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When you step into a science lab at Lipson, you embark on an adventure of possibility. Science ignites curiosity, interest and enjoyment in all our students whilst, furnishing them with the necessary skills to successfully explore the world around them.

Science starts with an idea and then equips you with the skills to prove or disprove it. Seeing the relationship between empirical evidence and your theory helps you think critically. These important thinking skills can be applied in many areas of study and nourishes a developing mind.

Science feeds a natural love for learning. Science is hands-on, it appeals readily to most students.

Science opens doors to many disciplines. Building an aptitude for science can be helpful in other areas of study; science encourages math, creativity and argument. An interest in science is an interest in how things were once understood compared to how they are understood now so studying science also lends itself easily to studying history. And hand-in-hand with every lab experiment is the report – thus writing becomes a crucial part of science. Even the study of language itself is a part of science; its specialist terminology can be traced back to Latin or Ancient Greek.

Science prepares our students for the future. It is the basis for life. We literally eat, sleep and breathe science.

Our curriculum has been designed to enable all learners to gain skills in Biology, chemistry & physics in a theoretical and practical sense.

Meet the Staff

The science team are a passionate department of biologists, chemists, physicists, dreamers, experimenters and researchers.

Dan Gage – Head of Science

Sam Chick – Second in department & Teacher of Science

Gaynor Comber – Head of Sixth form & Teacher of Science

Tony Connett - Teacher of Science

Katy Hooper - Teacher of Science

Sam Jones - Teacher of Science

Thomas Marks - Teacher of Science

Holly Bowman-Powell- Teacher of Science

Rebecca Smith - Teacher of Science

Steve Watson - Teacher of Science

Andrea Williams - Teacher of Science

Stevie Mitchell – Teacher of Science

Linda Trotter - Senior Science Technician

Steph Rosser – Science Technician

Ildiko Rozsa – Science Technician

Every student in years 7 to 11 study Science for five lessons a week. The subject is delivered within separate science modules comprising of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

A breakdown of the course content by year group (not by key stage). Course description, core requirements, assessment procedure/information.

Our Curriculum Learning Pathway

Building on KS2

As a department, we collaborate with our local Primary schools to identify what is being taught in Year 5 & 6 and how. Moreover, we run workshops where we explore the exciting practical nature of science- we love making lessons explosive!

Our SOL builds on the KS2 curriculum and develops students’ knowledge and skills so they are equipped with the skills that will assist them in KS4 and beyond.

Year 7 & 8

This is a two year course taught in years 7 and 8 using the AQA Activate syllabus. The curriculum is divided into modules for Biology, Chemistry and Physics and delivered as discrete subjects one per term. The curriculum is creative in nature and thus enables the development of skills and content that is built upon at GCSE.

Year

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

7

Skeleton

Cells

Movement

Food chains and webs

Ecosystems

Plant reproduction

Genes

Variation

Human reproduction

Physical states

Elements, mixtures & compounds

Separation of mixtures

Acids and alkalis

Reactions of metals

Earths structure

Rock cycle

Solar system

Forces

Speed

Gravity

Circuits

Energy

Sound

 

8

Breathing

Drugs, smoking & alcohol

Digestion & diet

Respiration

Photosynthesis

Evolution

Inheritance

DNA & genetics

Elements & Compounds

Periodic Table

Reactions of Group 1, 7 and 0

Types of reactions

Energy changes in reactions

Global warming & climate change

Carbon cycle

Extracting metals and recycling

Friction

Pressure

Stress and strain

Magnets and electromagnets

Work and energy

Energy transfers

Waves

Radiation and energy


For each unit, students are given an End Point Task (EPT) and an experiment based Core Practical. They are assessed at the end of each subject by a written one hour exam.

The EPT is an open-ended assignment that stretches and challenges the learners whilst consolidating their understanding. Once assessed, they will be asked to improve their work through frequent personalised questions from their teachers.

Useful website links.

