Science

Science at Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy aims to spark interest and enjoyment of the natural phenomena around us. Our curriculum develops pupils’ understanding and knowledge of key concepts that underpin everyday life, whilst promoting investigative skills that question and help pupils understand how the world works.

Aims of the Department:

  • Ensure science is for all; pupils build on their science capital and develop a love of learning about the world around us
  • Develop scientific knowledge and understanding through the disciplines of biology, chemistry, physics
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through scientific enquiry and investigation to help them answer questions about the world
  • Develop scientific thinking and working through the building of investigative skills that observe, predict and explain phenomena.

KS3 Science Curriculum Overview

In Year 7 and 8, pupils will build on the scientific concepts learnt in primary school and start to develop their investigative skills through practical activities. Assessments will be tailored to help them progress seamlessly onto the Edexcel GCSE programme of study.

Topics covered in Y7:

  • Cell, tissues and organ systems
  • Sexual reproduction in animals
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Ecosystems
  • Mixtures and Separation
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • The Particle Model
  • Atoms, Elements and Molecules
  • Energy
  • Current Electricity
  • Forces
  • Sound

Topics covered in Y8:

  • Food and Nutrition
  • Plants and their Reproduction
  • Breathing and Respiration
  • Unicellular organisms
  • Combustion
  • The Periodic Table
  • Metals and their Uses
  • Rocks
  • Fluids
  • Light
  • Energy transfer
  • Earth and Space

 


KS4 Science Curriculum Overview

In Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils study either for three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or for a double award course called Combined Science (Edexcel Exam board). In both cases pupils will study equal amounts of the three aspects of Science as outlined by the National Curriculum.

Topics covered in Y9:

  • Microscopy and enzymes, Cells and Control, Genetics
  • States of Matter and Mixtures, Atomic structure and the Periodic Table, Bonding, Chemical Changes
  • Motion, Forces, Energy, Waves and Electromagnetic Spectrum

Topics covered in Y10:

  • Natural Selection and Genetic Modification, Health and Disease, Plants
  • Calculations in Chemistry, Extracting Metals and Equilibria, Groups in the Periodic Table (Triple Scientists will also cover Transition metals, alloys and corrosion, Quantitative analysis, dynamic equilibria, chemical cells)
  • Radioactivity, Work and Forces, Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction

(Triple Scientists will also cover Astronomy)

Topics covered in Y11:

  • Exchange and transport, Ecosystems
  • Rates of Reaction and Energy Changes, Fuels and Earth Science

(Triple Scientists will also cover Alcohols, carboxylic acids, polymers, tests for ions and nanoparticles)

  • Particle model, forces and matter

After the curriculum is completed, the pupils will spend the remainder of the year preparing for their examinations by revising KS4 topics. Pupils are also offered revision sessions and additionally, some may be invited to intervention sessions.

Opportunities for enrichment:

  • Kielder Observatory Visit
  • Tyneside Aquarium Visit
  • BAE Systems STEM Roadshow
  • Centre for Life Visit
  • Physics Olympics
  • Stockton Sixth Form Masterclasses
  • Portable Planetarium
  • Festival of Ingenuity

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