Students have three hours of science per week in Key Stage 3 at Upper Wharfedale School. They then have the opportunity to take separate science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics at Key Stage 4 or study the Combined science course which gains the student two GCSE’s combining all three sciences. Throughout their time at school in science we aim to encourage practical participation in lessons and a help foster an inquisitive mind. 

Science Experiment

KS3

Year 7: Students focus on … 

Introductory to science 

This topic focuses on techniques used in science and develops an understanding of safety in the science labs. 

Forensic Science 

This topic focuses on techniques used in all three disciplines of science. The topic uses a crime scene to have a practical experience of all three science. It also helps develop team work, communication, presentation and written skills.  

 Human 

This topic focuses on human biology looking at cells to organisms   

 Adaptation and climate change 

This topic focuses on chemistry biology and physics skills to help explain how and why adaptation happens and why.   

 Space 

This topic focuses on what the universe is made from, develops an understanding of day/night, years, phases of the moon. A true Physics topic. 

Respiration 

This topic focuses on the human body and how it functions it is a follow on from Human. 

Particles and reactions 

This topic is a traditional chemist topic with a focus on what substances are made from, what reactions are and how we know. This is a very practical topic. 

Natural disasters and rocks 

This topic focuses on rock cycles and volcanoes. 

Year 8: Students focus on … 

Life processes 

This topic focuses on the development of how the body functions.  

Chemical reactions 

This topic focuses on understanding chemical reactions, the topic is highly practical, 

Electronics 

This topic focuses on electric circuits and how they function another highly practical topic. 

Atomic structure 

This topic focuses on developing the understanding of chemical reactions with many practicals. 

Waves 

This topic focuses on the fundamentals of different waves, what they are how they behave and how we use them. 

Year 9: Students focus on … 

Genetics 

This topic focuses on genes, genetics, evolution and extinction. 

Atoms and elements 

This topic focuses on how reactants react what the products are and the calculations. This is a practical topic also bringing maths into chemistry. 

Energy 

This topic focuses on renewable and non-renewable energies, how they are produced and the advantages and disadvantage of each. Energy transfer and efficiencies. 

GSCE 

Towards the end of Y9 the GCSE topics are started(see below). 

KS4

Edexcel Combined Science or Edexcel Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Science matters. That’s why we’ve chosen the most inclusive GCSE (9–1) courses, so every student can enjoy science and succeed in their studies. 

Students will either study Combined science with 22 core practicals across Biology, Chemistry and Physics that are designed to help bring science learning to life. They will then sit 2 exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to gain two qualifications. 

Students who choose to study the separate science will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics to achieve a GCSE in each subject their course will include 24 core practicals across Biology, Chemistry and Physics that are designed to help bring science learning to life. They will then sit 2 exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

The content for the separate science is all of the Combined science with extensions in certain topics(see below). 

Year 10:

Biology

Paper 1 (Paper code: 1BI0/1F, 1BI0/1H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 2 – Cells and control
  • Topic 3 – Genetics
  • Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Chemistry

Paper 1 (Paper code: 1CH0/1F and 1CH0/1H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
  • Topic 3 – Chemical changes
  • Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1

 

Physics

Paper 1 (*Paper code: 1PH0/1F and 1PH0/1H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 2 – Motion and forces
  • Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
  • Topic 4 – Waves
  • Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Topic 6 – Radioactivity
  • Topic 7 – Astronomy

 

Combined Science

Paper 1: Biology 1 (Paper code: 1SC0/1BF, 1SC0/1BH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology

Topic 2 – Cells and control

Topic 3 – Genetics

Topic 4– Natural selection and genetic modification

Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

 

Paper 3: Chemistry 1 (Paper code: 1SC0/1CF, 1SC0/1CH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry

Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures

Topic 3 –Chemical changes

Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

 

Paper 5: Physics 1 (Paper code: 1SC0/1PF, 1SC0/1PH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics

Topic 2 – Motion and forces

Topic 3 – Conservation of energy

Topic 4 – Waves

Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Topic 6 –Radioactivity

 

Year 11:

Biology

Paper 2 (Paper code: 1BI0/2F, 1BI0/2H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions
  • Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
  • Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

 

Chemistry

Paper 2 (Paper code: 1CH0/2F and 1CH0/2H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table
  • Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
  • Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2

 

Physics

Paper 2 (Paper code: 1PH0/2F and 1PH0/2H)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

100 marks

Content overview

  • Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work
  • Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
  • Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
  • Topic 11 – Static electricity
  • Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
  • Topic 14 – Particle model
  • Topic 15 – Forces and matter

 

Combined Science

Paper 2: Biology 2 (Paper code: 1SC0/2BF, 1SC0/2BH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology

Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions

Topic 7 –Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals

Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

 

Paper 4: Chemistry 2 (Paper code: 1SC0/2CF, 1SC0/2CH)

Written examination: 1 hour and 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry

Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table

Topic 7 –Rates of reaction and energy changes

Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science

 

Paper 6: Physics 2 (Paper code: 1SC0/2PF, 1SC0/2PH)

Written examination: 1 hour 10 minutes

16.67% of the qualification

60 marks

Content overview

Topic 1  – Key concepts of physics

Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work

Topic 9 – Forces and their effects

Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits

Topic 11 – Magnetism and the motor effect

Topic 12 – Electromagnetic induction

Topic 13 – Particle model

Topic 14 – Forces and matter

Assessment

KS3: Each unit is assessed at the end with a written assessment that all student receive feedback on.

KS4: All exam based for all qualifications. A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions.

Calculators may be used in the examination.

Homework

KS3: Students receive regular homework tasks in Y7 based on the lessons being taught however in Y8 and Y9 Homework projects are used to help foster the enthusiasm of budding scientists.

KS4: Students have weekly homework from science, homework is in a variety of different styles with exam questions being a focus either on paper or on the virtual Activelearn website.

Extra Curricular

Science is heavily involved with the F1 in school projects that goes on most lunchtimes. There are also intervention and drop-in sessions to assist students.

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