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Science

Our Science curriculum at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 is designed to accommodate students of all abilities and all aspirations. We aim to deliver a clear and concise curriculum in all three disciplines of science; biology, chemistry and physics.

Our students will receive a carefully balanced curriculum of theory and practical learning in our purpose-built laboratories at Queen Elizabeth School. With our ambitious extracurricular programme, we strive to provide our learners the best opportunities to develop their ingenuity and their abilities to relate the enacted curriculum to real-life applications.

We’ve ensured that:

  • the biology, chemistry and physics content is presented clearly, in a logical teaching order across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4
  • the subject content and required practical’s are also in our science curriculum which are delivered safely in our laboratories and aims to equip all learners with necessary dexterity skills
  • all our science qualifications provide opportunities for progression. Combined science: trilogy and triple sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) gives students the option to progress to A Levels in science or other subjects.

Key stage 3

Year 7

Biology


PLC Sheet (H/S)

Regular homework

Mid Modular Assessment

End of Unit Test

Chemistry


PLC Sheet (H/S)

Regular homework

Mid Modular Assessment

End of Unit Test

Physics


PLC Sheet (H/S)

Regular homework

Mid Modular Assessment

End of Unit Test

Chapter 1 - Cells – The Building Blocks of Life 

(18 Lessons)

Chapter 3 – Mixing, Dissolving and Separating

(16 Lessons) 

Chapter 5 – Forces and Their Effects

(18 Lessons)

Chapter 2 - Eating, Drinking and Breathing 

(17 Lessons)

Chapter 4 – Elements, Compounds and Reactions

(18 Lessons)

Chapter 6 – Energy Transfers and Sound

(18 Lessons)

Year 8

Biology


PLC Sheet (H/S)

Regular homework

Mid Modular Assessment

End of Unit Test

Chemistry


PLC Sheet (H/S)

Regular homework

Mid Modular Assessment

End of Unit Test

Physics


PLC Sheet (H/S)

Regular homework

Mid Modular Assessment

End of Unit Test

Chapter 1 - Cells – The Building Blocks of Life 

(18 Lessons)

Chapter 3 – Mixing, Dissolving and Separating

(16 Lessons) 

Chapter 5 – Forces and Their Effects

(18 Lessons)

Chapter 2 - Eating, Drinking and Breathing 

(17 Lessons)

Chapter 4 – Elements, Compounds and Reactions

(18 Lessons)

Chapter 6 – Energy Transfers and Sound

(18 Lessons)

 

Key Stage 4 

Trilogy (Combined) science

Biology

(1hr 15min, 70marks, 16.7% GCSE)


(Foundation or Higher)


-Multiple choice

-Structured

-Closed short answer

-Open response

Chemistry

(1hr 15min, 70marks, 16.7% GCSE)


(Foundation or Higher)


-Multiple choice

-Structured

-Closed short answer

-Open response

Physics

(1hr 15min, 70marks, 16.7% GCSE)


(Foundation or Higher)


-Multiple choice

-Structured

-Closed short answer

-Open response

Year 9

B1 Cell Biology 

(14 lessons, Paper 1)

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

C1 Atomic Structure

(18 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

P1 Energy

(14 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

B2 Photosynthesis

(12 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

C2 Structure, bonding and properties

(15 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

P2 Electricity

(14 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

B3 Moving and Changing Materials

(17 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

C3 Chemical Quantities and Calculations

(10 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

P3 Particle model of matter

(10 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

B4 Health Matters

(15 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

C4 Chemical Changes

(17 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

P4 Atomic Structure

(9 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

B5 Coordination and Control

(16 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

C5 Energy Changes

(6 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

P5 Forces

(18 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

B6 Genetics

(19 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

C6 The rate and extent of Chemical Change

(14 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

P6 Waves

(15 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

B7 Variation and Evolution

(17 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

C7 Hydrocarbons

(7 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

P7 Electromagnetism

(8 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

B8 Ecology in Action

(16 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

C8 Chemical Analysis

(7 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

C9 The Atmosphere

(12 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

C10 Sustainable Development

(8 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Triple science

Biology

(1hr 45min, 100marks, 50% GCSE each paper


(Foundation or Higher)


