Science

The Brockington College science faculty is committed to ensuring all of its students make greater than expected progress across all key stages. We always aim to uphold and display the values of the academy and encourage the students to live life to the full at every available opportunity within our subject area. We maintain strong links with all stakeholders involved, which includes regular contact with parents/carers to ensure that the high expectations we have of our students, and each other translate into outstanding academic achievement.

Our Key Stage 3 science curriculum starts in year 7 until mid-way through year 9, at which point students begin their GCSE science routes (trilogy for combined science or separate sciences). At Key Stage 3, students cover modules from biology, chemistry and physics, and are then assessed through in-class module tests and periodic skills-based assessments. By the end of year 9, each student will have covered a substantial amount of scientific knowledge that will provide a solid foundation for the requirements of GCSE sciences. At Key Stage 4, there are currently four classes of separate sciences and six classes of combined science.

Years 7 and 8 have three, one-hour science lessons per week, year 9 have four lessons per week, whilst year 10 and 11 students have five one-hour lessons per week when studying combined or separate science.

Other than for separate sciences, most groups are taught by one/two specialist teachers, covering all aspects of the science curriculum. Our science curriculum places great emphasis on the need for students, starting at Key Stage 3 level, to master a range of scientific skills. Therefore we do not find it necessary to set students until year 9.

Programmes of study

Key Stage 3

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Organisms: cells to systemsDigestionPhotosynthesis
Particulate nature of matterDaltons atomic theoryChemical reaction of metals and non metals
Energy: stores, transfers, power and costsMovement, speed and accelerationContact forces, moments and pressure
Organisms: Skeletal and muscular systemsBreathing and gas exchangeGenes and inheritance
Pure and impure substancesRespirationEnergetics
Electric circuits, current, potential difference, resistancePeriodic tableMagnetism and electromagnetism
Human and plant reproductionEarth and rocksEvolution, extinction and biodiversity
Chemical reactionsSound The atmosphere
Forces and gravityLightVoltage, current, resistance and static electricity
Earth in spaceEcosystems and habitats
Acids and alkalisMaterials
Variation

Key Stage 4

Year 10Year 11
CellsInheritance and evolution
OrganisationHomeostasis
Infection and responseEcology
BioenergeticsOrganic chemistry
Atomic structureChemical analysis
Bonding and the periodic tableUsing resources
Quantitative chemistryWaves
Chemical changeForces
The rate and extent of chemical changeMagnetism and electromagnetism
EnergySpace physics (Triple only)
Particle model
Atomic structure
Electricity

Staff

  • Miss H Clarke (Director of Learning for science)
  • Miss M Joshi (2ic Science)
  • Mrs V Carr¬†
  • Miss K Dicketts
  • Miss J Groves
  • Miss E Jameson
  • Mr W McLeod
  • Mr J Roberts
  • Miss S Sacranie
  • Mr C Turner
  • Miss E Nutt (Senior Lab Technician)

Useful links

  • Quizlet – this is an app that can either be used on computers or downloaded to phones/tablets that is very good for learning keywords. Students should search by topic making sure they search for AQA only.
  • Seneca learning – this is a website that allows students to review work covered and read ahead. It is highly interactive and has been created specifically to help students remember the key facts and ideas in the course.
  • GCSE Bitesize – this website consolidates all the material covered by their science teacher and includes mini quizzes at the end of each topic to assess their understanding.