Kerboodle - https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

BBC Bitesize - www.bbc.co.uk/gcsebitesize/

 

Useful books

AQA KS3 Activate book 1 Authors Philippa Gardom Hulme, Jo Locke and Helen Reynolds published by Oxford

AQA KS3 Activate book 2 Authors Philippa Gardom Hulme, Jo Locke and Helen Reynolds published by Oxford

 

GCSE Years 9, 10 & 11

KS4 Exam Board

AQA

Students follow the AQA Combined Trilogy Specification.   Modules studied for are:

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Year 9

•      Cell biology

•      Organisation

•      Bioenergetics

•      Infection and response

 

•      Atomic structure and the periodic table

•      Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

•      Quantitative chemistry

•      Chemical changes

•      Energy changes

•      Forces

•      Atomic structure

•      Magnetism and electromagnetism

•      Energy

Year 10

•      Homeostasis and response

•      Inheritance, variation and evolution

•      Ecology

•      The rate and extent of chemical change

•      Organic chemistry

•      Chemical analysis

•      Chemistry of the atmosphere

•      Using resources

•      Waves

•      Electricity

•      Particle model of matter

•      Space

Year 11

The cohort will be separated into Combined Trilogy and separate Science.

Combined Trilogy will revisit all the modules from Year 9 & 10

 

Examinations

Combined Trilogy

Biology Paper 1

Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

Biology Paper 2

Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.

Chemistry Paper 1

Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter;

Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2

The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

Physics Paper 1

 Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

Physics Paper 2

Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism

All examination papers are 75 minutes in length

 

Useful website links.

Kerboodle - https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

GCSE Bitesize - www.bbc.co.uk/gcsebitesize/

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464 -

Past papers:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461/assessment-resources

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462/assessment-resources

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463/assessment-resources

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464/assessment-resources

 

Text books and Study guides

AQA GCSE Biology authors Ann Fullick and Andrea Coates published by Oxford

AQA GCSE Chemistry authors Lawrie Ryan and Ray Peacock published by Oxford

AQA GCSE Physics authors Jim Breithaupt and Gary Calder published by Oxford

 

1. New Grade 9-1 GCSE Biology AQA Complete Revision & Practice   (with Online EDN) By: CGP Books (Author)CGP Books (Editor)

2.  New Grade 9-1 GCSE Chemistry AQA Complete Revision & Practice   (with Online EDN) By: CGP Books (Author)CGP Books (Editor)

3. New Grade 9-1 GCSE Physics AQA Complete Revision & Practice   (with Online EDN) By: CGP Books (Author)CGP Books (Editor)

4. New AQA GCSE Chemistry Revision Guide By: John Scottow (Author), Lawrie Ryan (Editor)

5. New AQA GCSE Biology Revision Guide By: Niva Miles &  Nigel English (Author), Lawrie Ryan (Editor)

6. New AQA GCSE Physics Revision Guide By: Pauline Anning (Author), Lawrie Ryan (Editor)

 

Sixth Form Years 12 & 13

 All Level 3 academic qualifications are linear; all examinations are completed in the final year of the course. Level 3 vocational qualifications contain external examinations in both years.

A Level Biology 

Exam Board - Edexcel B - Biology

Course Overview;

 

Year 12

Module 1: Biological Molecules

Module 2: Cells and Viruses

Module 3: Classification and Biodiversity

Module 4: Exchange and Transport

Module 5: Energy for Biological Processes

Module 10: Ecosystems

 

Year 13

Module 6: Microbiology and Pathogens

Module 7: Modern Genetics

Module 8: Origins and Genetic Variation

Module 9: Control Systems

 

Examinations

Paper 1: Advanced Biochemistry, Microbiology and Genetics, 30% of the total qualification, 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks and will test on areas from topics 1-7.

Paper 2: Advanced Physiology, Evolution and Ecology 30% of the total qualification, 1 hour 45 minutes, 90 marks and will test on areas from topics 1-4 and 8-10.

Paper 3: General and Practical Principles in Biology, 40% of total qualification, 2 hours 30 minutes, 120 marks and will test on all 10 topic areas.

 

Useful website links.

