Science

Science

About The Science Department

The science department consists of 10 well qualified science teachers who are supported by 3 science technicians.  The school has 6 fully equipped laboratories that are primarily used for science lessons across key stage 3 and 4.  The science department are committed to delivering a thorough and varied curriculum and a large part of this is a belief and understanding of the value of practical work, which is carried out wherever possible.  We aspire for as many of our students as possible to carry on with their science education once they leave Hall Green School and we are very proud of our record in helping to create the next generation of scientists.

Key Stage 3 Years 7-8

Year 7 and 8 have 6 lessons a fortnight and will be taught in their main teaching groups.  Students will study a range of topics, equally spread across Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  Student’s learning is regularly assessed, approximately once every 6 weeks.  Key scientific ideas are taught, as well as important practical and analysing skills that will allow the students the best possible chance to succeed at key stage 4 and beyond.

The topics that are taught in year 7 are:

Assessment cycle

Biology topic

Chemistry topic

Physics topic

1

Cells

Particles

Energy transfer

2

Reproduction

Atoms

Forces

3

Environment & Adaptations

Acids & Alkalis

Electricity

4

Variation

Pure and Impure substances

Energy resources

5

Photosynthesis

Chemical Reactions

Magnetism

6

Food & Digestion

Compounds

Motion

The topics taught in year 8 are:

Assessment cycle

Biology topic

Chemistry topic

Physics topic

1

Lungs

Periodic Table

Static Electricity

2

Respiration

Extracting Metals

Waves

3

Muscles & Bones

Acid Reactions

Light

4

Inheritance & Evolution

Describing Reactions

Applications of Forces

5

Drugs & Health

Earth & Atmosphere

Heat Transfer

6

Microbes

Innovative Materials

Space

At the end of year 8, students will sit a comprehensive examination that will form an important part of deciding which GCSE course they will study from the start of year 9. 

Once this has been completed, we run a Science Fair for all of year 8 where students are given the opportunity to showcase their experimental as well as theoretical knowledge of something that interests them.   Previous winning groups have investigated how to trick the brain, the fluorescence of different drinks and how to build the perfect catapult.

Key Stage 4 Years 9-11

Year 9 have 6 lessons a fortnight.  Years 10 and 11 have 10 lessons a fortnight.  Students will be set into groups based predominantly on their ability within science, as well as any other timetabling constraints.  One set will study Edexcel Biology, Chemistry and Physics as 3 GCSEs whilst the remaining sets will study Edexcel Combined Science, either foundation or higher tier, which counts as a double GCSE.  The number of sets studying either tier changes each year, depending on the intake.  The new science GCSEs are graded 9-1.  The separate science grades are 9-4 and the Combined Science Higher tier grades run from 9-9 to 4-3 and the Foundation tier grades go from 5-5 to 1-1.

Students are formally assessed at the end of each unit of work, as well as mock examinations at the end of year 9 and 10, and in December of year 11.  Continuous monitoring of student performance allows us to place students on the correct course for them.  We are proud that our results have consistently been significantly higher than both Local and National averages, making us one of the best performing science departments in the city.

The topics studied across all 3 year groups for combined science are:

Year 9

Biology Units

Chemistry Units

Physics Units

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Biology

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Chemistry

Topic 1 – Key concepts in Physics

Topic 2 – Cells and control

 

Topic 2 – Motion and forces

 

 

Topic 3 – Conservation of energy

Year 10

Biology Units

Chemistry Units

Physics Units

Topic 3 – Genetics

Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures

Topic 4 – Waves

Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification

Topic 3 – Chemical changes

Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria

Topic 6 – Radioactivity

Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions

 

Topic 8 – Energy – forces doing work

 

 

Topic 9 – Forces and their effects

Year 11

Biology Units

Chemistry Units

Physics Units

Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table

Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits

Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals

Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes

Topic 11 – Static electricity

Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science

Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect

 

 

Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction

 

 

Topic 14 – Particle model

 

 

Topic 15 – Forces and matter

Separate science groups will study the same programme in year 9, with all chemistry topics being studied in year 10, ready to sit their Chemistry GCSE at the end of year 10.  All remaining Biology and Physics topics are studied in the rest of year 10 and into year 11.

Further information, specific details and past papers can be found through the Edexcel science web page – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

Additionally, Hall Green School pays for student access to the online service Active Learn.  Usernames and passwords are given out at the start of the year but can be requested from science teachers at any time.  Active Learn can be accessed through https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com/app/Home.

We can now proudly share our most recent Ofsted report. It reflects a number of key strengths including our inclusive ethos, attitude towards learning, success and togetherness. Thanks to all members of the hard-working Hall Green community! https://www.hallgreen.bham.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Hall-Green-School-137858-Final-Report.pdf

We have been awarded the “Music Mark” award as a result of providing high-quality music education within a broad and balanced curriculum. Services for Education have recognised the value that we place upon music and we continue to support their vision. We are so proud!

Reminder...Tonight there is a presentation from Mrs Ziebeck (KS4 Science) and Mr Hosfield (Deputy Headteacher) regarding study skills and revision practice. It is an opportunity to meet other parents, share ideas and make an "Action Plan" for the remainder of the academic year.

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