Our Vision:

Together we challenge, support and achieve.

We are a forward- thinking faculty with high expectations of our students and staff. Our aim is to   provide a happy, safe, caring, tolerant, inclusive, respectful and stimulating environment in which students are recognised and achieve their full potential. We want to prepare our students for a rapidly changing world by equipping them with critical thinking skills, creativity skills, innovative and enquiring skills. Developing these skills is integral for students to achieve success for today and prepare for the future.

In Science we are committed to raising standards, accelerating progress and providing opportunities for our students to embark on careers in engineering, industry and medical applications. We want to intrinsically motivate our students to have a desire for knowledge and acknowledge that we can work, learn and achieve together.

Careers:

You should study Science if you want a career in:

– Medicine

– Engineering

Curriculum:

Below you can download the curriculum plans for the Science courses in each year group:

Key Stage 4:

Year 9 Subject Overview Combined

Year 9 Subject Overview Physics

Year 10 Subject Overview Combined Science

Year 10 Subject Overview Physics

Year 11 Subject Overview Additional

Year 11 Subject Overview Biology

Year 11 Subject Overview Chemistry

Year 11 Subject Overview Physics

Year 11 Subject Overview Single

At KS4, students study examinations in the AQA board:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

Revision Resources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

http://www.my-gcsescience.com/

Extra-Curricular Opportunities:

– Revision Classes (every Tuesday 3-4pm)

– Competitions and events

 

Exam board

AQA

 

Exams

Sample papers are available from the AQA website.

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/assessment-resources

Resources are available on the following website.

https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

 

 

Assessment objectives

The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific techniques and procedures.
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of: scientific ideas; scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures.
  • AO3: Analyse information and ideas to: interpret and evaluate; make judgements and draw conclusions; develop and improve experimental procedures.

Exam dates  for year 11

Exams Biology paper 1 Chemistry paper 1 Physics paper 1 Biology

Paper 2 

Chemistry paper 2 Physics paper 2
Date 15th May 2018 (PM) 17th May

2018

(AM)

23rd  May

2018

(PM)

11th  June 2018 (AM) 13th  June 2018 (AM) 15th June 2018 (AM)
Duration Combined science – 1h 15m

Biology – 1h 45m.

Combined science – 1h 15m

Chemistry – 1h 45m.

Combined science – 1h 15m

Physics – 1h 45m.

Combined science – 1h 15m

Biology – 1h 45m.

Combined science – 1h 15m

Chemistry – 1h 45m.

Combined science – 1h 15m

Physics – 1h 45m.

KS3

At Erdington Academy we begin to prepare our students for the demands at GCSE using a key stage three scheme of work written by our teachers. Students will progress through a two-year key stage three curriculum before starting their GCSE’s.

Programmes of study  

Year 7 programme of study
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Cells

Structure and functions of animal and plant cells

The role of diffusion and movement of materials between cells

Specialised cells

Using microscopes

Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells

Infection and response

The effects of recreational drugs

Bacteria, viruses and fungi

Defence against pathogens

Reducing the spread of infectious disease in animals and plants

Organisation

Skeletal and muscular systems

Nutrition and digestion

Gas exchange systems

Cellular respiration

Forces

Speed

Distance/time graphs

Motion

Interaction between forces

Moments

Measuring forces

Waves

Sound waves

Light waves

Wave frequency

Pressure of waves

Transmission of waves

Energy

Energy values in food

Comparing energy values

Energy resources

Quantifying energy

Energy transfers

Heating and thermal equilibrium

Particles

States of matter

Pure and impure substances

Separation of substances

Mixtures

Periodic table

Differences between atoms, elements and compounds

The basic principles of the periodic table

Metals and non-metals

The simple atomic model

Atoms, elements and compounds

The modern periodic table

The conservation of mass

Reactions

Chemical reactions

The pH scale

Neutralisation reactions

Reactions of acids and metals

Combustion

 

