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KS4 Combined Science
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Key Stage 3 Science

Year 7

 

Subject Content

 

 

 

 

 

At Park Lane Academy we follow the KS3 AQA specification which follows the national curriculum and  links with the GCSE AQA science course at ks4

Passport to science year 7

Y7 Kick start to practical skills

  • Movement
  • Cells
  • Particle model
  • Separating mixtures
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Speed
  • Gravity
  • Current
  • Voltage and resistance
  • Interdependence
  • Plant reproduction
  • Earth structure
  • Universe
  • Energy costs
  • Energy transfer
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Variation
  • Human reproduction
  • STEM activities

KS3 Fundamental Skills 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Numeracy skills
  • Literacy skills
  • Apparatus and technique
  • Working scientifically
  • knowledge
  • Application of knowledge

Background/Extended Learning

 

 

BBC Bitesize Subjects
Planet-science.com

 

Students can also log on to www.kerboodle.com to access the ks3 activate science book and science resources

 

 

Year 8

 

Subject Content 

 

 

 

 

 

At Park Lane Academy we follow the KS3 AQA specification which follows the national curriculum and  links with the GCSE AQA science course at ks4

Passport to science year 8

Y8 kick start to practical skills

  • Breathing
  • Digestion
  • Periodic table
  • elements
  • Types of reaction
  • Evolution
  • Inheritance
  • Chemical energy
  • Work
  • Heating and cooling
  • Climate
  • Earth resources
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnets
  • Contact forces
  • Pressure
  • Waves
  • STEM activities

KS3 Fundamental Skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Numeracy skills
  • Literacy skills
  • Apparatus and technique
  • Working scientifically
  • knowledge
  • Application of knowledge

 

Background/Extended Learning

 

 

 

BBC Bitesize Subjects

Planet-science.com

Students can also log on to www.kerboodle.com to access the ks3 activate science book and science resources

 

 Year 9

Subject Content  AQA Science Trilogy course AQA separate science

Biology

  • Cell structure and transport
  • Cell division
  • Organisation and the digestive system
  • Organisation in animals and plants
  • Communicable diseases
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Photosynthesis

 

 

Chemistry

 

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical calculations
  • Chemical changes
  • Structure and bonding
  • Electrolysis

 

Physics

  • Energy changes
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Energy transfer by heating
  • Energy resources
  • Electrical circuits
  • Electricity in the home
  • Molecules and matter
  • Radioactivity

Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Eukaryotes and prokaryotes
  • Animal and plant cells
  • Cell specialisation
  • Cell differentiation
  • Microscopy
  • Culturing microorganisms
  • Mitosis and the cell cycle
  • Stem cells
  • Organisation

 

  • Principles of organisation.
  • Animal tissues, organs and organ systems.
  • The heart and blood vessels.
  • Blood.
  • Coronary heart disease: a non-communicable disease.
  • Health issues.
  • Plant tissues, organs and systems.
  • Infection and response.
  • Communicable diseases.
  • Monoclonal antibodies.

Plant disease.

Chemistry

 

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table.
  • A simple model of the atom, symbols, relative atomic mass,
  • electronic charge and isotopes
  • The periodic table
  • Properties of transition metals
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter.
  • Chemical bonds, ionic, covalent and metallic.
  • How bonding and structure are related to the properties of
  • Substances.
  • Structure and bonding of carbon
  • Bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles
  • Quantitative chemistry 
  • Chemical measurements, conservation of mass and the quantitative
  • Interpretation of chemical equations
  • Use of amount of substance in relation to masses of pure substances
  • Yield and atom economy of chemical reactions
  • Using concentrations of solutions in mol/dm3
  • Use of amount of substance in relation to volumes of gases

 

Physics

  • Energy
  • Energy changes in a system, and the ways energy is stored before
  • and after such changes.
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Efficiency
  • Energy transfers in a system

 

  • Electricity
  • Current, potential difference and resistance
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Domestic uses and safety
  • Energy transfers
  • Static electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Changes of state and the particle model
  • Internal energy and energy transfers
  • Particle model and pressure
KS3 Fundamental Skills 
  • Numeracy skills.
  • Working scientifically skills.
  • Application skills.
  • Apparatus and technique skills based on the required practicals.
  • Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical activities.


These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification.

Many of the questions will also focus on investigative skills and how well students can apply what they know to practical situations often in novel contexts.

