Topics may vary from class to class at different times in the year
Light and Sound
Pupils will explore ideas about sound and light waves, including how they travel and investigating what happens when they pass through or hit materials of varying densities. They will apply their ideas to lenses and periscopes.
Forces and pressure
Pupils will learn to measure the speed of object and manipulate scientific formulae. They will construct and interpret time /distance graphs to describe the motion of objects. They will plan, carry out, write up and evaluate experiments to investigate friction, ensuring precision, accuracy and reproducibility in their results. They will work out resultant forces and using Newton’s laws of motion describe what happens to the motion of object when forces are balanced and unbalanced.
Periodic table and matter
Pupils will expand their ideas of particles to include atoms and molecules. They will discover the difference between elements and compounds and explore the periodic table, and also learn how to name compounds and write simple formulae.
Breathing and digestion
Through the context of sports science, pupils will study the role of the respiratory system in delivering oxygen into the body. They will take measure aspects of breathing and study its mechanics, as well as the process of gas exchange inside the lungs. They will study the need for a well-balanced diet, not on in terms of the nutrients its provides, but also in the energy intake and energy used by the body. They will investigate the function of enzymes in the digestive system in releasing vital chemicals our bodies need for life.
Chemical energy and reactions
Pupils will explore different types of chemical reactions involving; acids, carbonates and metals. They will investigate combustion and look at the energy changes involved in different chemical reactions.
Respiration and Photosynthesis
They will investigate the role of photosynthesis in providing energy for a plant and materials for growth and how leaves are adapted to this process. The pupils will learn how these two systems of the body work together to deliver the two vital substances needed by the cell to release energy in the process of respiration.
Energy- Heating and cooling
Pupils will learn about different types of thermal energy transfer, how work gets done, and how to insulate against energy transfer in a real life context.
Pupils will also undertake periodic tests and key assessments to aid learning.
GCSE required practicals
Throughout the year, pupils will undertake some of the required practicals to prepare them for GCSE Science. Pupils will plan and carry out experiments ensuring the accuracy of their results by identifying and removing, where possible, random and systematic errors. They will produce graphs showing relationships with smooth curves or lines of best fit. They will use graphical techniques to analyse to validity of their data.