Introduction

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n Science lessons at HLC students are given the opportunity to explore the world around them and develop a curiosity for Science which will stay with them for years to come. They will get the chance to carry out experiments including explosive chemical reactions, gruesome dissections and rocket building. They will be encouraged to question all that they see and experience in a quest for knowledge and understanding of our universe and all that it contains, from the tiny ant to the vastness of space. They will learn about the natural world and gain an appreciation of the importance of science to our planet. Our dedicated team of scientists are keen to share with them their enthusiasm for science and develop the creators and innovators of the world of tomorrow.

Staff

Mr Philip Roberts

Subject Leader

Mrs O’Dell

Teacher

Ms Forvague

Teacher

Dr Wilson

Teacher

 

TBA

Teacher

Mrs Lynn Adey

Teacher

Mr John McHale

Teacher

Mrs Lauren Corbett

Teacher

 

TBA

Science Technician

Mrs Marie Briscoe

Science Technician

Miss Chloe Fletcher

Science Technician

Mr Vince Hall

Teaching Assistant

Science Curriculum.

Please be advised that the Science Curriculum below is currently being revised so this is subject to change.

Year 7
 
Hours per week: 3
Facilities on offer:
7 specialist teaching laboratories
2 preparation rooms
Data logging equipment
30 laptops
Enrichment Opportunities:
After school KS3 science club
Stem activities within the curriculum
Inter‐house Science challenges
On‐line homework and support from www.kerboodle.com
 
In year 7 pupils will begin by learning what science is and how to work safely either independently and as a member of a team in practical situations. After they have grasped the basics their journey will begin into the amazing world of science. Discovering what plants and animals are made of, explore what happens to particles and molecules in chemical reactions, and how energy is transferred and conserved, and much…much more!
 
Assessment Strategies:
HLCs Science departments’ new syllabus provider, www.kerboodle.com offers a wide range of on‐line progress tasks. With three opportunities per topic to check progress, pupils are offered the chance to attempt two on‐line progress quizzes, and written end of chapter test incorporating QWC style questions. These methods of assessment are used to diagnose your child’s strengths and areas for improvement so support can be given.
 
pdf_icon_small Year 7 Programme of Study
Year 8
 
Hours per week: 3
Facilities on offer:
7 specialist teaching laboratories
2 preparation rooms
Data logging equipment
30 laptops
Enrichment Opportunities:
After school KS3 science club
Stem activities within the curriculum
Inter‐house Science challenges
On‐line homework and support from www.kerboodle.com
 
In Year 8 pupils begin to build on their excellent knowledge gained in Year 7, and use it to understand about the body and its nutritional and energy needs. They will explore the origins of Earth, and discover how we use energy in our everyday lives.
 
Assessment Strategies:
HLCs Science departments’ new syllabus provider, www.kerboodle.com offers a wide range of on‐line progress tasks. With three opportunities per topic to check progress, pupils are offered the chance to attempt two on‐line progress quizzes, and written end of chapter test incorporating QWC style questions. These methods of assessment are used to diagnose your child’s strengths and areas for improvement so support can be given.
 
pdf_icon_small Year 8 Programme of Study
Year 9
 
Hours per week: 3
Facilities on offer:
7 specialist teaching laboratories
2 preparation rooms
Data logging equipment
30 laptops
Enrichment Opportunities:
After school KS3 science club
Stem activities within the curriculum
Inter‐house Science challenges
On‐line homework and support from www.kerboodle.com
 
In Year 9 pupils will begin to understand how medicines were developed, work now, and how they might work in the future. Use forensic science to solve a mystery. Explore human ancestry and fossils, and discover more about the origins of the universe. Year 9 provides the perfect opportunity to consolidate their independent and team work skills. It bridges the gap between key stage 3 and key stage 4, better supporting your child to succeed in GCSE Science.
 
Assessment Strategies:
HLCs Science departments’ new syllabus provider, www.kerboodle.com offers a wide range of on‐line progress tasks. With three opportunities per topic to check progress, pupils are offered the chance to attempt two on‐line progress quizzes, and written end of chapter test incorporating QWC style questions. These methods of assessment are used to diagnose your child’s strengths and areas for improvement so support can be given.
 
pdf_icon_small Year 9 Programme of Study
Year 10 & 11

AQA- GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy

What Grades Can I achieve in This Subject?

You will achieve two GCSE’s graded between 1 and 9 with 9 being the highest grade achievable.

How will my Work be assessed?

