Science

Autumn 

Live and Kicking 1
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. 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.
Live and Kicking 2
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.

 

Spring

Pyrotechnics 1
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.

Pupils will explore different types of chemical reactions  involving; acids, carbonates and metals. They will investigate combustion and look at the energy changes involed in different chemical reactions.

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.

Species at war
Pupils will learn about the role of micro-organisms in the causes and spread of disease. They will explore how the body’s immune system fights infection and how vaccination has helped to halt the spread of disease. They will go on to look at the predator-prey relationships and how a habitat can be described using food webs and pyramids. We will consider the dangers of introducing alien species into an established habitat. 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.

 

Summer

Energy
Pupils will learn about different types of energy and how they can be transferred efficiently, and wasted. They will use formulae to calculate the efficiency of different energy transfers as well as representing these in transfer diagrams.  They will measure the  current in an electrical circuist  and  how it varies with voltage and resistance. They will explore series and parallel circuits and model the flow of current around these circuits.

Pupils will look at the production of electricity and the need for more renewable sources of energy as well as explore the evidence for climate change

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