Science

Introduction to the department

The Science Staff are a friendly team who are mutually supportive and committed to working to achieve the very best outcomes for all of our students.We are currently a team of 10 teaching staff, an Associate teacher, a TA and 3 technicians.

We have excellent facilities, with the Science department located centrally in the main school building and consisting of 5 main laboratories and 1 classroom. Each lab is equipped with a projector and whiteboard. The department has a class set of laptops and timetabled use of computer suites across the school, allowing ICT and data logging to be incorporated into teaching.

The department is well served by a large prep room and a staff base, with dedicated work stations for all teachers.

In addition, our purpose-built Sixth form building includes 2 additional laboratories and a prep room.These labs are provisioned to a high standard, including a fume cupboard and a small bank of computers in each.

Name

Role

Mr I. Jamal

Head of Department

Mrs E. Lee

KS3 Co-ordinator

Mrs J. Busby

KS5 Co-ordinator (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Miss M. Cooke

KS5 Co-ordinator (BTEC Applied Sciences)

Mrs F. Ahmed

Science Teacher

Mr R. Davies

Science Teacher

Mrs A. Mochrie

Science Teacher

Mr A. Satar

Science Teacher

Ms J. Shelton

Science Teacher

Miss K. Scarborough

Associate Science Teacher

Miss E. Nestor

Teaching Assistant

Mr K. Murphy

Senior Science Technician

Mrs G. Preston

Practical Exam Technician

Mrs C. Harrison

Science Technician

Key Stage 3 curriculum

At Stoke Park school we offer a 2 year Key Stage 3 curriculum. We study the Activate scheme of work. As students work through the course they learn to work like a scientist and answer questions only scientists can! The Key Stage 3 curriculum course is full of exciting facts as well as plenty of activities to help build the student’s confidence and skills in Science.

The following programme of study helps equip students on entering Key Stage 4:



Year 7 Topics

Year 8 Topics

Cells

Health and Lifestyle

Structure and function of body systems

Ecosystem Processes

Reproduction

Adaptation and inheritance

Particles and their behaviour

The Periodic table

Elements, atoms and compounds

Separation techniques

Reactions

Metals and Acids

Acids and alkalis

The earth

Forces

Electricity and magnetism

Sound

Energy

Light

Motion

Space

Pressure

Key Stage 4 curriculum

In KS4 students follow the AQA trilogy specification. We offer both combined and triple courses. Both qualifications are linear which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. Students will sit 6 exams at the end of Year 11: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Biology Topics

Chemistry Topics

Physics Topics

Cell Biology

Atomic structure and the periodic table

Energy

Organisation

Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

Electricity

Infection and response

Quantitative chemistry

Particle model of matter

Bioenergetics

Chemical changes

Atomic structure

Homeostasis and response

Energy changes

Forces

Inheritance, variation and evolution

The rate and extent of chemical change

Waves

Ecology

Organic chemistry

Magnetism

Chemical analysis

Electromagnetism

Chemistry of the atmosphere

Using resources

Post 16 Curriculum

We offer a post 16 Science pathway as the next step for learners after the successful completion of GCSE’s in Science subjects. Students can study for AS and A2 qualifications in Biology and Chemistry or complete a BTEC in Applied Science.

Applied Science:

From 2016/2017 learners will study BTEC Nationals Level 3 Applied Science. This course is offered at Extended Certificate level which is equivalent to one A Level. The qualification is split up into a number of units with a variety of assessment methods. There is a 1.5 hour examination that is externally marked and an externally set and marked practical investigation and written submission which is done under controlled conditions.

The other units will be assessed by a series of assignments which are internally assessed and can be externally verified by the exam board. The grades correspond to Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Terms Topic/themes covered

Year 12

Terms 1 and 2

Learners will be studying the units Principles and Applications of Science I and Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques.

These are mandatory units, with Principles and Applications of Science I being externally assessed by the exam board and Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques being internally assessed by written assignments.

Principles and Applications of Science I includes biology, chemistry and physics content. Learners will also have the opportunity to carry out practical work for each of the areas covered.

The final grade for this unit is derived from a 1.5 hour examination set and marked by the exam board. Learners progress will be monitored throughout using grades achieved on the written assignments, topic tests and a mock exam.

Term 3

During this term learners will continue to complete written assignments and prepare for the externally assessed examination. They will sit the 1.5 hour written paper for Principles and Applications of Science I.