Year 7

 

Year 7 programme of study
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Cells

Structure and functions of animal and plant cells

The role of diffusion and movement of materials between cells

Specialised cells

Using microscopes

Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells

Infection and response

The effects of recreational drugs

Bacteria, viruses and fungi

Defence against pathogens

Reducing the spread of infectious disease in animals and plants

Organisation

Skeletal and muscular systems

Nutrition and digestion

Gas exchange systems

Cellular respiration

Forces

Speed

Distance/time graphs

Motion

Interaction between forces

Moments

Measuring forces

Waves

Sound waves

Light waves

Wave frequency

Pressure of waves

Transmission of waves

Energy

Energy values in food

Comparing energy values

Energy resources

Quantifying energy

Energy transfers

Heating and thermal equilibrium

Particles

States of matter

Pure and impure substances

Separation of substances

Mixtures

Periodic table

Differences between atoms, elements and compounds

The basic principles of the periodic table

Metals and non-metals

The simple atomic model

Atoms, elements and compounds

The modern periodic table

The conservation of mass

Reactions

Chemical reactions

The pH scale

Neutralisation reactions

Reactions of acids and metals

Combustion

 

Year 8

Year 8 programme of study
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Photosynthesis

The production of food from plants

The adaptations of plants

Gaseous exchange in plants

Limiting factors of photosynthesis

Use of glucose in plants

Genes

Variation

Survival of the fittest

Adaptations

Adolescence

Reproduction

Ecosystems

Food chains and webs

Population changes in an ecosystem

Predator prey relationships

Competition

Plant reproduction

 

Electricity and electromagnets

Magnets and magnetic fields

Electromagnets

Circuits

Potential difference

Resistance

Series and parallel circuits

 

Waves

Sound

Light

Wave effects

Wave properties

Frequency and amplitude

Reflection

Refraction

Eye and vision

Colour

 

Reactions

Energy changes

Endothermic and exothermic reactions

Order of reactivity

Using carbon in obtaining metals

Ceramics, polymers and composites.

Acids and alkalis

 

Earth

The composition of the earth

The structure of the earth

The rock cycle

Earth resources

The carbon cycle

The composition of the atmosphere

The impact of burning fossil fuels on the climate

Climate change

Year 9

Year 9 programme of study
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Biology paper 1

Cell Biology

Eukaryotes and prokaryotes

Animal and plant cells

Cell specialisation

Cell differentiation

Microscopy

Culturing microorganisms (biology only)

Chromosomes

Mitosis and the cell cycle

Stem cells

Diffusion

Osmosis

Active transport

Organisation

Principles of organisation

The human digestive system

The heart and blood vessels

Coronary heart disease: a non-communicable disease

Health issues

The effect of lifestyle on some non-communicable diseases

Cancer

Plant tissues

Plant organ system

 

Infection and response

Communicable (infectious) diseases

Viral diseases

Bacterial diseases

Fungal diseases

Protist diseases

Human defence systems

Vaccination

Antibiotics and painkillers

Discovery and development of drugs

Monoclonal antibodies(Biology only)

Plant disease(Biology only)

Bioenergetics

Photosynthetic reaction

Rate of photosynthesis

Uses of glucose form photosynthesis

Aerobic and anaerobic respiration

Response to exercise

Metabolism

 

Chemistry Paper 1

Atomic structure and the periodic table

Atoms, elements and compounds

Mixtures

The development of the model of the atom

Relative electrical charges of subatomic particles

Size and mass of atoms

Relative atomic mass

Electronic structure

The periodic table

Development of the periodic table

Metals and non-metals

Group 0

Group 1

Group 7

Properties of transition metals (chemistry only)

Comparison with Group 1 elements

Typical properties (chemistry only

 

Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

Chemical Bonds

Ionic bonding

Ionic compounds

Covalent bonding

Metallic bonding

The three states of matter

State symbols

Properties of ionic compounds

Properties of small molecules

Polymers

Giant covalent structures

Properties of metal and alloys

Structure and bonding of carbon

Diamond

Graphite

Graphene and fullerenes

Sizes of particles and their properties (chemistry only)

Uses of nanoparticles (chemistry only)

 

 

Quantitative Chemistry

Conservation of mass and balanced symbol equations

Relative formula mass

Mass changes when a reactant or product is a gas

Chemical measurements

Moles

Amounts of substances in equations

Using moles to balance equations

Limiting reactants

Concentration of solutions

Percentage yield (Chemistry only)

Atom economy (chemistry only)

Using concentrations in mol/dm³ (chemistry only)

Use the amount of substance in relation to volumes of gases (chemistry only)

Chemical Changes

Reactivity of metals

Metal oxides

The reactivity series

Extraction of metals and reduction

Oxidation and reduction in terms of electrons

Reactions of acids with metals

Neutralisation of acids and salt production

Soluble salts

The pH scale and neutralisation

Titrations (chemistry Only)

Strong and weak acids

The process of electrolysis

Electrolysis of molten ionic compounds

Using electrolysis to extract metals

Electrolysis of aqueous solutions

Representation of reactions at electrodes as half equations

Energy Changes

Energy transfer during exothermic and endothermic reactions

Reaction profiles

The energy change of reactions

Chemical cells and fuel cells (chemistry only)

 

Year 10 Programme of study
Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Physics paper 1

Energy

Energy stores and systems

Changes in energy

Energy changes in systems

Power

Energy transfers in a system

Efficiency

National and global energy resources

Electricity

Standard circuit diagram symbols

Electrical charge and current

Current, resistance and potential difference

Resistors

Series and parallel circuits

Direct and alternating potential difference

Mains electricity

Power

Energy transfers in everyday appliances

The National Grid

Static electricity (physics only)

Electric fields(physics only)

Particle model

Density of materials

Changes of state

Internal energy

Temperature changes in a system and specific heat capacity

Changes of heat and specific latent heat

Particle motion in gases

Pressure in gases (physics only)

Increasing the pressure of a gas (physics only) (HT only)

 

Atomic structure

The structure of an atom

Mass number, atomic number and isotopes

The development of the model of the atom

Radioactive decay and nuclear radiation

Nuclear equations

Half-lives and the random nature of radioactive decay

Radioactive contamination

Hazards and uses of radioactive emissions and of background radiation (physics only

Nuclear fission and fusion (physics only)

Biology Paper 2

Homeostasis and response

Homeostasis

Structure and function of the human nervous system

The brain(Biology only)

The eye (Biology only)

Control of body temperature (Biology only)

Human endocrine system

Control of blood glucose concentration

Hormones in human reproduction

Contraception

The uses of hormone to treat infertility

Negative feedback

Inheritance, Variation and evolution

Sexual and asexual reproduction

Meiosis

DNA and the Genome

Genetic inheritance

Inherited disorders

Sex determination

Variation

Evolution

Selective breeding

Genetic engineering

Cloning(Biology only)

Theory of evolution (Biology only)

Speciation (Biology only)

The understanding of genetics (Biology only)

Evidence for evolution

Fossils

Extinction

Resistant bacteria

Classification of living organisms

 

Ecology

Communities

Abiotic factors

Biotic factors

Adaptations

Levels of organisation

Biodiversity

Waste management

Decomposition (biology only)

Impact of environmental change (biology only)

Land use

Deforestation

Global warming

Maintaining biodiversity

Trophic levels in an ecosystem (biology only)

Trophic levels

Pyramid of biomass(biology only)

Transfer of biomass(Biology only)

Food production (biology only)

Factors affecting food security(biology only)

Farming techniques(biology only)

Sustainable fisheries(biology only)

Role of Biotechnology(biology only)

 

