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  Science Department      
         
  Head of Department: Mr J Bowyer      
  Science at John Spendluffe Technology College      
  In Science at JSTC we teach in well-equipped laboratories using an engaging curriculum best suited to the student’s needs. Practical work is at the forefront of teaching science in an investigative manner.      
         
  Year 7
     
  The year 7 curriculum is based upon the latest version of the National Curriculum using the Exploring Science course published by Pearson.
     
  In year 7 students will study:      
 
  • Biology
Cells, Muscles and Bones, Food and Digestion, Sexual Reproduction in animals, Ecosystems.
   
  • Chemistry
Mixtures and Separations, Fluids and Bases, Particle Model, Atom, Elements and Compounds
   
  • Physics
 
Energy, Electricity, Forces, Sound, Fluids.
     
         
  Year 8
     
  The Year 8 curriculum follows on from the work started in Year 7, namely the Exploring Science course published by Pearson.      
  The Year 8 students will study:
     
 
  • Biology – cells - respiration - genetics - plants - growing food
  • Chemistry – periodic table - metals - reactivity - materials - rocks
  • Physics – light - electricity - forces - space - energy
     
  At the end of each unit in KS3 students will sit an assessment test and complete an extended open-ended writing task.      
         
         
  Year 9      
  Key Stage 4 starts in Year 9 and all students follow the separate science course run by AQA.      
         
  The decision to complete the separate science course is made in the January of year 11. Some students may complete the science trilogy (double award) course as an alternative.      
         
         
  Years 10      
  Year 10 students continue to study the AQA separate science specification started in Year 9. They will be assessed at regular intervals via end of unit tests throughout the year.      
         
         
  Year 11      
  KS4 students in Year 11 will study triple science in Set 1, with Sets 2 - 5 studying double award science.      
         
  Sets 1 - 5 will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics modules, with terminal examinations in Year 11, together with a series of practical based examinations (ISAs).      
         
  Set 1 students will sit the paper 3 units in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to allow them to qualify for the separate science (triple) award.      
         
  In Biology topic areas are:      
  (Science A)      
 
  • Keeping Healthy,
  • Coordination and Control,
  • Medicine and Drugs,
  • Adaptation and Survival,
  • Energy in Biomass, Variation,
  • Reproduction and new Technology,
  • Evolution.
     
  (Additional)      
 
  • Cells,
  • Tissues and Organs,
  • Organisms in the Environment,
  • Enzymes,
  • Energy from Respiration and Simple Inheritance in Animals and Plants.
     
 

(Extension)

     
 
  • Exchange of Materials,
  • Transporting Materials,
  • Keeping Internal Conditions Constant,
  • How Humans can Affect the Environment.
     
         
  In Chemistry topic areas are:      
  (Science A)      
 
  • Fundamental Ideas,
  • Rocks and Building Materials,
  • Metals and Their Uses,
  • Crude Oil and Fuels,
  • Products From Oil,
  • Plant Oils,
  • Our Changing Planet.
     
  (Additional)      
 
  • Structure and Bonding,
  • Structure and Properties,
  • How Much?,
  • Rates and Energy,
  • Salt and Electrolysis.
     
  (Extension)      
 
  • The Periodic Table,
  • Water,
  • Energy Calculations,
  • Analysis and Synthesis,
  • Organic Chemistry.
     
         
  In Physics topic areas are:        
  (Science A)        
 
  • Energy Transfer by Heating,
  • Using Energy,
  • Electrical Energy,
  • Generating Electricity,
  • Waves,
  • Electromagnetic Waves.
       
  (Additional)        
 
  • Motion,
  • Forces,
  • Work energy and Momentum,
  • Current Electricity,
  • Mains Electricity,
  • Radioactivity,
  • Energy from the Nucleus
       
 

(Extension)

       
 
  • Medical Application of Physics,
  • Using Physics to make Things Work,
  • Using Magnetic Fields to Keep Things Moving.