Welcome to Science

The teaching staff within the Science department share a desire to make Science education accessible and exciting to all students, so that students develop a love of science and succeed in both their GCSE assessments and develop skills which they can use in their life outside of school.

All lessons contain an element of enquiry and are based on the theory that learning is easier when you have experienced an idea rather than just reading or writing about it.

Students’ are asked to challenge their own viewpoints on several controversial and current issues including genetic modification, the use of nuclear fission as an energy source and the impact of chemical processes on ecosystems.

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Key Stage 3

The science course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the GCSE course in Key Stage 4. We follow a purpose designed KS3 curriculum which builds upon key scientific knowledge throughout Year 7 and 8.

The Biology units include cells, behaviour of organisms, respiration, photosynthesis, classification, reproduction and healthy lifestyles.

The Chemistry units include acids and alkalis, particle theory, metal reactions, uses of fuels and geological science.

The Physics units include electricity, magnetism, forces, sound, light and heat transfer.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught across KS3 please contact: Mrs
Jennison, Head of Deprtment, at l.jennison@shafton.outwood.com or Mrs Burgin at g.burgin@shafton.outwood.com

Key Stage 4

All of our students begin their GCSE studies in Year 9 and work towards completing either AQA Combined Science:

Trilogy (9-1) or Three separate GCSE’s AQA Biology (9-1), Chemistry (9-1) or Physics. All of these qualifications are within AQA’s “Science for all Suite” which was developed with teachers to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations.

AQA Biology (9-1) Subject Content

1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology
8. Key ideas

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AQA Chemistry (9-1)

Subject content:

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate and extent of chemical change
7. Organic chemistry
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources

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AQA Physics (9-1)

Subject content:

1. Energy
2. Electricity
3. Particle model of matter
4. Atomic structure
5. Forces
6. Waves
7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
8. Space physics

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AQA Combined Science:Trilogy (9-1)

Subject content:

Biology

1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources

Physics

18. Energy
19. Electricity
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
22. Forces
23. Waves
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

AQA Trilogy is assessed in the following way:

There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

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If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mrs Jennison, Head of Department, at l.jennison@shafton.outwood.com or Mrs Barker at j.barker@shafton.outwood.com

Enrichment Opportunities

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.