 

Required practicals – biology:

  • Microscopy
  • Osmosis
  • Food tests
  • Enzymes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Reaction time
  • Field investigations

 

Chemistry:

  • Making salts
  • Electrolysis
  • Temperature changes
  • Rates of reaction
  • Chromatography
  • Water purification

 

Physics:

  • Specific heat capacity
  • Resistance
  • I-V characteristics
  • Density
  • Force and extension
  • Acceleration
  • Waves
  • Radiation and absorption
  • Numeracy skills.
  • Working scientifically skills.
  • Application skills.
  • Apparatus and technique skills based on the required practicals.
  • Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained
  • by carrying out the practical activities.
  • These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification.

Many of the questions will also focus on investigative skills and how well students can apply what they know to practical situations often in novel contexts.

 

Required practicals – biology:

  • Microscopy
  • Osmosis
  • Food tests
  • Enzymes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Reaction time
  • Field investigations
  • plant responses
  • Decay

 

 

Chemistry:

  • Making salts Electrolysis
  • Temperature changes
  • Rates of reaction
  • Chromatography
  • Water purification
  • Identifying ions

 

 

Physics:

  • Specific heat capacity
  • Resistance
  • Thermal insulation
  • I-V characteristics
  • Density
  • Force and extension
  • Acceleration
  • Waves
  • Radiation and absorption
  • light
Background/Extended Learning

BBC Bitesize Exam Specs


Students can also log on to www.kerboodle.com to access the ks3 activate science book and science resources

Biology 

BBC Bitesize Exam Specs

Chemistry 

BBC Bitesize Exam Specs


Physics 

BBC Bitesize Exam Specs
Primrosekitten.com

My-Gcse.com

Docbrown.info


Students can also log on to www.kerboodle.com

 to access the ks3 activate science book and

science resources

 

 Key Stage 4

Course Name

 

 Trilogy Combined Science

Exam Board

 

AQA

Assessment Detail

 

 

 

Biology Paper 1

What's assessed

Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

 

Biology Paper 2

What's assessed

Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

 

Chemistry Paper 1

What's assessed

Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

 

Chemistry Paper 2

What's assessed

Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

 

Physics Paper 1

What's assessed

Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

 

Physics Paper 2

What's assessed

Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

 

Web Link to  specification

 

 

Specification

 

Subject Content 

Year 10

Biology

  • Biogenetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Organisation and the digestive system
  • Organisation in plants and animals
  • Communicable diseases
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Bioenergetics (Photosynthesis and respiration)
  • Cell division
  • Non communicable diseases
  • Organising and ecosystem
  • Adaptations, interdependence and competition

Chemistry

 

  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Energy transfer by heating
  • Electrolysis
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Atomic structure
  • The periodic table
  • Structure and bonding
  • Chemical changes
  • Molecules in matter
  • Crude oil
  • Polymers
  • Physics

 

  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Forces in balance
  • Energy resources
  • Motion
  • Forces and motion

 

Year 11

Biology

 

  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Simple inheritance in plants and animals
  • Energy from respiration
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • Energy from the nucleus

 

  • Chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Chemistry calculations
  • Rates of reaction
  • Acids, bases and electrolysis

 

Physics

  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Current electricity
  • Mains electricity
  • Work, energy and momentum
  • Radioactivity
  • Motion
  • Forces

 

 

 

 

 

Skills Taught

 

 

 

 

 

  • Numeracy skills
  • Working scientifically skills
  • Application skills
  • Apparatus and technique skills based on the required practicals
  • Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical activities.

These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification. Many of the questions will also focus on investigative skills and how well students can apply what they know to practical situations often in novel contexts.

 

Required practicals – Biology:

  • Microscopy
  • Osmosis
  • Food tests
  • Enzymes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Reaction time
  • Field investigations

 

Chemistry:

  • Making salts
  • Electrolysis
  • Temperature changes
  • Rates of reaction
  • Chromatography
  • Water purification

 

Physics:

 

  • Specific heat capacity
  • Resistance
  • I-V characteristics
  • Density
  • Force and extension
  • Acceleration
  • Waves
  • Radiation and absorption

Background/Extended Learning

 

BBC Bitesize Exam Specs

Primrosekitten.com

My-gcsescience.com

Docbrown.info

 

 

Students can also log on to www.kerboodle.com to access the ks4 9-1 science books and science resources

 

Key Stage 4

Course Name

 

 Separate Science

Exam Board

 

AQA

Assessment Detail

 

 

 

GCSE Biology

Paper 1

What's assessed

Topics 1–4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

Paper 2

What's assessed

Topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

GCSE Chemistry

Paper 1:

What's assessed

Topics 1–5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

Paper 2:

What's assessed

Topics 6–10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

GCSE Physics

Paper 1:

What's assessed

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

Paper 2:

What's assessed

Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Questions in paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity.

