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Meadowhead School

Meadowhead SchoolAcademy Trust

Science

Our Vision

Our primary goal is to encourage students to enjoy and engage with science and to develop their curiosity and enthusiasm for Science.

  • To promote an understanding of science amongst students to allow them to be scientifically literate.
  • Acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.
  • Acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning; as an 11-18 faculty we want to ensure that students arriving with us in Y7 are retained through all 7 years

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"There is a single light of Science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." 

Isaac Asimov

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Key stage 3 (7-9) 

hyperlinks to access the knowledge organisers will be added soon.

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

Ecosystems big idea:
Interdependence
Plant reproduction
Energy and waves big idea:
Energy transfer
Wave effects and properties
Matter big idea:
Particle model
Elements

Ecosystems big idea:
Respiration

Photosynthesis
Forces big idea:
Contact forces

Speed
Matter big idea:
Elements

Periodic table

We will be taking students through GCSE fundamentals this year:

  • P1a and b Energy part 1
  • B1a – Cell structure
  • B1b – Cell division
  • C1a – Atomic structure and the periodic table

 

Assessment

Y7 assessment paper 1 will cover:
Ecosystems big idea:
Interdependence
Plant reproduction
Energy and waves big idea:
Energy transfer
Wave effects and properties
Matter big idea:
Particle model
Elements

Y8 assessment paper 1 will cover:

Ecosystems big idea:
Respiration

Photosynthesis
Forces big idea:
Contact forces

Pressure
Matter big idea:
Elements

Periodic table

Y9 assessment paper 1 will cover:

  • P1a – Energy part 1
  • B1a – Cell structure
  • C1a – Atomic structure and the periodic table

 

Term 2:

Matter big idea:
Separating mixtures
Reactions big idea:
Acids and alkalis
Genes big idea:
Variation
Human reproduction
Earth and forces big idea:
Gravity
Universe

Genes big idea:
Evolution

Inheritance
Earth big idea:
Climate

Earth resources

Electromagnets big idea:
Voltage and resistance
Current, magnets and electromagnets

  • B2a – Organisation: the human digestive system
  • B2b – Organisation: organising animals and plants
  • C2 - Bonding

Assessment

 

Y7 assessment paper 2 will cover:

Matter big idea:
Separating mixtures
Reactions big idea:
Acids and alkalis
Genes big idea:
Variation
Human reproduction
Earth and forces big idea:
Gravity
Universe

 

Y8 assessment paper 2 will cover:

Genes big idea:
Evolution

Inheritance
Earth big idea:
Climate

Earth resources

Electromagnets big idea:
Voltage and resistance
Current, magnets and electromagnets

Y9 assessment paper 2 will cover:

  • B1a – Cell Biology: cell structure and transport
  • B1b – Cell Biology: cell division
  • B2a – Organisation: the human digestive system
  • C1a – Atomic structure
  • C1b – Periodic table
  • C2 - Bonding
  • P1a and b Energy part 1

 

Term 3:

Earth and climate big idea:
Earth's structure
Climate
Organisms big idea:
Movement
Cells
Waves - Light and sound big idea:
Light
Sound

Organisms big idea:

Digestion

Breathing

Reactions big idea:
Types of reaction

Chemical energy

Energy big idea:

Heating and cooling

Energy costs

  • C4a – Chemical changes
  • P1c – Energy part 2
  • P2 - Electricity
  • P3 – Particle model of matter

Key stage 4 Combined Science Foundation and Higher (Year 10-11)

 

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1

B2a ORGANISATION: The human digestive system

B2b ORGANISATION: Organising animals and plants

C3 Quantitative Chemistry

P2a Electricity : Circuits

 

B6a INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Reproduction

C7a crude oil

C8 chemical analysis

C9 Atmosphere

P5c forces : Newton’s laws

P6a Waves : Properties

Assessment  

 

Assessment 1 will consist of three papers and will examine the following content:

Biology:

B1a CELL BIOLOGY: Cell structure and transport

B1b CELL BIOLOGY: Cell division

Chemistry:

C1a Atomic Structure

C1b – periodic table

Physics:

P1a – energy: stores and transfers

P1b – energy: heat transfers

P1c – energy: resources

Trial exam – full paper 1 consisting of content from the following units:

B1a CELL BIOLOGY: Cell structure and transport

B1b CELL BIOLOGY: Cell division

B2a ORGANISATION: The human digestive system

B2b ORGANISATION: Organising animals and plants

B3a INFECTION AND RESPONSE: communicable disease

B3b INFECTION AND RESPONSE: preventing and treating diseases and health issues

B4 BIOENERGETICS

C1a Atomic Structure

C1b Periodic Table

C2 Bonding

C3 Quantitative Chemistry

C4a Chemical Changes

C4b Electrolysis

C5 Energy Change

P1a Energy : stores and transfers

P1b Energy: Heat transfers

P1c Energy : resources

P2a Electricity : circuits

P2b Electricity : in the home

P3 Particle Model of Matter

P4 Atomic structure

Term 2:

