Science

IMG_8927The Science department’s overarching vision is for all students to receive a quality Science education that equips them with all the necessary skills to apply their own learning outside of a school laboratory. We also strive to ensure that our students are able to make well informed decisions and choices regarding scientific issues in their everyday life.The science department aims for all students to…

  • Appreciate the relevance of Science and are able to use the skills and knowledge in
    their everyday and future working lives.
  • Achieve a GCSE result that is equal to or better than their expected target grade.
  • Develop transferable skills through their science education that they can use in other curriculum areas.
  • Have access to, and are using, ‘state-of-the-art’ ICT scientific equipment and software as an integral part of their Science studies.
  • Promote the use of data collection and analysing competencies.
  • Have access to data from local, national and international communities as a resource for supporting their learning in Science.
  • Be motivated by and enjoy their experience of learning Science at Trinity Catholic College that they wish to continue their studies in Science.

 

The Science Department consists of 15 well qualified Science teachers, comprising a Curriculum Team Leader, a SLE with responsibility for Raising Attainment, three Assistant CTLs plus one teaching assistant. We are a highly dedicated team with both experienced and recently qualified teachers, whose strength is teamwork.  We are moving forward together as a department by the sharing of expertise and good practice.  The Department have strong links with the Local Authority and the Science Learning Centre through regional partnerships with other schools.

 

Staff

Dr A Frank – Curriculum Team Leader (Biology)
Mr N Mitchinson – Assistant Head Teacher (Chemistry)
Mr S Withers – Assistant Head Teacher (Physics, Computing Science)
Mr A Jankowski – Assistant Head Teacher (A Level Physics)
Mrs M Dixon – Science SLE (Biology)
Mr D Powner – Assistant Curriculum Team Leader (Head of Physics)
Mr C Dixon – Assistant Curriculum Team Leader (Head of Biology)
Mrs J Crossley – Assistant Curriculum Team Leader (Head of Chemistry)
Miss C Dossett (Biology)
Miss S Hedley (Biology)
Mr M Keen (Biology)
Mrs J Drury – (Biology)
Mr A Bennett (Physics)
Miss S Jones (Physics)
Miss S Robinson (Science Teaching Assistant)
Ms D Beach (Technician, 11-16)
Mr M Blackett (Technician, 11-18)
Mr A Melling (Technician, 11-18)
Mr J Kilgallon (Technician, 11-16)
Mrs K Rossi (Teaching Assistant)

 

Resources

There are 11 dedicated Science teaching laboratories, all equipped with interactive SMART whiteboards and a wide variety of resources.  There are also a further three Science laboratories in the Sixth Form Centre.

 

GCSE Results

Science GCSE results

 

Post 16

Uptake in Biology, Chemistry and Physics is good. Students are following the New 2015 OCR syllabuses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

KEY STAGE 3

IMG_8958YEAR 7

Science in Year 7 builds upon the new Science programme of study at KS2. Topics studied throughout Year 7 will help students to develop sound scientific knowledge alongside opportunities to work scientifically. The course is based upon Activate from Oxford University Press and has been designed to help develop key skills required for the new Science GCSE qualifications. Each term, students will study a variety of topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Topics

Term 1:

  • Being a Scientist and Working Scientifically
  • Cells
  • Particles and their Behaviour
  • Elements, Atoms and Compounds
  • Forces

Term 2:

  • Structure and Function of Body Systems
  • Reactions
  • Sound

Term 3:

  • Reproduction
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Light
  • Space

 

Assessment

At the end of each topic, students will sit a summative assessment that tests knowledge and skills from that topic.

During each topic, there will be opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning in more open ended ways and formative feedback will be given highlighting areas for further development.

Students will sit an assessment in the Summer term based upon knowledge and skills gained throughout the year. This will help to inform and determine the set that each learner will be allocated to in Year 8.

 

Homework

Homework will be given throughout each topic and will consist of longer tasks that aim to help students link and apply knowledge from the topic. This type of homework will be given every two weeks.

Students will also receive smaller pieces of homework which may involve learning key scientific words or definitions or to research something for the next lesson.

 

IMG_8961YEAR 8

Science in Year 8 builds upon the topics studied throughout Year 7. The course is based upon Activate from Oxford University Press and has been designed to help develop key knowledge and skills required for the new Science GCSE qualifications. Each term, students will continue to study a variety of topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

Topics

Term 1:

  • Health and Lifestyle
  • The Periodic Table
  • Separation Techniques
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Term 2:

  • Ecosystem Processes
  • Metals and Acids
  • Energy

Term 3:

  • Adaptation and Inheritance
  • The Earth
  • Motion and Pressure

 

Assessment

At the end of each topic, students will sit summative assessments that test knowledge and skills from that topic.

During a specific topic, there will be opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning in more open ended ways and formative feedback will be given, highlighting areas for further development.

Students will sit an assessment in the Summer term based upon knowledge and skills gained throughout the year. This will help to inform and determine the set each learner will be allocated to in Year 9. Moreover, in Year 9, students will start studying the new GCSE Science courses.

 

Homework

Homework will be given throughout each topic and will consist of longer tasks that aim to help students link and apply knowledge from the topic. This type of homework will be given every two weeks.

Students will also receive smaller pieces of homework which may involve learning key scientific words or definitions or to research something for the next lesson.

 

YEAR 9

IMG_8934The new GCSE Science qualifications have been designed to be significantly more challenging with new subject content (some of which has been brought down from A level) and a greater mathematical content. In order for us to ensure that the new courses can be taught within the time allocated and for us to ensure that students are studying the course which is appropriate for their ability, we start teaching GCSE science qualifications in September of Year 9.