Kerboodle - https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

Royal Society of Biology - https://www.rsb.org.uk/

 

Useful books

Edexcel A Level Biology Student Book 1 authors Ed Lees and Martin Rowland publisher Hodder

Edexcel A2 Biology Revision Guide authors  Mr Gary Skinner, Mr Robin Harbord ,‎ Mr Ed Lees  publisher Hodder

 

A level Chemistry 

Examination board OCR Salters  B – Chemistry

Course overview;

 

Year 12

Storyline 1: Elements of Life

Storyline 2: Developing Fuels

Storyline 3: Elements from the Sea

Storyline 4: The Ozone Story

Storyline 5: What’s in a medicine?

 

Year 13

Storyline 6: The chemical industry

Storyline 7: Polymers and life

Storyline 8: Oceans

Storyline 9: Developing metals

Storyline 10: Colour by Design

 

Examinations: (all at end of Year 13):

Paper 1:          Fundamentals of chemistry (storylines 1-10)

Paper 2:          Scientific literacy in chemistry (storylines 1-10)

Paper 3:          Practical skills in chemistry (storylines 1-10)

Practical skills are no longer an externally examined assessment, however, the qualification will require a teacher-assessed component, Practical Endorsement in Chemistry, which will be assessed throughout the 2 year programme and reported separately. 

 

Useful website links.

Kerboodle - https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

Royal Society of Chemistry - http://www.rsc.org/

 

Useful books

OCR A Level Salters' Advanced Chemistry author University of York publisher Oxford

OCR A Level Salters' Advanced Chemistry Revision Guide authors Mark Gale and David Goodfellow publisher Oxford

 
A level Physics
 

Examination board - OCR – Physics

Couse overview;

 

Year 12

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in physics

1.1 Practical skills assessed in a written examination

1.2 Practical skills assessed in the practical endorsement

 

Module 2 – Foundations of physics

2.1 Physical quantities and units

2.2 Making Measurements and Analysing Data

2.3 Nature of Quantities

 

Module 3 – Forces and motion

3.1 Motion

3.2 Forces in Action

3.3 Work, Energy and Power

3.4 Materials

3.5 Momentum

 

Year 13

Module 4 – Electrons, Waves and Photons

4.1 Charge and Current

4.2 Energy, Power and Resistance

4.3 Electrical Circuits

4.4 Waves

4.5 Quantum Physics

 

Module 5 – Newtonian World and Astrophysics

5.1 Thermal Physics

5.2 Circular Motion

5.3 Oscillations

5.4 Gravitational Fields

5.5 Astrophysics and Cosmology

 

Module 6 – Particles and medical physics

6.1 Capacitors

6.2 Electric Fields

6.3 Electromagnetism

6.4 Nuclear and Particle Physics

6.5 Medical Imaging

 

There are three examinations:

Modelling physics - 100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes (written paper)

Exploring physics - 100 marks, 2 hours 15 minutes (written paper)

Unified physics - 70 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes (written paper)

 

Useful website links.

Kerboodle - https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

Institute of Physics - http://www.iop.org/

 

Useful books

A Level Physics A for OCR  authors Graham Bone and Gurinder Chadha publisher Oxford

OCR A Level Physics Revision Guide author Gurinder Chadha publisher Oxford 

 

  

BTEC National Applied Science (Level 3)

Examination board  Edexcel – BTEC National Applied Science

 

Breakdown of assessment

The course consists of 4 units:

Three mandatory units:

Unit 1: Principals and Applications of Science: External Exam

Unit 2: Practical and Scientific Procedures and Techniques: Internal Assessment

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills: Externally Assessed Practical Controlled Assessment

 

One optional unit:

Unit 12: Disease and Infection

 

Year 12

Unit 1: Principals and Applications of Science: External Exam

Unit 2: Practical and Scientific Procedures and Techniques: Internal Assessment

 

Year 13

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills: Externally Assessed Practical Controlled Assessment

Unit 12: Disease and Infection

 

There are two external examinations

Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I • Written examination 2 hours. 90 marks.

Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills: Externally Assessed Practical Controlled Assessment

 

Useful website links.

Pearson - https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/Applied-Science/2016

 

Useful books  

BTEC Level 3 Nationals Applied Science Student Book 2 authors Frances Annets and Joanne Hartley published by Pearson