Science

 

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Subject Leader: Ms K Box 

Subject Leader Email Address: kate.box@swale.at

 

The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.

THOMAS BERGER

Subject overview

Science impacts every aspect of our lives. Whether it is the houses that we live in or the cars that we drive, the advances in medical treatment or the technology that makes our lives easier, science underpins it all. 

Studying science provides the foundation for understanding our material world. Science is changing our lives, and students will discover the methods, processes and uses of science in our everyday world.  Studying science is about creating student curiosity to understand the diverse complexities of our universe.  We are all connected and science holds the key to unlocking our human potential.

Year 7

Students will start their science journey at The Sittingbourne School by developing their knowledge and practical skills. These skills will allow students to explore scientific concepts which are used throughout their time with us.  

Students will study equal amounts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in order to gain an understanding of: 

Biology

  • What living things are made of
  • Why oxygen is essential for life
  • How we keep our body healthy

Chemistry

  • What everyday substances are made of
  • How we separate everyday substances
  • How we can measure reactivity through observing signs of a chemical reaction

Physics

  • The concept of matter and how it behaves
  • How energy is transferred from one store to another
  • How objects interact with one another through contact and non-contact forces
  • The principles of electricity and magnetism
     

Year 8

Students will build upon the key ideas in Year 7 to gain an understanding of the following: 

Biology

  • How the skeleton and muscles work together to support movement
  • How DNA and variation lead to individuality
  • The importance of plants in sustaining life

Chemistry

  • How the periodic table can be used to predict reactivity
  • How metals are extracted for everyday use
  • Everyday reactions such as thermal decomposition and oxidation

Physics

  • Space physics
  • How we can explain motion
  • How physics is related to forces and energy to explain how the Egyptians built the pyramids

Students will also have the opportunity throughout the year to develop their practical skills learnt in Year 7. 
 

Year 9

Students will build on key ideas from Year 7 and 8 to gain an understanding of the following: 

Biology

  • How humans impact on natural ecosystems
  • How humans have adapted to survive
  • How we defend ourselves, linking to drugs and disease

Chemistry

  • How everything is made, linking to atomic structure
  • The impact of human activity on planet Earth 
  • The use of separation techniques in forensic science

Physics

  • The everyday uses of sound and light waves
  • The concept of power
  • How we pay for our energy
  • How electricity works, linking to static electricity and electromagnets

The knowledge, understanding and practical skills developed throughout the Key Stage 3 curriculum will provide a solid foundation to prepare our students for their GCSE science course.
 

GCSE

Students will develop their learning across all three science disciplines, broadening their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

The main areas of study for biology will include:

  • Cell structures and DNA
  • Respiration and photosynthesis
  • The structure of plants and how they survive
  • The human circulatory system, including how to keep our heart healthy
  • Health and diseases, including vaccines and medicine
  • Hormones, including the menstrual cycle and contraception
  • The nervous system and reaction times, linking to the physics of stopping distances of cars
  • Diabetes and the importance of homeostasis
  • Ecosystems, their importance to the world and the human impact
  • Genes and inheritance, including genetic engineering
  • Natural selection and evolution

The main areas of student for chemistry will include:

  • Atoms and their structure
  • Purity of substances and separating mixtures, including crude oil and how we extract it for our use
  • Bonding
  • Properties of materials
  • Chemical reactions, monitoring reactions and making predictions about what products will be made
  • Energetics
  • Electrolysis and its importance in electroplating and extracting metals for our use
  • Recycling, the environment and climate change
  • The atmosphere

The main areas of study for physics will include:

  • Atoms, density and changes of state
  • Motion, measuring and calculating distance, speed and time
  • Newton’s laws
  • Forces
  • Static, charge and electricity
  • Magnets, magnetic fields and motors
  • Waves and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity and radiation
  • Work done, power and efficiency
  • Factors which affect the stopping distances of vehicles
  • Powering Earth, including energy sources and the national grid

The students will sit six examinations at the end of Year 11 which will result in two GCSE qualifications.

Why study this course?

The course will lead students to a comprehensive understanding of the sciences and understanding of the world around them.  

What does this course lead on to?

The course will lead on to studying A levels in Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  It could also lead into apprenticeships in chemical laboratories, manufacturing, engineering, hair and beauty, finance, physiotherapy, nursing and midwifery.


Entry Level Certificate in KS4 Science

Students within the speech and language provision will get the opportunity to study the Science Entry Level Certificate. Students will develop their learning across all the three science subjects. Students will broaden their understanding of the following: 
The human body
Elements, mixture and compounds
Energy, forces and structure of matter
Course Link: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/elc/science-5960

 

Sixth Form

Applied General Level 3 Vocational Science

Why study this course?

The United Kingdom is facing a skills shortage in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. There are plenty of opportunities for those who have skills in these subject areas. Science lies at the very core of STEM, providing analytical and problem-solving skills.  

The Level 3 Applied Science course is designed to provide a more practical real-world approach to learning, alongside clearly explained theoretical background, and is a great starting point for those interested in pursuing a science/STEM career.   

During the course, students will gain a firm grasp of the core scientific concepts and standard laboratory techniques.  As the course progresses, students will develop their numeracy skills and examine perceptions of science in the modern world.  These include contemporary issues such as stem cell therapy, genetic engineering and developments in nanotechnology.  

What does this course lead on to?

This qualification will provide students with a broad understanding of vocationally-related sciences to support progress to higher education. It is suitable for studying alongside substantial academic science qualifications, such as A level sciences or other Level 3 vocational qualifications. This qualification can also prepare learners to take up employment in the applied science sector, either directly after achieving the qualification or via higher education. 

Studying this qualification will enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and practical skills recognised by higher education institutions and employers.  This course also offers learners an opportunity to develop transferable skills such as problem-solving, research and communication.