Science

Team Members

Leader of Science: Mrs Laura O’rourke

Deputy subject leader: Miss M Baxter

Leader of KS3 Science: Mr  Thomas Finnigan

Leader of Biology: Miss Victoria Sullivan

Science staff:

Miss K Owen

Mrs H Pope

Miss I Para Camacho

Mrs F Ellsmoor

Jessica Sinclair

Heather Coyne

Ryan Laughton

Senior Science Technician:  Miss R Lightfoot

Subject Overview

“The important thing is never to stop questioning.” Albert Einstein

Science has something to offer to every pupil, whether they aspire to be a nuclear physicist, RAF pilot, marine biologist or to understand more about the human body so they can raise a family.  Science knowledge is essential in order to live a happy, healthy life.

The aims of the department are to help pupils:

  • develop a passion for, and a curiosity about the living world
  • develop an understanding of how science works
  • develop their observational, numerical and investigative abilities

We aim to create a teaching environment within which the pupil is encouraged to contribute his or her own views and experiences in order to develop their practical and theoretical understanding of science in the wider context.

The development of practical skills is an essential part of the GCSE course, and teaching encourages investigation and experimentation.

Marking Policy

Science Marking Policy

 

Science Careers

The study of science opens the door to multiple career paths within scientific and technological areas, as well as careers in mathematical or humanities-based career paths such as law, accountancy and the civil service.

Facilities

Our modern laboratories have a traditional layout and are well-equipped to deliver Science teaching relevant to the needs of pupils today.

KS3 -7&8

Subject time = 3 lessons per week

Homework = 1 hour a week

Throughout Key Stage 3, we place a large emphasis on practical work, and make sure our pupils involve themselves with experiments whenever possible

Year 7 Topics

Autumn 1 Autumn 2
1. Science Skills

2. Atomic Structure

3. Cells

 1. Forces

2. Chemical Reactions

3. Particle Model

Spring 1 Spring 2
1. Body Systems

2. Energy

1. Chemical Analysis

2. Acids & Bases

3. Energy Resources

Summer 1 Summer 2
1. Plants

2. Ecosystem

3. The Earth

1. Mop Up

2. End of Year of Revision

3. Project

Year 8 Topics

Autumn 1 Autumn 2
1. Science Skills

 

2. The Periodic Table

 

3. Enzymes

 

1. Waves

 

2. Bonding

 

3. Homeostasis

 

Spring 1 Spring 2
1. Electricity

 

2. Collision Theory

 

1. Adaptations & Inheritance

 

2. Magnetism

 

Summer 1 Summer 2
1. Reactivity Series

 

2. Motion

 

1. Infection

 

2. End of Year Revision

 

3. Project

 

KS3 Science club

Science club is run after school every Wednesday 3-4pm. Here students have the opportunity to experience hands on whizz bang investigations to further enhance their scientific thinking and encourage their passion for science.

KS3 Science surgery

KS3 Science surgery supports students in achieving their end of year target grades. Support is provided my both science staff and Year 10 Science Ambassadors.

AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics: 3 Science GCSEs

Two Science classes will follow the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications in Years 9-11, leading to 3 separate GCSEs.  The qualification is linear and pupils will sit all their exams at the end of Year 11.

Pupils will sit 6 exams (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics papers)

Each paper is:

  • 1 hour 45 mins
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions on exam papers: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

AQA Biology

Biology Paper 1: Biology Topics 1-4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2: Biology Topics 5-7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Practical Assessment: Practical work is at the heart of Science. Pupils will complete 10 required practical activities throughout the Biology course. Pupils will be asked questions about the practical activities in their written exams.

AQA Chemistry

Chemistry Paper 1: Chemistry Topics 1-5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2: Chemistry Topics 6-10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Practical Assessment: Practical work is at the heart of Science. Pupils will complete 8 required practical activities throughout the Chemistry course. Pupils will be asked questions about the practical activities in their written exams.

AQA Physics

Physics Paper 1: Physics Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; particle model of matter; and Atomic Structure.

Physics Paper 2: Physics Topics 5-8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.

Practical Assessment: Practical work is at the heart of Science. Pupils will complete 10 required practical activities throughout the Physics course. Pupils will be asked questions about the practical activities in their written exams.

Extra-curricular activities

We encourage pupils’ curiosity and enjoyment of Science through attending a wide variety of educational visits for each year group. The department also offers Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Science clubs, which meet weekly after school for pupils who are interested in expanding their knowledge outside the classroom.

KS4

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy Specification: 2 Science GCSEs

The majority of pupils follow the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy Specification in years 9-11. The qualification is linear and pupils will sit all their exams at the end of year 11.

Pupils will sit 6 exams (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics papers)

Each paper is:

  • 1 hour 15mins
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE

Questions on exam papers: multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Practical Assessment: Practical work is at the heart of Science. Pupils will complete 21 required practical activities throughout the course. Pupils will be asked questions about the practical activities in their written exams. These questions will count for at least 15% of the overall marks for the qualification.

Year 9

In Year 9 all students begin to study the GCSE Combined Science Trilogy pathway. This is a combination of the Sciences including Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Students follow a rotation system studying a different science each half term. This allows them to benefit from subject specialist teachers which gives them the best possible foundation to continue to Year 10. Students that perform well in their end of Year 9 assessments and show a passion for Science have the opportunity to move to the Separate Sciences Pathway in Year 10.

Year 9 Topics
Biology Chemistry Physics
Cell Biology Atomic structure & The Periodic Table Energy
Organisation Structure & Bonding Electricity
Infection & Response Quantitative Chemistry Particle Model of Matter
Bioenergetics Chemical Changes The Atom & Radioactivity
Energy Changes

 

Year 10

Most students in Year 10 continue to study the Combined Science Trilogy including Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The will have four lessons a week in which they will complete units of Biology, Chemistry & Physics. Students that have been selected for the Separate Science Pathway will continue to be taught by subject specialist teachers and have six Science lessons per week; two of each Science.

Year 10 Topics
Biology Chemistry Physics
Homeostasis Rates of Reaction Forces
Inheritance, Variation & Evolution Organic Chemistry Waves
Ecology Chemical Analysis Magnetism & Electromagnetism
Chemistry of the Atmosphere Space Science (Physics only)
Using Resources

Year 11

Year 11 provides students with the opportunity to consolidate and embed their learning from previous years.  They will revisit content, identify gaps in their knowledge and ensure these gaps are addressed. There is an emphasis on revision techniques and exam skills to ensure students are fully prepared for their summer GCSEs.

KS4 Enrichment

Students at KS4 Science undertake a wide range of enrichment outside of lessons, designed to complement their learning.

Intervention

Each student receives bespoke intervention in addition to their Science lessons that is tailored specifically to their needs.  Regular assessment allows us to identify target areas for individual students to improve on through small group and one to one interventions. We also run themed interventions throughout the year.

Extracurricular activities

Encouraging our students to considering future careers in Science is a priority for us at OCA.  We run a range of events throughout the year which allow students to explore careers in Science and Science in higher education.

 

 

 

Meteorites land at OCA for British Science week!

 

A student practises taking blood samples from a (fake!) arm. 

Year 9 become ‘Medical Mavericks’ for the day and explore careers in health care.

 

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