Ercall Wood Academy

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Mission Statement

ENTHUSE students through stimulating and relevant science that allows them to develop key skills, knowledge and understanding

ENGAGE students through dynamic lessons and learning opportunities that develop confident learners

ENJOY science both as an academic discipline and also in the wider context of a scientific awareness throughout life

The Science Department at Ercall Wood seeks to develop in pupils an awareness of the relevance of science in everyday life and encourages pupils to see the links that science has with other areas of the curriculum.

Science is a diverse and challenging subject that equips pupils to become confident citizens in a technological society with an appreciation that scientific applications can be both beneficial and harmful to the individual, society and the environment.

The Department aims to develop in pupils, abilities, skills and attitudes which:

  • are useful in everyday life
  • encourage safe practice
  • improve their ability to communicate
  • build their self-confidence
  • sponsor a care for the environment
  • enable them to succeed
  • will inform their decision making.

 

Department Facilities:
The department consists of 6 teaching rooms including 2 Laboratories, all of which have interactive touch-screen displays. Pupils also have access to an open learning zone equipped with laptops and a set of tablet computers is available for use in teaching rooms. Practical work in the department is supported by two technicians working from two prep rooms, while staff have a dedicated workspace to operate from.

Subject Leader – Nick Pollock
Assistant Subject Leader – Faye Keohane

Teacher – Alex Raeside (Lead Practitioner)
Teacher – Jim Rounsley
Teacher – Kara Smith
Teacher – Mrs Caroline MacPhee
Teacher – Linda Moore (Pastoral Head of Year)
Teacher – Lisa Fraser (Assistant Head)
Teacher – Chay Davis (Head teacher)

Senior Technician - Jean Windsor
Technician - Linda Sylvester

KEY STAGE 3

Our Key Stage 3 Scheme of Learning has been developed internally to provide a sound bridge between Key Stages 2 and 4.

In years 7 & 8 students study a range of content arranged in topical areas. They also learn about Working Scientifically, which involves developing explanations, arguments and making decisions as well as practical enquiry.

Year 7 are following a new Scheme of Learning based on a 5 year plan and Year 8 are completing their Key Stage 3 Science course from the previous system ready to begin their GCSE course in Year 9.

We are a lead school for the Let’s Think Secondary Science project (LTSS) for which pupils undertake a series of ‘thinking lessons’. These lessons take key themes such as scientific relationships and ratios and challenge pupils to extend their thinking. Our aim, by delivering these lessons, is to increase pupils’ resilience and independent thinking.

Year 7 – New Scheme of Learning

Year 7 – New Scheme of Learning

Autumn

Spring

Summer

B1 Eating and Breathing

B2 Moving and the body

B3 Ecosystems

·         The digestive system

·         The skeletal system

·         Food chains and webs

·         Food groups

·         Joints and ligaments

·         Adaptation

·         Respiratory system

·         The muscular system

·         Evolution

C1 The Earth and the atmosphere

C2 Matter and models

C3 Acids and bases

·         Structure of the Earth

·         The particle model

·         The pH scale

·         Composition of the atmosphere

·         Solids, liquids and gases

·         Making salts

·         Formation of the atmosphere

·         Changes of state

·         Chemical reactions and equations

P1 Forces and Speed

P2 Energy

P3 Heating and pressure

·         Contact and non-contact forces

·         Types of energy

·         Heat transfer

·         Making objects move

·         Energy transfers

·         Conduction, convection and radiation

·         Calculating speed

·         Fuels and measuring energy

·         Pressure

 

Year 8 – Final Year of Key Stage 3 programme

 

Year 8 – Final Year of Key Stage 3 programme

Autumn

Spring

Summer

B4 The Human Machine

B5 Being Different

B6  Processes of Life

·         Our skeleton

·         Reproduction

·         Photosynthesis

·         Health and Lifestyle

·         Variation

·         Respiration

·         Drugs and Medicines

·         Genes

 