Year 13

Terms 1 and 2

Learners will be completing the internally assessed written units. This will include the mandatory unit Science Investigation Skills and one other unit that will be chosen by the Head of subject.

Science Investigation Skills will cover the key practical skills that a scientist requires, including conventions for writing up work. Practical work will be used to enable learners to build up their skills in this area. This unit will be assessed by an externally set and marked practical investigation and written submission.

The other unit will be assessed by the submission of written assignments to deadlines set by the staff teaching the course. If work is not to a suitable standard one re-submission is allowed within 15 working days of receipt of the assessed work.

Term 3

Students will continue to complete written assignments. The Science Investigation Skills unit will be assessed during a 3 week period set by the exam board and will be under controlled conditions. If it is deemed necessary there will be the opportunity to resit the external examination for Principles and Applications of Science I.

Learners will be completing the internally assessed written units. This will include the mandatory Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques unit and one other unit that will be chosen by the Head of subject.

Learners will need to submit written assignments to deadlines set by the staff teaching the course. If work is not to a suitable standard one re-submission is allowed within 15 working days of receipt of the assessed work. If it is deemed necessary there will be the opportunity to resit external examinations.

AS and A2 Biology and Chemistry

Courses based on these specifications encourage students to:

  • develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of

scientific methods

  • develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills
  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further

study and careers associated with the subject

  • understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
  • their knowledge and understanding of the content developed in one section or topic, including the
  • the ability to apply mathematical and practical skills to areas of content they are not normally
  • the ability to draw together different areas of knowledge and understanding within one answer.

These are linear qualifications. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all exams in May/June in a single year. All assessments must be taken in the same series.

Questions for these specifications will be set which require students to demonstrate associated mathematical and practical skills. A range of question types will be used, including those that require extended responses.

Extended response questions will allow students to demonstrate their ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning which is coherent, relevant, substantiated and logically structured. Extended responses may be in written English, extended calculations, or a combination of both, as appropriate to the question.

A separate endorsement of practical skills will be taken alongside the A-level. This will be assessed by teachers and will be based on direct observation of students’ competency in a range of skills that are not assessable in written exams. A-level grades will be based only on marks from written exams.

AS and A2 Biology Topics

Biological molecules

Cells

Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Energy transfers in and between organisms (A-level only)

Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments (A-level only)

Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems (A-level only)

The control of gene expression (A-level only)

AS and A2 Chemistry Topics

Subject content

Physical chemistry

3.1.1 Atomic structure

3.1.2 Amount of substance

3.1.3 Bonding

3.1.4 Energetics

3.1.5 Kinetics

3.1.6 Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc

3.1.7 Oxidation, reduction and redox equations

3.1.8 Thermodynamics (A-level only)

3.1.9 Rate equations (A-level only)

3.1.10 Equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems (A-level only)

3.1.11 Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells (A-level only)

3.1.12 Acids and bases (A-level only)

3.2 Inorganic chemistry

3.2.1 Periodicity

3.2.2 Group 2, the alkaline earth metals

3.2.3 Group 7(17), the halogens

3.2.4 Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides (A-level only)

3.2.5 Transition metals (A-level only)

3.2.6 Reactions of ions in aqueous solution (A-level only)

3.3 Organic chemistry

3.3.1 Introduction to organic chemistry

3.3.2 Alkanes

3.3.3 Halogenoalkanes

3.3.4 Alkenes

3.3.5 Alcohols

3.3.6 Organic analysis

3.3.7 Optical isomerism (A-level only)

3.3.8 Aldehydes and ketones (A-level only)

3.3.9 Carboxylic acids and derivatives (A-level only)

3.3.10 Aromatic chemistry (A-level only)

3.3.11 Amines (A-level only)

3.3.12 Polymers (A-level only)

3.3.13 Amino acids, proteins and DNA (A-level only)

3.3.14 Organic synthesis (A-level only)

3.3.15 Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (A-level only)

3.3.16 Chromatography (A-level only)

Extra-curricular

We have a well-established and very popular programme of enrichment activities across all Key Stages.Science week is a highlight of the year, with all students having an opportunity to participate through form group quizzes and lunchtime events.During the last two years, significant numbers of students have participated in Science visits to CERN, and to the Big Bang Science fairs at Warwick Castle and at Birmingham NEC.

We have strong links with Warwick University, affording invaluable experiences for our learners, including Summer schools, work experience placements, lectures both on campus and at Stoke Park, and small group intervention from student volunteers.