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Science

Combined Science

What is the overall aim of what we are learning in Combined Science?

The Science Curriculum aims to introduce our students to an ever deepening understanding of the way that our world works including the way that it is constructed and the processes that occur with and without human intervention which keep it going.

What are students learning in Year 7 & 8?

In KS3, our students learn about the building blocks and processes of human life and the planet that we inhabit.  Starting with an investigation into the structure of cells and particles, we gradually build knowledge around how these micro scientific structures co-exist and function together.

Why are they learning these things?

With a focus on interactivity, our young people explore the world from new and diverse scientific perspectives so that they are able to start asking questions about how and why everything on our planet and beyond happens.

Year 7 - Scheme of Learning Overview
7.1 Cells
7.2 Particles
7.3 Forces
7.4 Body Systems
7.5 Elements
7.6 Reactions
7.7 Sound
7.8 Reproduction
7.9 Light
7.10 Acid and Alkalis
Year 8 - Scheme of Learning Overview
8.1   Health and Lifestyle
8.2 The Periodic Table
8.3 Ecosystems
8.4 Separation Techniques
8.5 Energy
8.6 Adaptations
8.7 Metals and their Reactions
8.8 Motion and Pressure



What are the students learning in Year 9, 10 & 11?

Across years 9, 10 and 11, students learn to consider our world through a range of theoretical concepts which underpin scientific enquiry.  With this in mind, they begin to investigate the way that scientific endeavour can shape and support the processes that our planet engages in.

Why are they learning these things?

They learn these things in order that they better understand their own place in the world and the ways in which they utilise scientific processes.  This study includes looking at Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Year 9 - Scheme of Learning Overview
9.1 Cell Structure and Transport
9.2 Cell Division
9.3 Organisation and the Digestive System
9.4 Organising Animals and Plants
9.5 Atomic Structure
9.6 The Periodic Table
9.7 Structure and Bonding
9.8 Chemical Calculations
9.9 Conservation and Dissipation of Energy
9.10 Energy Transfer by Heating
9.11 Energy Resources
9.12 Electrical Circuits
Year 10 - Scheme of Learning Overview
10.1 Chemical Changes
10.2 Electricity in the Home
10.3 Non-communicable Disease
10.4 Photosynthesis
10.5 Respiration
10.6 The Human Nervous System
10.7 Communicable Disease
10.8 Electrolysis
10.9 Energy Changes and Transfers
10.10 Rates and Equilibrium
10.11 Preventing and treating Disease
10.12 Molecules and Matter
10.13 Radioactivity
Year 11 - Scheme of Learning Overview
11.1   Crude Oil and Fuels
11.2 Motion
11.3 Variation and Evolution
11.4 Genetics and Evolution
11.5 Adaptations, Interdependence and Competition
11.6 Organising an Ecosystem
11.7 Biodiversity and Ecosystems
11.8 Hormonal Control in Humans and Plants
11.9 Chemical Analysis
11.10 The Earth's Atmosphere
11.11 The Earth's Resources
11.12 Forces in Balance
11.13 Reproduction
11.14 Force and Motion
11.15 Wave Properties
11.16 Electromagnetic Waves
11.17 Electromagnetism



How can I find out more about what students are learning?

Schemes of Learning Over the course of this academic year, we will be sharing links to our schemes of learning. You can click on these links to see more about what your child is studying.
GCSE Exam Board See the exam board specification below for a full outline of how the course is structured.
 
GCSE Specification AQA               GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy    
Subject Contact The name and email address of the subject leader can be found below. Please feel free to contact them if you have any further questions or would like to learn more about the curriculum students are following.
Subject Leader & email Ms V Jones               vjones@northolthigh.org.uk