-Multiple choice

-Structured

-Closed short answer

-Open response

Chemistry

(1hr 45min, 100marks, 50% GCSE)


(Foundation or Higher)


-Multiple choice

-Structured

-Closed short answer

-Open response

Physics

(1hr 45min, 100marks, 50% GCSE)


(Foundation or Higher)


-Multiple choice

-Structured

-Closed short answer

-Open response

Year 9

B1 Cell Biology 

(17 +3 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

C1 Atomic Structure

(19 +1 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

P1 Energy

(14 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

B2 Photosynthesis

(12 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

C2 Structure, bonding and properties

(17 +2 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

P2 Electricity

(15 +1 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

B3 Moving and Changing Materials

(18 +1 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

C3 Chemical Quantities and Calculations

(14 +4 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 9

P3 Particle model of matter

(10 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

B4 Health Matters

(18 +3 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

C4 Chemical Changes

(18 +1 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

P4 Atomic Structure

(13 +4 lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

B5 Coordination and Control

(29 +13 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

C5 Energy Changes

(7 +1lessons, Paper 1) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

P5 Forces

(21 +3 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

B6 Genetics

(14 +5 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

C6 The rate and extent of Chemical Change

(14 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 10

P6 Waves

(23 +8 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

B7 Variation and Evolution

(21 +4lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

C7 Hydrocarbons

(15 +8 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

P7 Electromagnetism

(12 +4lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

B8 Ecology in Action

(24 +8 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

C8 Chemical Analysis

(12 +5 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

P8 Space

(9 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

C9 The Atmosphere

(12 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

Year 11

C10 Sustainable Development

(13 +5 lessons, Paper 2) 

+ End of unit Assessment

 

Enrichment

  • Gardening club
  • Young engineers
  • Home insulation
  • Sugar rush
  • Chemistry in plumbing
  • Railway repair
  • Construction reinforcement 
  • Physics in mechanics 
  • Hydroponic farming
  • Biomimicry research
  • 3d printer assembly and operation
  • Chick hatching 
  • Numerous educational visits

Key skills you will learn:

Our course is designed to develop well rounded scientists who have a good grounding across all three disciplines of science. After successful completion of the course , our learners will have developed a range of skills that include:

  • Being able to explain processes or phenomena, logically and in detail, making use of abstract ideas and models from different areas of science
  • Analysing the development of scientific theories through the emergence of new, accepted ideas and evidence
  • Evaluating the effects of scientific or technological developments on society as a whole
  • Making balanced judgements about particular scientific or technological developments by evaluating the economic ethical/moral, social or cultural implications
  • Processing data, including using multi-step calculations and compound measures, to identify complex relationships between variables
  • Suggesting and justifying improvements to experimental procedures using detailed scientific knowledge and understanding and suggest coherent strategies to take particular investigations further
  • Making sets of observations or measurements, identifying the ranges and intervals used.

Our enacted curriculum will also aim to develop additional skills:

  • Working scientifically
  • Dexterity skills
  • Teamwork
  • Organisation
  • Problem solving
  • Analytical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Time management
  • Research
  • Prioritising
  • Delegation
  • Planning
  • Active listening
  • Planning
  • Co-operation
  • Reliability.

Next Steps:

A wide range of opportunities are available for learners who have acquired a qualification in double or triple science.

courses:

  • A Level sciences (refer to college entry grade requirements)
  • Vocational courses in science including biomedical sciences, engineering and veterinary sciences

Careers:

  • Teacher
  • Medical sciences (doctor, nurse, microbiologist and other medical related professions)
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Gas engineer
  • Plumber
  • Architect
  • Motor vehicle technician
  • Horticulture scientist

Contact:

Head of Department: Mrs N Noreen - nnoreen@qesluton.co.uk