemistry of the atmosphere

 

Physics: Motion/magnetism

Biology: Ecology

 

Chemistry: Chemistry of the atmosphere/using resources

 

Physics: Magnetism/waves

Biology: Ecology

 

Chemistry: using resources

 

Physics: space/forces

Biology: revision

 

Chemistry: revision

 

Physics: revision

Biology: exams

 

Chemistry: exams

 

Physics: exams

Aims of the science department

  • To inspire students to take Science further to college and university.
  • To ensure all students develop sound practical skills.
  • To encourage students to enthusiastically explore and question the world around them.
  • To encourage every student to fulfil or exceed their potential in a supportive environment.

Departmental Staff

  • AHT Leader of Science – Mr T Izod
  • Second in Science, KS4 lead – Mr A Kent
  • KS3 lead – Miss T Miah
  • Ms H Schuler
  • Miss R Mills
  • Ms C Brown
  • Mr M Fox
  • Ms J Petrie
  • Ms C Farrell
  • Science Technicians - Mr S Dickie, Mrs J Dexter & Mrs M White

Facilities

  • 7 specialist Science Laboratories
  • 4 mobile fume cupboards
  • Department nature pond
  • 2 Prep rooms

Our Philosophy

Anything can be achieved if you work hard, with enthusiasm and resilience. We aim to promote a keen interest in the Scientific world around us. Constantly question why and how? 

KS3 (Year 7 & 8)

Students at KS3 are following modules of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will carry out practical work and will sit formative assessment, during the terms as well as summative topic tests at the end of each half term. 

We run a popular Science club on Tuesday after school investigating and developing experimental techniques and extending students understanding and knowledge of Science. Students participating in Science club also work towards attaining CREST awards for Science (additional national qualification, see http://www.crestawards.org/ for more info).

KS4 (Year 10 and 11)

At KS4 all students will be completing the AQA triple (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or combined trilogy GCSEs. The courses are graded by students taking 6 exams (2 of each discipline) at the end of year 11. 100% of the final grade is based on these exams.

Over the course of their GCSEs students will take a number of end of topic tests with mock exams being given at the end of year 10 and periodically over year 11.

For further information, please see the AQA website links below:

Combined Science Trilogy: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Biology: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Chemistry: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Physics: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

 

INDEPENDENT LEARNING

Students in year 7, 8 and 9 are set 2 activities of SAM learning (www.samlearning.com) Science homework per week with additional assignments set by the teacher when and when appropriate.

Students in year 10 and 11 follow the Tassomai (www.tassomai.com) course designed to provide a differentiated individual guide through GSCE Science. In addition, class teachers will also set assignments where and when appropriate.

We expect all students in all years to spend time revising and preparing for exams. We will publish specific resources on show my homework (www.teamsatchel.com) but other useful websites are:

BBC Bitesize: www.bbc.com/education/subjects/z7nygk7

Save my exams:

 

 

Additional Sessions

Period 6 - Wednesday in C7

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – Lunchtime catch up (B3)

Thursday – Lunchtime Science helpdesk (C6)