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Science

Overview

At Springwell Community College, students follow a varied and interesting range of topics in Science. The topics covered at Key Stage 3 are chosen to engage students in the subject and to grow their enthusiasm for it. They are also based around teaching students the core concepts for Science; key ideas and practical investigations.

At Key Stage 4 we follow the AQA GCSE specification.  This is delivered across Years 10 and 11.

 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 we deliver a wide range of subjects. Key Stage 3 is mostly delivered in Year 7 and Year 8.  Year 9 is based around preparing students for the challenges of the GCSE course, and linking the content together with the key stage 3 work. In Key Stage 3, students will cover all of the disciplines; physics, biology, chemistry.
Students will get to conduct a variety of practical investigations, as well as covering theory in the classroom. Some opportunities for trips are also given.

 

Year 7

 In Year 7 we cover:

• Organisms – cells and movement
• Matter – particles and separating mixtures
• Forces – speed and gravity
• Energy – transfers and cost
• Reactions – acids, alkalis, metals, and non-metals
• Ecosystem – interdependence and respiration
• Genes – reproduction and variation
• Electromagnets – current, voltage, and resistance
• Earth and beyond – structure and universe
• Waves – light, reflection, and refraction

 

Year 8

In Year 8, we cover:

• Organisms – digestion and breathing
• Matter – elements and periodic table
• Energy – heating, cooling, and work
• Reaction – types of reactions and chemical energy
• Genes – inheritance and evolution
• Earth and beyond – Earth’s resources, and climate
• Forces – contact and pressure
• Electromagnets – magnetism
• Waves – properties, and sound

 

Year 9

In Year 9 we begin to link Key Stage 3 science with content found in GCSE and use this to answer a series of ‘BIG’ questions.  The questions answered can be seen below:

• Why is the sky blue?
• What’s the fuss about fracking?
• Why do we need bees?
• Can you survive in a falling lift?
• Why are fireworks different colours?
• Could a zombie apocalypse really happen?
• Can I survive being struck by lightning?
• Why does coffee keep you awake?

 

Key Stage 4

Over Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and Year 11), students study the AQA specification for GCSE. Students cover a wide range of topics covering the three disciplines of Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Alongside this, students across both Year 10 and Year 11 learn about how to work scientifically through the four enquiry processes:

• Analysis; presentation of data, analysing patterns, drawing conclusions and discussing limitations.
• Communicate; constructing explanations, communicating ideas, critiquing claims and justifying opinions.
• Enquire; consisting of devising questions, testing hypotheses, planning to control variables and collecting data.
• Solve; consisting of estimating risks, examining consequences, interrogating sources and understanding how scientific ideas change over time.

Students also have the option of studying for the Triple Award. This will be discussed towards the end of Year 9 once students have started to explore the content of the GCSE.

 

Facilities

We are situated in discover pod where we have access to 6 large labs and 2 technician rooms. We are fully resourced to conduct experiments/practicals. We also have access to a wide range of ICT including laptops and iPads. 

 

Enrichment

Students are offered the opportunity to take part in a variety of trips over Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.  Year 7 also have access to a science club that is free of charge and run after college in Discover pod.