C4a chemical changes

b4 bioenergetics

C4b electrolysis

p2b electricity : in the home

 

B6b INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Variation and evolution

B7a ECOLOGY: Adaptations, interdependence, Competition

B7b ECOLOGY: Biodiversity

C10a Earth's resources

P6b Waves : Electromagnetic spectrum

P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessment  

Assessment 2 will consist of three papers and will examine the following content:

Biology:

B2a ORGANISATION: The human digestive system

B2b ORGANISATION: Organising animals and plants

Chemistry:

C2 - Bonding

C3 – Quantitative Chemistry

Physics:

P1a – Energy: stores and transfers

P1b – Energy: heat transfers

P1c – Energy: resources

P2a – Electricity: circuits

Trial exam – consisting of the following content from paper 2:

B5a HOMEOSTASIS AND RESPONSE: Nervous control

B6a INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Reproduction

B6b INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Variation and evolution

B7a ECOLOGY: Adaptations, interdependence, Competition

B7b ECOLOGY: Biodiversity

C6 Rate of Reaction

C7 Crude Oil

C8 Chemical Analysis

C9 Atmosphere

C10 Earth's Resources

P5a Forces : The basics

P5b Forces : Motion

P5c Forces : Newtons Laws

P6a Waves : properties

P6b Waves : Elelectromagnetic spectrum

P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism

Term 3:

B5 Homeostasis and response

C4b Electrolysis

P4 atomic structure

Revision of all units in preparation for final exams

Assessment

 

Trial exam – full paper 1 consisting of content from the following units:

B1a CELL BIOLOGY: Cell structure and transport

B1b CELL BIOLOGY: Cell division

B2a ORGANISATION: The human digestive system

B2b ORGANISATION: Organising animals and plants

B3a INFECTION AND RESPONSE: communicable disease

B3b INFECTION AND RESPONSE: preventing and treating diseases and health issues

B4 BIOENERGETICS

C1a Atomic Structure

C1b Periodic Table

C2 Bonding

C3 Quantitative Chemistry

C4a Chemical Changes

C4b Electrolysis

C5 Energy Change

P1a Energy : stores and transfers

P1b Energy: Heat transfers

P1c Energy : resources

P2a Electricity : circuits

P2b Electricity : in the home

P3 Particle Model of Matter

P4 Atomic structure

n/a

Key Stage 4 Triple Biology (Year 10-11)

 

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1

B4 BIOENERGETICS

B5a HOMEOSTASIS AND RESPONSE: Nervous control

B5b HOMEOSTASIS AND RESPONSE: Hormonal control

B6a INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Reproduction

B6b INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Variation and evolution

B7a ECOLOGY: Adaptations, interdependence, Competition

 

Assessment   

 

Assessment 1 will examine the following content:

B1a CELL BIOLOGY: Cell structure and transport

B1b CELL BIOLOGY: Cell division

 

Trial exam – full paper 1 consisting of content from the following units:

B1a CELL BIOLOGY: Cell structure and transport

B1b CELL BIOLOGY: Cell division

B2a ORGANISATION: The human digestive system

B2b ORGANISATION: Organising animals and plants

B3a INFECTION AND RESPONSE: communicable disease

B3b INFECTION AND RESPONSE: preventing and treating diseases and health issues

B4 BIOENERGETICS

Term 2:

B5b HOMEOSTASIS AND RESPONSE: Hormonal control

B6a INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Reproduction (part 1)

 

B7b ECOLOGY: Biodiversity

 

Assessment

 

Assessment 2 will examine the following content:

B2a ORGANISATION: The human digestive system

B2b ORGANISATION: Organising animals and plants

Trial exam – full paper 2 consisting of content from the following units:

B5a HOMEOSTASIS AND RESPONSE: Nervous control

B5b HOMEOSTASIS AND RESPONSE: Hormonal control

B6a INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Reproduction

B6b INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Variation and evolution

B7a ECOLOGY: Adaptations, interdependence, Competition

B7b ECOLOGY: Biodiversity

Term 3:

B6a INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION: Reproduction (part 2)

 

Revision of all units in preparation for final exams

Assessment

 

Trial exam – full paper 1 consisting of content from the following units:

B1a CELL BIOLOGY: Cell structure and transport

B1b CELL BIOLOGY: Cell division

B2a ORGANISATION: The human digestive system

B2b ORGANISATION: Organising animals and plants

B3a INFECTION AND RESPONSE: communicable disease

B3b INFECTION AND RESPONSE: preventing and treating diseases and health issues

B4 BIOENERGETICS

n/a

Key Stage 4 Triple Chemistry (Year 10-11)

 

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1

C5 Energy Change

C6 Rate of Reaction

C9 Atmosphere

C10a Earth's Resources

 Assessment  

Assessment 1 will examine the following content:

