Science

Head of Department: Mr M Dennis - m.dennis.scs@stcleres.coop
Second in Department: Mr Sam Singh - s.singh.scs@stcleres.coop   

At St Clere's, we strive to make science exciting, inspiring and relevant. We want young people not to just remember science facts but to challenge the world around them and develop analytical and evaluative skills.  

Our course will enable students to develop a broad base of scientific knowledge to understand the world they live in, to learn to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively - all invaluable skills for their future lives.

Students learn to:

  • plan and carry out scientific investigations
  • justify choice of equipment and methodology
  • draw and interpret graphs and tables
  • synthesise arguments from evidence (or lack thereof)
  • write logical and coherent conclusions
  • evaluate evidence for strengths, weaknesses and gaps in knowledge.

GCSE Courses: 

GCSE Biology 9-1 (2016) - Edexcel 1BIO - Full Exam Specification
GCSE Chemistry 9-1 (2016) - Edexcel 1CHO - Full Exam Specification
GCSE Physics 9-1 (2016) - Edexcel 1PHO - Full Exam Specification

Exam Mark Breakdown:

There is NO controlled assessment or coursework. All three topics are taught separately and are assessed in externally set written exams at the end of Year 11.

Biology:
          Paper 1 - 50% (100 marks), 1hr 45 minutes
          Paper 2 - 50% (100 marks), 1hr 45 minutes

Chemistry:
          Paper 1 - 50% (100 marks), 1hr 45 minutes
          Paper 2 - 50% (100 marks), 1hr 45 minutes

Physics:
          Paper 1 - 50% (100 marks), 1hr 45 minutes
          Paper 2 - 50% (100 marks), 1hr 45 minutes

GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)

Year 9:

Biology
Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
Topic 2 – Cells and control
Topic 3 – Genetics

Chemistry
Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
Topic 3 – Chemical changes

Physics
 Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
 Topic 2 – Motion and forces
 Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
 Topic 4 – Waves

Year 10:

Biology
Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines
Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions

Chemistry
Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1
Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table

Physics
Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
Topic 6 – Radioactivity
Topic 7 – Astronomy
Topic 8 – Energy - Forces doing work

Year 11:

Biology:
Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycle

Chemistry:
Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2

Physics:
Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
Topic 11 – Static electricity
Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
Topic 14 – Particle model
Topic 15 – Forces and matter 

Key Stage 3 Study Breakdown (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7

Term 1: Welcome to Science
             Cells, tissues and microbes
             Particles
             Energy and heat transfer

Term 2: Exploring Space
             Atoms, elements, compounds and the periodic table
             Forces and their effects

Term 3: Variation, classification and evolution
             Electricity
             Food and digestion
             Pure and impure substances

Year 8

Term 1: Lungs, gas exchange, drugs and health
             Waves, light and sound
             Extraction of metals.

Term 2: Reproduction
             Simple chemical reactions and describing reactions
             Magnets and electromagnets
             Acids, alkalis and reactions of acids

Term 3: Photosynthesis and respiration
             Motion
             Innovative materials
             Muscles and bones
             Applications of forces

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