C4 Earth and its Chemistry

C5 Principles of Chemistry

C6 Reactions and Patterns

·         Chemical Reactions

·         Symbols and Formulae

·         Reactivity series

·         Our environment

·         Chemical Properties

·       Families of reactions 

·        Designer materials

·        Periodic Table

·         Energy changes

P4 Waves, Light and Sound

P5 Magnets, Motion and Pressure

P6 Energetics

·         Soundwaves

·        Using magnets

·        Energy calculations

·        Hearing

·     Analysing motion   

·        Storing energy

·         Properties of light

·        Pressure

·        Using Fuels

LTSS/Skills

LTSS/Skills

LTSS/Skills

 


Homework:

The homework tasks will vary throughout each unit studied. They will include research activities, worksheets, report completion, practical activities, drawing graphs and SAM Learning.

Suggestions for additional independent study:

Use websites such as BBC Bitesize to revise the scientific topics covered and carry out short tests. Go to the library and get a book out on the key topic. With appropriate supervision, use science kits to explore the topic further.

Assessment:

Assessment will take place regularly throughout the school year to ensure rigorous checks on progress can be made. Assessments will take the form of both tests and open-ended tasks.

Year 9:

During the Autumn Term Year 9 pupil follow a KS3/4 transition programme; this is aimed at easing their movement into GCSE phase by ensuring they have a good grasp of the key science skills and can Work Scientifically.

Initially pupils complete a range of STEM projects. These provide opportunities for pupils to explore science in context; researching and using the information they find to solve problems and undertake experiments. Example projects include planning a way to solve the air quality crisis or tackling obesity. They will plan and carry out experiments to collect data and then analyse that data to draw conclusions. Pupils will formally begin studying the GCSE course in the Spring term of Year 9.

Topics studied:

Year 9

KS3 to KS4 Transition

STEM project (examples)

Sugar Beet Project

 

Air quality

 

School Meals

 

Plastic Bags Crisis

 

Drug Development

 

Electrical circuits

Testing materials

 

 

Key Stage 4

Students at Key Stage 4 follow OCR 21st century science course completing either two GCSEs, as Combined Science, or three GCSEs as Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science)

 

Combined Science:

GCSE Combined Science is a two and a half year course that leads to two GCSEs in Science.  Access to all further education is possible from this course, including all A levels.

  • The course is assessed by four exams taken in May or June of Year 11.
  • Three of the exams focus on Biology, Chemistry and Physics respectively and the third centres on data handling and using scientific information.
  • There is no controlled assessment or coursework.

Triple Science:

Able students are offered the opportunity to study for an extra Science GCSE, through the school options process.  This two and a half year programme includes extra lessons and leads to Separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Most of the specification is the same as for Combined Science but each unit contains extra materials so the science is studied in more depth. It is an academically challenging course, and as such student entry is very carefully considered.

Each GCSE has the following assessment model:

  • 2 terminal exams (in the summer of Y11), making 6 exams in total.
  • There is no controlled assessment or coursework.

Topics Covered:

 
Source: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/231416-gcse-9-1-twenty-first-century-science-suite-summary-brochure.pdf page 7

Links to Detailed Course Information:

Combined Science: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-combined-science-b-j260-from-2016/

Biology: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-biology-b-j257-from-2016/

Chemistry: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-chemistry-b-j258-from-2016/

Physics: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-physics-b-j259-from-2016/scheme-of-work/

Homework:

The homework tasks will vary throughout each unit studied. They will include research activities, worksheets, report completion, practical activities, drawing graphs and SAM Learning. Exam questions will also form part of the homework tasks. We will pay close attention to the extended maths demands of the new specifications, including the list of formulae that must be memorized.

Suggestions for additional independent study:

Use websites such as BBC Bitesize to revise the scientific topics covered and carry out short tests. Go to the library and get a book out on the key topic. With appropriate supervision, use science kits to explore the topic further.

Assessment:

Assessment will take place regularly throughout the school year to ensure rigorous checks on progress can be made. Assessments will take the form of both tests and open-ended tasks. Mock exams papers will be used for many of the tests.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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