How it's assessed

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

 

Web Link to specification

 

Biology Specification

 

Chemistry Specification

 

Physics Specification

 

 

Subject Content 

Year 10 Biology

 

  • Bioenergetics
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  • Metabolism
  • Response to exercise
  • Homeostasis and response

 

  • Homeostasis
  • The human nervous system
  • Control of body temperature
  • Hormonal coordination in humans
  • Hormones in human reproduction
  • Contraception
  • Plant hormones

 

  • Infection and Response
  • Communicable diseases
  • Vaccination
  • Antibiotics and painkillers
  • Discovery and development of drugs
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Plant disease

 

Year 10 Chemistry

 

  • Energy changes
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Chemical cells and fuel cells
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Rate of reaction
  • Factors which affect the rates of chemical reactions
  • Collision theory and activation energy
  • Reversible reactions and dynamic equilibrium

 

  • Organic chemistry
  • Carbon compounds as fuels and feedstock
  • Reactions of alkenes and alcohols
  • Synthetic and naturally occurring polymers

 

Year 10 Physics

 

  • Atomic structure
  • Atoms and isotopes
  • Atoms and nuclear radiation
  • Hazards and uses of radioactive emissions and of background
  • Radiation
  • Nuclear fission and fusion

 

  • Forces
  • Forces and their interactions
  • Work done and energy transfer
  • Forces and elasticity
  • Moments, levers and gears
  • Pressure and pressure differences in fluids
  • Forces and motion

 

  • Waves
  • Waves in air, fluids and solids
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Black body radiation

 

Year 11 Biology

 

  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Reproduction
  • Meiosis
  • Advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction
  • DNA and the genome
  • Content Key opportunities DNA structure
  • Genetic inheritance

 

  • Ecology
  • Organisation of an ecosystem
  • Adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • Biodiversity and the effect of human interaction on ecosystems
  • Trophic levels in an ecosystem
  • Food production

 

Year 11 Chemistry

 

  • Chemical changes
  • Reactivity of metals
  • Reactions of acids
  • Electrolysis

 

  • Chemical analysis
  • Purity, formulations and chromatography
  • Identification of common gases
  • Identification of ions by chemical and spectroscopic means

 

  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • The composition and evolution of the Earth’s atmosphere
  • Carbon dioxide and methane as greenhouse gases
  • Common atmospheric pollutants and their sources

 

Year 11 Physics

 

  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Permanent and induced magnetism, magnetic forces and fields
  • The motor effect
  • Induced potential, transformers and the National Grid

 

  • Space physics
  • Our solar system
  • The life cycle of a star
  • Solar system; stability of orbital motions; satellites
  • Orbital motion, natural and artificial satellites
  • Red-shift

 

 

 

Skills Taught

 

 

 

 

 

  • Numeracy skills
  • Working scientifically skills
  • Application skills
  • Apparatus and technique skills based on the required practicals
  • Questions in the written exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding students have gained by carrying out the practical activities.

 

These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification. Many of the questions will also focus on investigative skills and how well students can apply what they know to practical situations often in novel contexts.

 

Required practicals – Biology:

 

  • Microscopy
  • Osmosis
  • Food tests
  • Enzymes
  • Photosynthesis
  • Reaction time
  • Field investigations
  • Plant responses
  • Decay

 

 

Chemistry:

 

  • Making salts Electrolysis
  • Temperature changes
  • Rates of reaction
  • Chromatography
  • Water purification
  • Identifying ions

 

 

Physics:

 

  • Specific heat capacity
  • Resistance
  • Thermal insulation
  • I-V characteristics
  • Density
  • Force and extension
  • Acceleration
  • Waves
  • Radiation and absorption
  • Light

 

 

Background/Extended Learning

 

Biology BBC Bitesize Exam Specs

Chemistry BBC Bitesize Exam Specs

Physics BBC Bitesize Exam Specs

Primrosekitten.com

My-gcsescience.com

Docbrown.info

 

 

Students can also log on to www.kerboodle.com to access the ks4 9-1 science books and science resources