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Science

The Department

Welcome to the Science department at Rose Bridge. We strive to cater for each of our students by providing a wide range of diverse courses, delivering high standard lessons and maintaining high expectations. We have 5 fully functioning and well equipped teaching laboratories plus one ICT suite. The Science team at Rose Bridge is dedicated to ensuring that every student is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We strive to pass on our enthusiasm for Science and engage students in fun and relevant activities.

“The study of science fires pupils' curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.” Science programme of study for Key Stage 3, © Qualifications and Curriculum Authority 2007

Key Stage 3

At key Stage 3 our students are taught in ability groups whereby students are placed in the most appropriate group for their target level with changes being made if students make excellent progress or where they need extra support. We follow a topic based programme which allows Science to be learned through interesting and relevant lessons. Each topic links to one of the three Science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Progress of our students is monitored through formal testing as well as tasks that demonstrate scientific understanding.

The following themes are studied:

Year 7

  • Cells, tissies, organs & systems
  • Sexual reproduction in animals
  • Muscles & Bones
  • Ecosystems
  • Mixtures & Separation
  • Acids & alkalis
  • The particle model
  • Atoms, elements & compounds
  • Energy
  • Current electricity
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Rocks
  • Earth & Space

Year 8

  • Food & Nutrition
  • Plants & Reproduction
  • Breathing & respiration
  • Unicellular organisms
  • Combustion
  • The Periodic Table
  • Metals & their uses
  • Fluids
  • Light
  • Energy Transfers
  • Genetics & Evolution
  • Plant Growth
  • Making Materials
  • Reactivity
  • Forces & Motion
  • Force Fields & electromagnets

KS4

The Science courses offered at Rose Bridge Academy prepare students for further studies in the Sciences. They provide a variety of interesting activities and experiences, identifying links to scientific ideas and their implications for society. They also present opportunities to develop scientific explanations and theories.

Students that opt for the Triple Science pathway will study 3 separate GCSEs, following the Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses. If students have not opted for separate sciences they will study Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Combined Science, which is awards 2 GCSE grades. Students who have followed both courses have gone on to study science related A Levels at college.

Assessment comes in the form of 6 written examinations (2 for Biology, 2 for Chemistry and 2 for Physics). Each examination is 1 hour 10 minutes long for Combined Science and 1 hour 45 minutes for the separate sciences. All examinations are offered at either foundation or higher tiers. The foundation tier papers will target grades 1–5. The higher tier papers will target grades 4–9.

Both courses cover the following topics over a 3 year period

Biology Chemistry Physics
Common Concepts in Biology States of Matter, Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances Motion
Cells and Control Atomic Structure Forces and Motion
Genetics The Periodic Table Conservation of Energy
Natural Selection and Genetic Modification Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substance Waves
Health, Disease and the Development of Medicines Acids and Alkalis Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Plant Structures and their Functions Calculations Involving Masses Radioactivity
Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis Electrolytic Process, Obtaining and Using Metals, Reversible Reactions and Equilibria, Transition Metals, Alloys and Corrosion *Astronomy
Exchange and Transport in Animals *Quantitative Analysis, Dynamic Equilibria, Calculations Involving Volumes of Gases, Chemical Cells and Fuel Cells Electricity and Circuits, *Static Electricity
Ecosystems and Material Cycles Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reaction, Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions Magnetism and the Motor Effect, Electromagnetic Induction
Fuels, Earth and Atmospheric Science Magnetism and the Motor Effect, Electromagnetic Induction
Fuels, Earth and Atmospheric Science Particle Model, Forces and Matter
*Hydrocarbons, Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids, Polymers *Qualitative Analysis: Test for Ions, Bulk and Surface Properties of Matter Including Nanoparticles

*Topics in bold are separate science only

Year 11

Academic Pathway

This option fully prepares students for further studies in the Sciences at Advanced Level (A-Level). Students that opt for the academic pathway study Triple Science which is 3 separate GCSEs, following the Edexcel GCSE Science Suite. This provides a variety of interesting activities and experiences, identifying links to scientific ideas and their implications for society. It also presents opportunities to develop scientific explanations and theories.

GCSE Biology comprises of:

B1 Influences on Life – classification and inheritance, responding to a changing environment, problems and solutions to a changing environment.

B2 The Components of Life – the building blocks of cells, organisms and energy, common systems.

B3 Using Biology - control systems, behaviour, biotechnology.

GCSE Chemistry comprises of:

C1 Chemistry in our World - the Earth seas and atmosphere, materials from the Earth, acids, obtaining metals, fuels.

C2 Discovering Chemistry - atomic structure and the periodic table, ionic compounds and analysis, covalent compounds and separation techniques, groups in the periodic table, chemical reactions, quantitative chemistry.

C3 Chemistry in Action - qualitative analysis, quantitative analysis, electrolytic processes, gases equilibria and ammonia, organic chemistry

GCSE Physics comprises of:

P1 Universal Physics - visible light and the solar system, electromagnetic spectrum, waves and the Universe, waves and the Earth, generation and transmission of electricity, energy and the future.

P2 Physics for your Future - static and current electricity, controlling and using electric currents, motions and forces, momentum energy work and power, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive materials.

P3 Applications of Physics - radiation and medicine, x-rays and ECG’s, ionising radiation, motion in particles, kinetic theory and gases.

Students complete an external examination for each of the three disciplines and also complete a coursework based controlled assessment for each of the three disciplines that contributes 25% of their final grade.

Science Pathway

This option prepares students for further studies in the Sciences. Students that opt to study Double Science, which is 2 separate GCSEs following the Edexcel GCSE Science Suite. This provides a variety of interesting activities and experiences, identifying links to scientific ideas and their implications for society. It also presents opportunity to develop scientific explanations and theories. Students who have followed this course have gone on to study science related A Levels at college.

GCSE Science comprises of:

B1 Influences on Life – classification and inheritance, responding to a changing environment, problems and solutions to a changing environment.
C1 Chemistry in our World - the Earth seas and atmosphere, materials from the Earth, acids, obtaining metals, fuels.
P1 Universal Physics - visible light and the solar system, electromagnetic spectrum, waves and the Universe, waves and the Earth, generation and transmission of electricity, energy and the future.

GCSE Additional Science comprises of:

B2 The Components of Life – the building blocks of cells, organisms and energy, common systems.
C2 Discovering Chemistry - atomic structure and the periodic table, ionic compounds and analysis, covalent compounds and separation techniques, groups in the periodic table, chemical reactions, quantitative chemistry.
P2 Physics for your Future - static and current electricity, controlling and using electric currents, motions and forces, momentum energy work and power, nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, benefits and drawbacks of using radioactive materials

Students complete and external examinations for the two modules and a coursework based controlled assessment.

All of our GCSE courses can be studied at two levels: Higher: A*- D, Foundation: C – G