Students are taught in sets throughout Year 8 and will be allocated new sets in September of Year 9. The top two sets will cover subject content with an aim of these students completing qualifications in GCSE Separate Sciences. The remaining students will follow the GCSE Combined Science (Dual Award) qualification. However, if we find that a student has not been allocated into a set which is appropriate to their ability then we will make changes during Year 9 and into Year 10. Once students start Year 11 then they be entered for the GCSE qualification that is most suited to their ability.

 

Course 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

  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

 

Physics

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

 

Assessment

All GCSE examinations are taken at the end of Year 11. Each student will sit 2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 physics papers each being 1hr 45 minutes. Exam questions will include a variety of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response question types.

There is no longer a requirement to complete assessed coursework in science, however, throughout the course students will complete a minimum number of ‘required practicals’, specified by AQA, across the science subjects.

These ‘required practicals’ will not count towards the GCSE qualification but students will be asked questions on practical skills as part of the final written examination papers (approx. 15% of marks). Overall GCSE grades will be awarded on the new 9-1 grading system.

 

Homework

Homework will be given throughout each topic and will be longer tasks that aim to help students link and apply knowledge from the topic. It is anticipated that this type of homework be given every couple of weeks.

Students will also receive shorter pieces of homework which may be to learn key scientific formulae, words or definitions or to research an aspect of the topic for the next lesson.

Students will also receive homework that will help them to practise GCSE style exam questions.

 

Support

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/

 

Extra-Curricular

Ongoing support will be given through a Step-up Programme aimed at developing key knowledge and application of mathematical skills required at GCSE.

 

KEY STAGE 4

IMG_8903We have already started delivering the New GCSE PoS to our current Year 9 students this year and are following the New AQA GCSE Specifications.

For some of our students we offer a three year Triple Science course leading to the awarding of:

  • GCSE Biology
  • GCSE Chemistry
  • GCSE Physics

Other students will follow the New AQA GCSE Combined Science (Trilogy) Specification

Current Year 11 students will continue to follow the current AQA GCSE Specifications in Triple Science or Additional Science.

At Trinity Catholic College the Science Department has chosen the AQA examining body and Specification to give our students the best Science education possible in terms of content, scientific skill development, progression and context based learning relevant to our pupils’ needs.

 

*Combined Science (GCSE) (Double Award – Trilogy)

*Reformed GCSE – Year 10 September 2016 cohort.

IMG_8951From September 2016 a new suite of GCSE Science qualifications is being taught in all schools. Students will now start their GCSE lessons in Year 9 and will sit all examinations at the end of Year 11. The new GCSE Science qualifications have been designed to be challenging but will give students a much deeper understanding of the science from the world we live in. It combines traditional scientific knowledge with a much deeper development of practical skills.

 

Topics

Students will be taught biology, chemistry and physics as separate subjects which will combine together to form the AQA GCSE Combined Science qualification.

Biology topics:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

 

Chemistry topics:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

 

Physics topics:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism


Assessment

All GCSE examinations are taken at the end of Year 11. Each student will sit 2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 physics papers each being 1hr 15 minutes long. Exam questions will include a variety of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response question types.

There is no longer a requirement to complete assessed coursework in science. However, throughout the course students will complete a number of ‘required practicals’, specified by AQA, across the science subjects.

These will not count towards the GCSE qualification but students will be asked questions on practical skills as part of the final written examination papers (approx. 15% of marks). Overall GCSE grades will be awarded on the new 9-1 grading system.

 

Homework

Homework will be given throughout each topic and will be longer tasks that aim to help students link and apply knowledge from the topic. This type of homework be given every couple of weeks. Students will also receive shorter pieces of homework which may be to learn key scientific formulae, words or definitions or to research an aspect of the topic for the next lesson. Students will also receive homework that will help them to practise GCSE style exam questions.

 

Support

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/

 

Extra-Curricular

Ongoing support will be given through a Step-up Programme aimed at developing key knowledge and application of mathematical skills required at GCSE.

 

*Separate Science (3 GCSEs) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

IMG_8936*Reformed GCSE – Year 10 September 2016 cohort.

From September 2016 a new suite of GCSE Science qualifications is being taught in all schools. Students will now start their GCSE lessons in Year 9 and will sit all examinations at the end of Year 11. The new GCSE Science qualifications have been designed to be challenging but will give students a much deeper understanding of the science from the world we live in. It combines traditional scientific knowledge with a much deeper development of practical skills.

 

Topics

Students will be taught biology, chemistry and physics as separate subjects. These will be examined leading to GCSE Separate Science qualifications.

Biology topics:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

 

Chemistry topics:

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

 

Physics topics:

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

 

Assessment

All GCSE examinations are taken at the end of Year 11. Each student will sit 2 biology, 2 chemistry and 2 physics papers each being 1hr 45 minutes long**.

Exam questions will include a variety of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response question types.

There is no longer a requirement to complete assessed coursework in science. However, throughout the course students will complete a minimum number of ‘required practicals’, specified by AQA, across the science subjects.

These will not count towards the GCSE qualification but students will be asked questions on practical skills as part of the final written examination papers (approx. 15% of marks). Overall GCSE grades will be awarded on the new 9-1 grading system.

** Year 11 3 Biology, 3 Chemistry, 3 Physics examinations.

 

Homework

Homework will be given throughout each topic and will be longer tasks that aim to help students link and apply knowledge from the topic. It is anticipated that this type of homework be given every couple of weeks. Students will also receive shorter pieces of homework which may be to learn key scientific formulae, words or definitions or to research an aspect of the topic for the next lesson. Students will also receive homework that will help them to practise GCSE style exam questions.

 

Support

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/

 

Extra-Curricular

Ongoing support will be given through a Step-up Programme aimed at developing key knowledge and application of mathematical skills required at GCSE.