Science

What will I study?

At WHGS you will cover the United Learning KS3 curriculum by studying the topics listed below:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

  • Cells, tissues, organs & organ systems
  • Sexual reproduction in animals
  • Muscles & bones
  • Ecosystems
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Plants and their reproduction
  • Unicellular organisms
  • Genes & genetics
  • Plant growth
  • Mixtures & Separation
  • Acids & Alkalis
  • Particle Model
  • Atoms, Elements & Compounds
  • Rocks 
  • Combustions
  • The periodic table
  • Metals and their uses
  • Making materials 
  • Demolition
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Force fields & electromagnets
  • Matter
  • Light
  • Energy & power
  • Space
  • Forces in action

How will I be assessed?

You will be provided with feedback on your progress during your lessons and from various assessed tasks throughout the year. Your teacher will give you time in lessons to reflect on your progress and make improvements to your work.

What exams will I take? 

You will take two 1 hour United Learning exams at the end of Year 7, 8 and 9, which will cover everything you have studied up to that point.

At GCSE, the Science Department offers either Trilogy Sciences or three Separate Sciences. All GCSE Science areas are taught by subject specialists in set ability groupings and the GCSE teaching starts in Year 9.

Biology is the science of life and of living organisms. The subject is taught throughout the school using a range of teaching methods including independent, collaborative and practical work. Our aim is to develop knowledge and understanding of various biological concepts, giving individuals the opportunity to develop an understanding of scientific methods and the important role that biology plays in today’s society.

There are a variety of teaching methods used to enable pupils to acquire scientific skills and knowledge and the understanding necessary to progress to advanced level, if desired. Pupils are expected to utilise all resources, including those available on the school network, GCSE pod and Kerboodle to supplement their studies.

At WHGS students will cover the Biology AQA Key Stage 4 curriculum by studying the topics listed below:

Subject Content:

  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

What is Assessed?

Paper 1:

Topics 1-4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics

Paper 2:

Topics 5-7: Homeostatasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology

How it is Assessed (for each Paper):

  • Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 Marks
  • 50% of GCSE for Paper 1 and 50% of GCSE for Paper 2

Questions

  • Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

There is no controlled assessment / coursework element to this course; practical work is assessed as part of the written examinations at the end of Year 11.

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Chemistry is the study of the composition, behaviour and properties of matter, and of the elements of the Earth and its atmosphere.

At GCSE, the Science Department offers either AQA Trilogy Sciences or three AQA Separate Sciences. All GCSE Science areas are taught by subject specialists in set ability groupings and the GCSE teaching starts in Year 9. These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

There are a variety of teaching methods used to enable pupils to acquire scientific skills and knowledge and the understanding necessary to progress to advanced level, if desired. Pupils are expected to utilise all resources, including those available on the school network, GCSE pod and Kerboodle to supplement their studies.

There’s no better way to learn about science than through purposeful practical activities as part of day-to-day learning. The eight required practicals are clearly laid out in the specification, so you know exactly what’s required. There is no controlled assessment / coursework element to this course; practical work is assessed as part of the written examinations at the end of Year 11.

At WHGS students will cover the Chemistry AQA Key Stage 4 curriculum by studying the topics listed below:

Subject Content:

  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

What is Assessed?

Paper 1:

Topics 1-5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Paper 2:

Topics 6-10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it is Assessed:

Separate Science: Chemistry

Paper 1 and Paper 2 are written exams with each exam paper being 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

 

Trilogy Science: Chemistry

Paper 1 and Paper 2 are written exams with each exam paper being 1 hour 45 minutes

  • Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

At GCSE, the Science Department offers either Trilogy Sciences or three Separate Sciences. All GCSE Science areas are taught by subject specialists in set ability groupings and the GCSE teaching starts in Year 9.

We tell a coherent and logical story through physics, with topics including Energy, Electricity, and Forces. At the heart of the course are eight required practicals which will enable you to develop your investigative skills.

Our specification, based on the AQA course, provides great preparation for A-level.

You will have access to excellent resources including textbooks, online resources via Kerboodle, extensive content on the shared drive, and a dedicated team of specialist physics teachers.

At WHGS students will cover the Physics AQA Key Stage 4 curriculum by studying the topics listed below:

Subject Content:

  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)

What is Assessed?

Paper 1:

Topics 1-4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure

Paper 2:

Topics 5-7: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics
(Questions in Paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity).

How it is Assessed (for each Paper):

  • Written Exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 Marks
  • 50% of GCSE for Paper 1 and 50% of GCSE for Paper 2

Questions

  • Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

There is no controlled assessment / coursework element to this course; practical work is assessed as part of the written examinations at the end of Year 11.

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