Head of Science: Mr Bentley

 

“I have worked at JSTC for many years, travelling a great distance; both of which are testament to how great this school is. Wonderful students and supportive staff mean that we all work together in a harmonious atmosphere of learning."

Departmental Aims

 

Within the science department we aim to enthuse students, igniting their natural curiosity about the world around them. We are all scientists by nature, and here at JSTC we equip them with the knowledge, skills and understanding that can be applied to any given situation to describe the world around them; whether that by explaining how fireworks work, or why you have your grandparents’ green eyes.

 

To achieve this, we aim to deliver science in a practical active manner, using experiment, role-play and discussion to draw upon prior learning and build upon it.

 

We also strive to develop the students logical thinking; the scientific method that underpins all good science, that allows students to be critical thinkers that question the validity of information they are provided by the media.

Science has a central role in today’s society; in developments to improve the world, but also to provide solutions to issues that the planet faces. Here at JSTC we expose students to the responsibilities of science and how they can play a part in it.

This all leads to engendering a life-long interest in science and examination success.

Year 7 and Year 8 follow a topic based General Science course, incorporating Chemistry, Physics and Biology.  Year 7 is allocated 4 periods a week (13% curriculum time), and 3 periods a week in year 8 (10% curriculum time).

Schemes of Work for Y7 and Y8 have been updated over the last two years to take on many ideas from the QCA Scheme for Key Stage 3 and incorporate recent changes to the National Curriculum framework, and is broadly delivered using the Exploring Science Scheme published by Pearson.

 

In Year 7, the Units of Work include Particles, Separation, Cells, Body Systems, Energy and Electricity.

 

In Year 8, the students study such units as Reproduction, Genetics, Ecosystems, Acids, Materials, Forces and Space.

 

Learning is developed both practically and theoretically and lays the foundations for success at Key Stage 4.

Science continues to be a compulsory subject in Key Stage 4 and in year 9 students start on the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy course. This is a double award and is worth 2 GCSE’s. It is assessed by six, 1 hour and 15 minute exams, 2 for Biology, 2 for Chemistry and 2 for Physics.

 

Students receive 2 lessons per week, delivered by one teacher per science; overall 6 periods per week and 3 separate teachers. Exemplar content of the courses are stated below.

Science - 5 Year Curriculum Map
  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  Integrated Science Biology Chemistry Physics Biology Chemistry Physics Biology Chemistry Physics
Curriculum
Maps
ResourcesResourcesResources ResourcesResourcesResources Resources Resources Resources Resources Resources Resources Resources Resources Resources
Autumn
Term 1
Enquiry Processes Organisms Enquiry Process Cell structure
and transport
Atomic
Structure
Molecules
and matter
Human
nervous
system
Electrolysis Electric
circuits
Organising an ecosystem The Earth’s Atmosphere Electromagnetic spectrum
Autumn
Term 2
Energy Waves Organisms Cell division The
Periodic
Table
Radioactivity Hormonal
coordination
Energy
Changes
Electricity
in the home
Biodiversity and ecosystems The Earth’s resources Electro-
magnetism
Spring
Term 3
Matter Energy Waves
Matter
Organisation
and digestion
Structure and Bonding Energy
conservation
and dissipation
Reproduction Rates and
Equilibrium
Forces in
balance
Exam
Preparation
Exam
Preparation
Exam
Preparation
Spring
Term 4
Ecosystems
Reactions
Ecosystems
Reactions
Organisation
of plants
and animals
Structure and Bonding Energy
conservation
and dissipation
Variation and
evolution
Rates and
Equilibrium
Motion Exam
Preparation
Exam
Preparation
Exam
Preparation
Summer
Term 5
Electromagnets
Genes
Electromagnets
Genes
Communicable
and non-communicable diseases
Chemical Calculations Energy transfer
by heating
Genetics and
evolution
Crude Oil
and Fuels
Forces and
motion

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Summer
Term 6
Forces
The Earth
Forces
The Earth
Photosynthesis Respiration Chemical Changes Energy
Resources
Adaptation
interdependence
and competition
Chemical
Analysis
Waves - - -

AQA Specification at a glance >>

 

Homework will be set weekly by each teacher. It may involve answering questions from worksheets, independent learning/research work, consolidation of class work or theoretical accounts of practical work, all of which is good preparation for the terminal exams.

 

Useful scientific enquiry for students includes making planning practical (for example identifying variables and hazards), analysing data (for example plotting graphs and establishing trends and patterns between data) and critiquing and improving experiments (e.g. suggesting better methods to reduce errors). All of these skills are assessed in the terminal exams. Throughout the course, students will be expected to have experienced a series of required practicals set by AQA. These required practicals will be examined in the terminal exams.

Within the science department, as with the whole school, we pride ourselves in supporting the students in enabling them to achieve the best they can. With this in mind we operate an ‘open door’ policy. This means that any student who is struggling with any aspect of their studies, homework, revision, classwork etc., can approach staff for support. We will do our best to help the students to better progress.

 

We also in year 11 offer structured revision/ intervention for students who need targeted support with the course. These sessions mainly take place during lunchtimes, but can also take place after school. Students can request attendance to these sessions as well as being invited by staff personally, if we feel they would benefit from the extra support.

 

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Knowledge Organisers

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