Science

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

Chemistry:
Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
Topic 3 – Chemical changes
Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
Topic 5 – Separate Chemistry 1
Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table
Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes.

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

Year 10

Biology:
Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
Topic 2 – Cells and control
Topic 3 – Genetics
Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines

Chemistry:
Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
Topic 3 – Chemical changes
Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1
Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table
Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2

Physics:
Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
Topic 2 – Motion and forces
Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
Topic 4 – Waves
Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
Topic 6 – Radioactivity
Topic 7 – Astronomy

Year 11

Biology:
B4: The processes of life
B5: Growth and development
B6: Brain and mind
B7:  Further biology*

Chemistry:
C4: Chemical patterns
C5: Chemicals of the natural environment
C6: Chemical synthesis
C7: Further chemistry*

Physics:
P4: Explaining motion
P5: Electric circuits
P6: Radioactive materials
P7: Observing the universe*

  • Students completing the separate science course will complete all the modules above
  • *Students completing the Double Science course will complete all the modules above with the exception of all those marked in bold with an asterisk
  • Controlled Assessment equates to 25% of each subject (two for double Science, three for separate Science).

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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