Chaucer Subject Intent - Science

Our purpose is to provide a high-quality science education, which lays the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, that all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should appreciate the achievements of science in showing how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are inter-linked, and which are of universal application.

Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena.

Pupils will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Knowledge and understanding

Teachers will use different contexts to maximise pupils’ engagement with and motivation to study science. It will be taught in ways that ensure pupils have the knowledge to enable them to develop curiosity about the natural world, insight into working scientifically, and appreciation of the relevance of science to their everyday lives, so that students:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science, through different types of scientific enquiry that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry, problem-solving skills and mathematical skills, both in the laboratory, in the field and in other environments
  • develop their ability to evaluate claims based on science through critical analysis of the methodology, evidence and conclusions, both qualitatively and quantitatively
  • develop the use of common language and also the use of technical terminology. They will build up an extended specialist vocabulary.
  • develop the ability to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
  • develop their understanding of the social and economic implications of science
  • encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations.
  • develop their ability to see the connections between science subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding.

(Examples of these big ideas are the links between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all of these interactions)

Curriculum description

Year 7 Science

Term 1

Biology –Students are taught about different aspects of cells, including specialisation and movement of substances.  They then develop their understanding of multicellular organisms and how organisms are built and function.  

Chemistry –students are particles and their behaviour, including states or matter and change of state.

Physics – Students learn about to forces; what they are and how they affect different materials.

Term 2

Biology –Students study human reproduction and the changes that occur during puberty.

Chemistry –Students are introduced to elements, atoms and compounds and start t learn about chemical reactions and formulae.   They then develop this in more depth in the reactions module, where they learn about a range of different reactions including combustion, thermal decomposition as well as endo and exothermic reactions.

Physics – Students investigate the science of sound and light as methods of energy transfer.  They learn about reflection, refraction and how light is absorbed.

Term 3

Biology –Students conclude the reproduction topic looking at plant reproduction and seed dispersal.

Chemistry –Students are introduced to acids, alkalis and neutralisation reactions.

Physics – Students investigate the night sky and solar system in the space module.

Year 8 Science

Term 1

Biology –Students learn about health and life style, focusing on diet, drugs, alcohol and smoking.   They also learn about the biological processes photosynthesis, chemosysnthesis and respiration and why they are important in energy transfer in ecosystems.

Chemistry –Students are introduced to the periodic table and how it has been developed.  They also look at the trends in reactivity of different groups, using group 1 and 7 as models.

Physics – Students learn about electrical circuits and magnetism, including the similarities and differences in series and parallel circuits.

Term 2

Biology –Students learn about food chains and webs.

Chemistry –Students learn about the different separation techniques to produce pure products, including filtration, evaporation, distillation and chromatography. 

Physics – students learn about energy and energy transfer.  They then develop this by looking at power and efficiency.

Term 3

Biology –Students start to learn about adaptation and how important characteristics for survival are passed from one generation to the next through the process of inheritance.

Chemistry –Students continue the work they started in year 7 on acids and alkalis looking at the reactions of acids with metals, they then develop this further looking at other reactions of metals.  Following on from the work on space they started in year 7 they now focus on the Earth and how different types of rocks have formed and are cycled in the rock cycle. 

Physics – Students develop the work they started in year 7 on forces, looking at the impact of forces on acceleration and pressure.

KS4 – combined science GCSE

Combined science GCSE

The combined science GCSE is a dual GCSE course that covers all three sciences (chemistry, physics and biology) and starts in year 9.

The course is split into the following modules:

Biology

  • WS 1 – 8 – Working scientifically
  • B1 Cell – level systems
  • B2 Scaling up
  • B3 Organism-level systems
  • B4 Community-level systems
  • B5 Genes, inheritance and selection
  • B6 Global challenges – Biology focused.
  • B7 Practical skills

Chemistry

  • WS 1 – 8 – Working scientifically
  • C1 Particles
  • C2 Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • C3 Chemical reactions
  • C4 Predicting and identifying products
  • C5 Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
  • C6 Global challenges – chemistry focused.
  • C7 – Practical skills

Physics

  • WS 1 – 8 – Working scientifically
  • P1 Matter
  • P2 Forces
  • P3 electricity and magnetism
  • P4 waves and radioactivity
  • P5 Energy
  • P6 Global challenges – physics focused.
  • P6 Practical skills