This GCSE is assessed by 100% Examination at the end of Year 11 consisting of Multiple Choice questions, closed short answer questions as well as open response questions. In year 11 pupils will sit 6 papers each 1 hour and 15 minutes worth 70 marks and contribute to 16.7% of your child’s overall grade. Both higher and Foundation Tiers of entry are available for these examinations.

What will I be studying?

Biology:
Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology.

Chemistry:
Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources.

Physics:
Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure.

Why should I study this subject?

From understanding how your body works to understanding the search for life on other planets, life in the 21st century is linked to Science in some way. A good grounding in the scientific process is essential in enabling your child to make informed and balanced judgements that will shape their life both during and after your child’s education. This course is designed to develop your child’s thinking, practical and evaluative skills which are a valuable asset when proceeding in to working life.

Is there anything else I should know?

This is a compulsory subject; however our aim is to make lessons as enjoyable as possible. We hope to enable everyone to achieve their potential. One way we aim to do this is by running intervention sessions which are targeted specifically to your child’s needs and have gained national recognition for the way they are delivered.

AQA GCSE Biology/ Chemistry/ Physics

Specification Codes – 8461/8462/8463

What Grades Can I achieve in This Subject?

You will achieve Three GCSE’s graded between 1 and 9 with 9 being the highest grade achievable for each Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

How will my Work be assessed?

This GCSE is assessed by 100% Examination at the end of Year 11 consisting of Multiple Choice questions, closed short answer questions as well as open response questions.
In year 11 pupils will sit 2 papers for each Science (Biology Chemistry and Physics, 6 exams in total). Each exam will last 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth 100 marks and contributes to 50% of your child’s overall grade. Both higher and Foundation Tiers of entry are available for these examinations.

What will I be studying?

Biology:
Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology.

Chemistry:
Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources.

Physics:
Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Space.

Why should I study this subject?

Triple Science will suit you if you have aspirations to study Science in further education e.g. if you wish to pursue a career in Science such as Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry or any specialized Scientific area. This will also suit your child if they have a strong academic ability in the three science areas. Students are invited onto the course by the Science department

Is there anything else I should know?

Selection for this course is based on your child’s performance in Science, English and Maths to ensure your child is fully equipped with the demand of this GCSE.
There will be regular homework that must be completed on time and your child must be aware and prepared to conduct their own self-study around topics. An ability to work independently is a key requirement for this course.

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development

  • Spiritual Development

    Science is at the forefront of modern society and can be the root of conflict between spiritual and scientific ideas. With greater understanding Science is able to stand alongside the spiritual beliefs and can be explored from a neutral standpoint within lessons.
    Two prime examples of when conflicting ideas arise are during the topics of Evolution of Biological Organisms and Ecosystems and The Big Bang Theory (Space) in Physics.
    It is important during these areas students demonstrate respect and acceptance of an individual’s and culture’s beliefs, whilst remaining objective to the Science being discussed.
  • Moral Development

    Scientific knowledge and understanding has had a huge impact in the development of Technology and the processes we can do as a result, such as Nuclear Energy sources, Cloning, Ethics of Organ transplantation, Animal Rights in drug development.
    This has given rise to the moral dilemma of “Should we in fact be doing these processes or should we not?”
    Students need this understanding and ability to evaluate these processes, not only for exam success but also to become rounded Scientists and individuals. This features frequently in our curriculum, through topics such as Living for the Future and Electricity, Waves and Radiation, Space, Structure and Function of Body systems.
  • Social Development

    Life expectancy is getting longer, people are more aware of the need for efficient and effective energy production; gene therapy is commonly used in treating disorders and the question of populating other celestial bodies are, but a few topics being discussed in the media.
    Science has facilitated many of these discussions, but what is the effect on our Society?
    Students need to consider the impact humans have on the world around them and how Science can support us, leaving a habitable planet for the next generation.
    Discussions surrounding this feature in Ecosystem Processes, It’s a Green World, Chemical Economics and Carbon Chemistry as well as Energy for the home.
  • Cultural Development

    Science does not share geographical borders. Science is a global forum of many different countries with a multitude of different cultures and beliefs.
    Collaboration between different Scientific communities have resulted in new discoveries and technologies. For example, Changing ideas about Space and the Universe, Understanding of Genetic variation, Confirmation and disproving of Scientific theories.
    These ideas underpin many of our scientific topics, from The Periodic Table and development of Atomic Structure, to Reproduction, Space and Living for the future.

Enrichment Opportunities:

After school KS3 science club
Stem activities within the curriculum
Inter‐house Science challenges
On‐line homework and support from www.kerboodle.com

Science News.

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