Autumn Term 1:
Your child will be studying and focusing on: Air Quality, Radiation & Life, Keeping Healthy & Sustainable Energy:
- Which chemicals make up air and which ones are pollutants? How do I make sense of data about air pollution?
- What chemical reactions produce air pollutants? What happens to these pollutants in the atmosphere?
- What choices can we make personally, locally, nationally or globally to improve air quality?
- What types of electromagnetic radiation are there? What happens when radiation hits an object?
- Which types of electromagnetic radiation harm living tissues and why?
- What is the evidence for global warming, why might it be occurring, and how serious a threat is it?
- How are electromagnetic waves used in communications?
- How do our bodies resist infection?
- What are vaccines and antibiotics and how do they work?
- What factors increase the risk of heart disease?
- How do our bodies keep a healthy water balance?
- How much energy do we use?
- How can electricity be generated?
- Which energy sources should we choose?
Autumn Term 2:
Your child will be studying and focusing on: Material Choices, Chemicals in our Lives, Life on Earth
- How do we measure the properties of materials and why are the results useful?
- Why is crude oil important as a source of new materials such as plastics and fibres?
- Why does it help to know about the molecular structure of materials such as plastics and fibres?
- What is nanotechnology and why is it important?
- What were the origins of minerals in Britain that contribute to our economic wealth?
- Where does salt come from and why is it so important?
- What do we need chemicals such as alkalis and chlorine and how do we make them?
- What can we do to make our use of chemicals safe and sustainable?
- Systems in balance – how do different species depend on each other?
- How has life on Earth evolved?
- What is the importance of biodiversity?
Spring Term 1:
Your child will be studying and focusing on: Chemical Synthesis and Explaining Motion
- Chemicals and why we need them
- Planning, carrying out and controlling a chemical synthesis
Spring Term 2:
Your child will be studying and focusing on: Controlled Assessments – Chemistry Practical Investigation and Physics Practical Investigation
- Develop hypotheses and plan practical ways to test them including risk assessment
- Manage risks when carrying out practical work
- Collect, process, analyse and interpret primary and secondary data including the use of appropriate technology to draw evidence-based conclusions
- Review methodology to assess fitness for purpose
- Review hypotheses in light of outcome
Summer Term 1:
Your child will be studying and focusing on: Chemical Patterns & Life Processes
- How do chemical reactions take place in living things?
- How do plants make food?
- How do living organisms obtain energy?
Summer Term 2:
Your child will be studying and focusing on: Chemicals of the Natural Environment & Electrical Circuits
- What types of chemicals make up the atmosphere?
- What reactions happen in the hydrosphere?
- What types of chemicals make up the Earth’s lithosphere?
- How can we extract useful materials from minerals?
- Electric current – a flow of what?
- What determines the size of the current in an electric circuit and the energy it transfers?
- How to parallel and series circuits work?
- How is mains electricity produced? How are voltages and currents induced?
- How to electric motors work?
Science useful websites:
Science Revision Guides:
These can be purchased from the Science Office
- GCSE Science
- GCSE Additional Science
Contact the Science Department
Phone: 01202 774650