Welcome to the curriculum page for Science. 

The West Hill School Science Department philosophy is based on high expectations and standards, and the desire to assist all students to achieve their full potential.

We endeavour to create an environment that encourages and rewards good behaviour and all achievement; where students can feel valued and secure, inspired and motivated at all abilities and levels.

We aim to provide lifelong skills and to develop confident individuals who can continue to succeed and enjoy their study of Science through A-Levels and beyond.

The curriculum is delivered in eight specialist rooms.

Departmental staff

  • Mr Carty - Head of Department
  • Mrs Corrigan - Second in Department
  • Miss Jedd - Key Stage Co-ordinator (Head of Year)
  • Mr Evans - Teacher
  • Mr O’Dowd - Teacher (Assistant Head)
  • Mr Whiting - Teacher (Assistant Head)
  • Mr O’Hanlon – Teacher
  • Mr Dudley -Teacher
  • Mrs Thurston - Technician.

Curriculum

Year 7

Lesson contact time is three hours per week.  The syllabus is focused on ten ‘big ideas’ that will be mirrored in Year 8 from September 2017.  This re-structured scheme of learning is designed to lay a foundation for the content met at GCSE.

  • Matter
  • Organisms
  • Energy
  • Reactions
  • Eco-system
  • Waves
  • Genes
  • Earth
  • Electromagnets
  • Forces

Year 8

Lesson contact time is three hours per week. The schemes of learning follow the Exploring Science resources. The topics met are:

  • Fluids
  • Light
  • Food and nutrition
  • Plants and their reproduction
  • Combustion
  • The periodic table
  • Breathing and Respiration
  • Unicellular organisms
  • Energy Transfers
  • Earth and Space
  • Metals and their uses
  • Rocks

Year 9

Lesson contact time is three hours per week. Each Science is taught separately by specialist teachers. The topics follow the new GCSE AQA Trilogy Science syllabus and are as follows:

  • Atomic Structure and Periodic table
  • Energy and Energy resources
  • Cells and Organisation

Year 10

Lesson contact time is six hours per week. Students follow the AQA GCSE syllabuses for Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Combined ‘Trilogy’ Science. 

 The topics are as follows:

Biology

  • Cell Biology; Organisation 
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative Chemistry;
  • Chemical changes

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Year 11

Lesson contact time is six hours per week. Students follow the AQA GCSE syllabuses for Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Combined ‘Trilogy’ Science. 

 The topics are as follows:

Biology

  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology.

Chemistry

  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources.

Physics

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Space  (Separates Science only)

Equipment

To support your son’s learning and engagement in this subject he needs to have:

  • A scientific calculator.
  • A fully equipped pencil case including: Blue/black/green ball point pens,  a pencil , a sharpener, a protractor,  a 30cm ruler, highlighter pens  a glue stick and a pair of compasses and an eraser.

Resources

To support your son, resources are available on the school’s VLE, vle.westhillschool.co.uk.  We also make use of doddle and the BBC Bitesize website.  In Years 7 to 8, there are recommended study guides and workbooks that we purchase on your behalf.  We evaluate the suitability of the resources each year and so full details, including cost, will be communicated at the start of the summer term.

Qualifications

In years 9, 10 and 11, the boys follow the AQA GCSE syllabuses for Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Trilogy Science. 

The courses are assessed by examinations only at the end of Year 11. 

Further details are available from the examination board through the following link:   http://www.aqa.org.uk/

 

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