Trinity High School

Science

Staff and responsibility

Mr M Hopkins
Head of Faculty

Mrs K Dilay
Head of Biology

Miss V Tapp
Head of Chemistry

Miss J Cottle
Head of Physics

Miss Kiran Ibrar
Teacher of Chemistry

Mr M Dale
Teacher of Biology

Ms C Packet
Teacher of Biology

Miss S Bray
Teacher of Biology

Mrs S King
Teacher of Science

Dr E Passalacqua
Teacher of Science

 

SCIENCE

Science is a vibrant & forward-looking faculty which benefits from the excellent subject knowledge of its teachers.  We work closely together to ensure the best possible learning experience for our students and aim to instil in our students a love of learning and a fascination with the world around them.

Our teaching team of 9 is supported by our great Science technicians; we place a high value on experimental work. We have excellent facilities including 9 labs, 6 of which have been recently refurbished. Our four newest labs feature state of the art touch screens with wireless key boards to engage & excite our students.

KS4: We teach a three year KS4 programme with students starting their GCSE work in Year 9. Following the recent reform of Science GCSE qualifications, all students will now follow either the AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) or AQA Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) routes.

Year 9, 10 and 11 2017/18

There are two pathways through KS4; students either study GCSE Combined Science (exam board AQA, specification Trilogy, code 8464) or separate GCSEs in Biology (exam board AQA, specification code 8461), Chemistry (exam board AQA, specification code 8462) and Physics (exam board AQA, specification code 8463). There is no longer any single Science option, and the new qualifications do not include a Controlled Assessment component.

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Subject leader

Mrs Dilay

Miss V Tapp

Miss J Cottle

Units studied

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and

    response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

8. Key Ideas

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

11. Key Ideas

1. Energy

2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces

6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space Physics (Physics only)

9. Key Ideas

With the exception of Physics Unit 8, Space Physics, all students study all the topics listed no matter which route they take, though those studying Triple Science will study extended versions of each topic.

Students will have the option of taking either the Higher Tier (covering grades 4-9) or Foundation Tier exam (covering grades 1-5). This decision will be made early in Year 11 following ongoing assessment.

The Combined Science option will require students to undertake 6 x 1 hour 15 minute exam papers in the Summer of Year 11, each covering a selection of topics studied. Triple Science students will undertake 2 x 1 hour 45 minute papers for each of the Sciences, each again, covering a selection of topics studied.

Guidance on which revision websites and guides are recommended will be issued as soon as they are available.

 

KEY STAGE 5 - PHYSICS

Exam Board and entry requirements.
AQA A - modules will be examined in June of Year 12 at AS and the full A level in the summer of Year 13. There is no coursework at AS or A level. Practical and experimental skills are assessed through the final exams in both AS and A level years.

Entry requirements are 2 science GCSEs at grade 6 (one of which must be Physics) and maths GCSE at grade 6.

Course Content
The course builds on topics studied at GCSE and introduces some new topics. There are three AS modules; module 1 introduces ideas about particles, radiation and quantum phenomena. Module 2 deals with mechanics and molecular kinetic theory and builds on ideas about forces and motion. In module 3 students study electricity and elastic properties of matter.

To gain the full A level students study the above plus three more modules. Module 4 deals with gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, waves and oscillations. In module 5 students study nuclear applications and choose an additional topic. The final Module is an optional module. This year students have opted to study Astrophysics.

Useful Subject & Revision websites
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/physics-a-2450
www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/physics
http://physicsnet.co.uk/a-level-physics-as-a2/
http://revisionworld.com/a2-level-level-revision/physics-level-revision

Exam success
100% of student entered gained an A2 Qualification in 2017.

 

KEY STAGE 5 - CHEMISTRY

Exam Board and entry requirements.
AQA A - modules will be examined in June at AS and the full A level in the summer of Year 13. There is no coursework at either level. Practical and experimental skills are assessed through the final exams in both AS and A2 level years.

Entry requirements are 2 science GCSEs at grade 6(one of which must be Chemistry) and maths GCSE at grade 6.