C1a Atomic Structure

C1b – periodic table

 

Trial exam – full paper 1 consisting of content from the following units:

B1a CELL BIOLOGY: Cell structure and transport

B1b CELL BIOLOGY: Cell division

B2a ORGANISATION: The human digestive system

B2b ORGANISATION: Organising animals and plants

B3a INFECTION AND RESPONSE: communicable disease

B3b INFECTION AND RESPONSE: preventing and treating diseases and health issues

B4 BIOENERGETICS

C1a Atomic Structure

C1b Periodic Table

C2 Bonding

C3 Quantitative Chemistry

C4a Chemical Changes

C4b Electrolysis

C5 Energy Change

P1a Energy : stores and transfers

P1b Energy: Heat transfers

P1c Energy : resources

P2a Electricity : circuits

P2b Electricity : in the home

P3 Particle Model of Matter

P4 Atomic structure

Term 2:

C7a Crude Oil

C7b Organic Chemistry (part1)

C7c Polymers

C10b Using Resources

Assessment

 

Assessment 2 will examine the following content:

C2 - Bonding

C3 – Quantitative Chemistry

 

Trial exam – full paper 2 consisting of content from the following units:

C6 Rate of Reaction

C7a Crude Oil

C7b Organic Chemistry

C7c Polymers

C8 Chemical Analysis

C9 Atmosphere

C10a Earth's Resources

C10b Using Resources

Term 3:

C7b Organic Chemistry (part 2)

C7c Polymers

Revision of all units in preparation for final exams

Assessment

 

Trial exam – full paper 1 consisting of content from the following units:

C1a Atomic Structure

C1b Periodic Table

C2 Bonding

C3 Quantitative Chemistry

C4a Chemical Changes

C4b Electrolysis

C5 Energy Change

n/a

Key Stage 4 Triple Physics (Year 10-11)

 

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1

P4 Atomic structure

P5a Forces : the basics

P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism

P8 Space physics

Assessment   

 

Assessment 1 will examine the following content:

P1a – energy: stores and transfers

P1b – energy: heat transfers

P1c – energy: resources

Trial exam – full paper 1 consisting of content from the following units:

B1a CELL BIOLOGY: Cell structure and transport

B1b CELL BIOLOGY: Cell division

B2a ORGANISATION: The human digestive system

B2b ORGANISATION: Organising animals and plants

B3a INFECTION AND RESPONSE: communicable disease

B3b INFECTION AND RESPONSE: preventing and treating diseases and health issues

B4 BIOENERGETICS

C1a Atomic Structure

C1b Periodic Table

C2 Bonding

C3 Quantitative Chemistry

C4a Chemical Changes

C4b Electrolysis

C5 Energy Change

P1a Energy : stores and transfers

P1b Energy: Heat transfers

P1c Energy : resources

P2a Electricity : circuits

P2b Electricity : in the home

P3 Particle Model of Matter

P4 Atomic structure

Term 2:

P5b Forces : Motion

P5c Forces : Newton’s Laws

Revision of all units in preparation for final exams

Assessment

 

Assessment 2 will examine the following content:

P1a – Energy: stores and transfers

P1b – Energy: heat transfers

P1c – Energy: resources

P2a – Electricity: circuits

Trial exam – full paper 2 consisting of content from the following units:

P5a Forces : the basics

P5b Forces : Motion

P5c Forces : Newton’s Laws

P5d Forces : triple

P6a Waves : properties

P6b Waves : Electromagnetic spectrum

P6c Waves : triple

P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism

P8 Space physics

Term 3:

P5d Forces : triple

Revision of all units in preparation for final exams

Assessment

 

Trial exam – full paper 1 consisting of content from the following units:

P1a Energy : stores and transfers

P1b Energy: Heat transfers

P1c Energy : resources

P2a Electricity : circuits

P2b Electricity : in the home

P3 Particle Model of Matter

P4 Atomic structure

n/a

 

Useful Science Websites

Enrichment

During the course of the school year we have numerous trips and visits, and regularly have presentations and talks by outside speakers. Perhaps the most memorable was the inspirational visit by Dame Helen Sharman to the Science Faculty to speak to our KS3 students.

 Dame Helen Sharman visits Meadowhead

Here is a taste of some of our trips and events:

  • Residential visit to CERN in Switzerland for our KS5 students
  • Residential field study to Malham Tarn in North Yorkshire for our KS5 students
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Christmas lecture at University of Sheffield
  • Each year we host an impressive Science Week. Throughout the week there are a series of talks hosted by various scientific experts with a different topic each day. The week is a big success and in the past has had lots of exciting topics for students to broaden their knowledge in science

STEM club

 

 

We also run a number of after school Science clubs throughout the year including:

  • KS3 STEM club (Y8)
  • KS3 STEM club (Y9/10)
  • Science club (Y7)
  • Science support club (open to Y7-11)
  • Science support clubs for 6th form subjects.

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