Physics Paper 2

Forces

Scalar and vector quantities

Gravity

Resultant forces

Work done and energy transfer

Forces and elasticity

Moments, levers and gears (physics only)

Pressure in a fluid 1  (physics only)

Pressure in a fluid 2 (HT only)

Atmospheric pressure

Distance and displacement

Speed

Velocity

The distance–time relationship

Acceleration

Newton’s First Law

Newton’s Second Law

Newton’s Third Law

Stopping distance

Reaction time

Factors affecting braking distance 1

Factors affecting braking distance 2

Momentum is a property of moving objects  (HT only)

Conservation of momentum (HT only)

Changes in momentum (physics only)

 

Waves

Transverse and longitudinal waves

Properties of waves

Reflection of waves (physics only)

Sound waves (physics only) (HT only)

Waves for detection and exploration (physics only) (HT only)

Types of electromagnetic waves

Properties of electromagnetic waves 1

Properties of electromagnetic waves 2

Uses and applications of electromagnetic waves

Lenses (physics only)

Visible light (physics only)

Emission and absorption of infrared radiation (physics only)

Perfect black bodies and radiation (physics only)

Magnetism and electromagnetism

Poles of a magnet

Magnetic fields

Electromagnetism

Fleming’s left-hand rule (HT only)

Electric motors (HT only)

Loudspeakers (physics only) (HT only)

Induced potential (HT only)

Uses of the generator effect (HT only)

Microphones (HT only)

Transformers (HT only)

Our solar system (physics only)

The life cycle of a star

Orbital motion, natural and artificial satellites

Red-shift (physics only)

Space physics (GCSE Physics only)

Our solar system (physics only)

The life cycle of a star (physics only)

Orbital motion, natural and artificial satellites(physics only)

Red-shift (physics only)

Year 11

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Chemistry Paper 2

Rate and extent of chemical change

Calculating rate of reaction

Factors which effect the rates of chemical reactions

Collision theory and activation energy

Catalysts

Reversible reactions

Energy changes and reversible reactions

Equilibrium

The effect of changing conditions on equilibrium

The effect of changing concentration on equilibrium

The effect of temperature changes on equilibrium

The effect of pressure changes on equilibrium

 

Organic chemistry

Crude oil, hydrocarbons and alkanes

Fractional distillation and petrochemicals

Properties of hydrocarbons

Cracking and alkenes

Structure and formulae of alkenes (chemistry only)

Reactions of alkenes(chemistry only)

Alcohols(chemistry only)

Carboxylic acids(chemistry only)

Addition polymerisation(chemistry only)

Condensation polymerisation (chemistry only)

Amino acids(chemistry only)

DNA and other naturally occurring polymers (chemistry only)

 

Chemical analysis

Pure substances

Formulations

Chromatography

Identification of common gases

Test for hydrogen

Test for oxygen

Test for carbon dioxide

Test for chlorine

Flame tests (chemistry only)

Metal hydroxides(chemistry only)

Carbonates(chemistry only)

Halides (chemistry only)

Sulfates(chemistry only)

Instrumental methods(chemistry only)

Flame emission spectroscopy(chemistry only)

 

Chemistry of the atmosphere

The proportions of different gases in the atmosphere

The Earth’s early atmosphere

How oxygen increased

How carbon dioxide decreased

Greenhouse  gases

Human activities contribution to greenhouse gases

Global climate change

The carbon footprint and its reduction

Atmospheric pollutants from fuels

Properties and effects of atmospheric pollutants

 

Using resources

Using the earth’s resources and sustainable development

Potable water

Waste water treatment

Alternative methods of extracting metals

Life cycle assessment

Ways of reducing the use of resources

Using materials (chemistry only)

Corrosion and its prevention(chemistry only)

Alloys as useful materials

Ceramics polymers and composites (chemistry only)

The Haber process(chemistry only)

Production of NPK fertilisers(chemistry only)

 

 

Revision and exams