Course Content
The course builds on topics studied at GCSE and introduces some new topics. There are three modules throughout the 2-year course; module 1 studies physical chemistry, including the structure of an atom, types of bonding and physical properties, and energy in reactions. Module 2 studies inorganic chemistry, looking at trends and groups of elements. In module 3 students study organic chemistry which allows them to have a better understanding of naming structures, and how and why different types of molecules react, on a sub-atomic level.

Students will sit 3 papers at the end of the 2-year course, all of which include all 3 branches of chemistry and practical skills

Useful Subject & Revision websites
www.knockhardy.org.uk/sci
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/chemistry
www.aqa.org.uk

Exam success
86% of student entered gained an A2 Qualification in 2017.

 

KEY STAGE 5 - BIOLOGY

Exam Board and entry requirements.
Examination board: AQA.

Two 1.5 hour papers each contribute 50% to the AS qualification.

Three 2 hour papers make up the A level exam. Paper 1 and paper 2 are each worth 35% of the final mark with paper 3 contributing 30%.

Entry requirements are 2 science GCSEs at grade 6 (one of which must be Biology) and maths GCSE at grade 6.

Course Content

Core content for AS level includes, biological molecules and how they are used to build cells, how organisms exchange substances with their environment in the processes of diffusion, osmosis and active transport.

Genetic information and inheritance, variation between organisms and relationships between organisms

Core content for A level includes the above plus:                                                                 

A much deeper study of the processes of respiration and photosynthesis, inheritance and selection including the mechanisms of inheritance.

Additionally in A level we study control of gene expression and DNA technology, as well as studying into more depth about the human nervous system, the mechanism of muscular contraction and homeostasis.

Useful Subject & Revision websites
www.s-cool.co.uk
www.revisionworld.com

Exam success
80% of student entered gained an A2 Qualification in 2017

 

KEY STAGE 5 – LEVEL 3 BTEC

Exam Board and entry requirements.
Examination board: Edexcel

One 1.5 hour paper worth 58% of final qualification and 4 internally assessed learning aim.

Year 2 is comprised of 1 externally assessed practical unit, drawing from theory learned in year 1 alongside 1 internally assessed learning aim.

Course Content
During Year 1 students develop practical chemistry skills, including the ability to carry out chromatography, titrations and calorimetry alongside theoretical chemistry units including structure of the atom, bonding theory and understanding chemical properties.

Biology topics will include cell structure and function, how cells are specialised to perform their function and the structure and function of the heart and lungs.

Physics topics will include, how waves are used in communication, properties and uses of the electromagnetic spectrum and understanding wave equations.

Year 2 will consist of 1 external unit set by the exam board where pupils will be expected to carry out research into a given topic, then plan and carry out the method to obtain valid results. This unit draws on the knowledge of topics studied in year 1.

Exam success
 100% pass rate in BTEC in 2016, 50% at Distinction or higher

Useful Subject & Revision websites

www.s-cool.co.uk
www.revisionworld.com
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/applied-science-2016.html

Contribution to SMSC

Biology

  • Discussions and debates about the theories of evolution.
  • In Schemes of work.
  • Lessons on the ethics of drug trialling and animal testing.
  • The ethics of cloning and the different ethical stance on cloning.

Chemistry

  • Lessons on environmental issues e.g. quarrying, mining, recycling, use of resources, bio-fuels, global warming/dimming, acid rain, CFC’s.

Physics

  • Lessons on contamination by radioactive waste.
  • Renewable energy sources.

Contribution to Wider Curriculum 

Solar Cell Project (Year 9): The project raises the students’ awareness of the practical importance of Science, ADT and Maths. This project combines all three subjects and gives the students the opportunity to design and present a project on a solar powered object.

Subject club(s)

  • Revision sessions are held after school and at lunch times for all subjects at KS4 & 5.
  • We are hoping to run a Year 9 Science club starting very soon.

Extra-curricular activities in Science

  • KS5 Physics: Trip to CERN to understand how humans are trying to understand the fundamentals of the universe and opportunity to observe first hand, diverse cultures working together for a common purpose.
  • KS5 Sciences: University days to see the more modern methods of studying science.
  • Year 12: Sci-tech Careers & University courses.
  • Year 10/11 Trip to Science Live dealing with cutting edge Science themes, delivered by celebrated Scientists.
  • Year 11/12: Gifted and Talented trip Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope.

 

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