Welcome to the Science Department
We aim to inspire the next generation of scientists through capturing the imagination and natural curiosity of our students. Our well-equipped labs are perfect for a multitude of experiments throughout Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We promote independent learning through the use of revision guides, brainscape revision cards and Revision Monkey YouTube videos. Results in the science department are consistently well above National average:
65% of students achieved two GCSE grade 5-5 or above (strong pass)
79% of students achieved two GCSEs grades 4-4 or above (standard pass)
67% achieved a Grade 7 or above
9 students achieved a Grade 9
78% achieved a Grade 7 or above
14 students achieved a Grade 9
80% achieved a Grade 7 or above
17 students achieve a Grade 9
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
The Key Stage 3 course is taught throughout Year 7 and Year 8. Students are taught a range of topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)
GCSE is taught from Year 9 through to Year 11. Year 9 students begin the year following a “GCSE READY” course which outlines the skills that students need to achieve their full potential at GCSE. Students will then be taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics following the AQA combined or separate science specification.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will science lessons be like for Year 7 students?
We provide a strong foundation for future learning, with key science topics covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught alongside lots of practical experiments, to both engage those who perhaps may not have enjoyed science at primary school, and also to develop key scientific skills that will push on our most able.
Do we get to blow things up?
Using fire safely is an important skill that we aim to teach in Year 7 right from the start. Over time, students get to see or take part in many of the classic experiments that we remember from our childhood, some of which could be described as ‘blowing things up’, but perhaps a little more safely than in previous decades.
Do we get to do animal dissections?
Biology can really be brought to life as a topic through the dissections of organs, such as the heart, the eye, and lungs, amongst other things. The strangest thing I have seen dissected here was either the bulls heart, which was huge, or the pigs head, in order to see the different sections of the brain. Don’t worry, no one will be expected to take part in a dissection if they don’t want to.
Why is science a core subject?
Being literate in science and having an ability to understand science in the media is becoming increasingly important. Science teaches us about the place we live in, from the microscopic world of bacteria and viruses to the macroscopic world of stars and galaxies, and everything in between. Learning science requires us to improve both our language and mathematical skills, while fostering curiosity and experimentation.
Can my child study science after Noadswood School if they take the Combined Science course?
Most of the students in the country take Combined Science. As such, colleges are really happy to accept students who have the necessary grades in either Combined Science or Separate Science.
Synopsis of Study
Year 7 – Science
In the first term of Science at Noadswood, students study two topics: Cells & reproduction and Particles & Energy. In the cells and reproduction topic, pupils build on Key Stage 2 learning by looking at the fundamental building blocks of animals and plants, and how these organisms reproduce. During the Particles and Energy topic, pupils extend their knowledge of particles, changes of state, energy stores and energy resources.
During the second term of Science at Noadswood, students study two topics: Earth & Space and Forces, Motion & Pressure. In the Earth and Space topic, pupils build on Key Stage 2 learning by looking at the structure of the Earth, rock formation, the Earth’s climate and its place in the solar system. During the Forces, Motion and Pressure topic, pupils extend their knowledge of forces and how these effect motion.
In the final term of year 7, students study 2 topics in Science: Chemical Reactions and Bioenergetics & Ecosystems. In the Chemical Reactions topic, pupils will be introduced to reactions such as neutralisation and thermal decomposition and will extend their knowledge of acids and alkalis. During the Bioenergetics and Ecosystems topic, pupils build on their knowledge of biological processes such as photosynthesis and respiration, and explore how animals interact within ecosystems.
Year 8 – Science
In the first term of Science in year 8, students study two topics: Elements, Compounds & Mixtures and the Human Body. In the Elements, Compounds and Mixtures topic, pupils look at the elements of the periodic table, and how these combine to form compounds and mixtures. During the Human body topic, pupils extend their knowledge of the organ systems which make up the human body and nutrition.
During the second term of Science in year 8, students study two topics: Metals & Materials and Sound & Light. In the Metals and Materials topic, pupils will investigate the reactions of metals and look at the structure of materials such as polymers. During the Sound and Light topic, pupils extend their knowledge of both sound and light, explaining properties such as reflection and how our bodies detect these.
In the final term of year 8, students study 2 topics in Science: Electricity & Magnetism and Inheritance and Health. In the Electricity and Magnetism topic, pupils will investigate how electricity behaves in series and parallel circuits and build on their understanding of magnetism. During the Inheritance and Health topic, pupils will look at how we inherit characteristics from our parents, and how our lifestyle choices can affect health.
Year 9 – Science
Year 9 Science begins with an introduction to the key skills students will need for GCSE Science. These include Science skills such as planning investigations and identifying variables, and maths skills crucial for analysing and understanding results. Pupils then study two GCSE units: B1 Cells, and P3 Particle model of Matter.
During the second term of Science of year 9, students study three GCSE topics C1, P1 and P2. C1 is a Chemistry topic covering atomic structure and the periodic table. P1 is a physics topic which extends the students understanding of energy. P2 is another physics topic providing more detailed understanding of electricity in circuits and in our homes.
In the final term of year 9, students study a further two GCSE topics B2 and C2. B2 is a Biology topic which extends pupils understanding of human and plant organ systems for example the heart and circulatory system. C2 is a Chemistry topic providing an in depth look at how atoms form chemical bonds with other atoms and how these bonds influence the properties of substances. Pupils will also be given an opportunity to recap and revise the material covered in previous terms.
Year 10 – Science
Year 10 Science begins with students studying 5 GCSE topics C3, C5, C6, P4 and P5. C3 is a Chemistry topic covering quantitative aspect of Science including calculating moles and the concentrations of solutions. C5 is a Chemistry topic looking at the energy changes in endothermic and exothermic reactions. C6 is a Chemistry topic in which pupils will investigate the factors that affect the rate of a reaction. P4 is a Physics topic during which pupils will explain why some atoms emit radiation and the affects this can have on health. P5 is a Physics topic extending pupils understanding of forces and how they affect motion.
During the second term of Science in year 10, students study three GCSE topics B3, B4, C4, C9 and C10. B3 is a Biology topic looking at pathogens and how our immune system is designed to fight these. B4 is a Biology topic in which pupils extend their knowledge of processes such as photosynthesis and respiration. C4 is a Chemistry topic building on the pupils’ previous knowledge of acids, alkalis and the reactivity of metals. C9 is a Chemistry topic in which pupils learn about the development of the Earth Atmosphere from prehistoric to present day and the affect greenhouse gases are having on the planet. C10 is a Chemistry topic looking at how we use the resources of the Earth such as water.
In the final term of year 10, students study a further two GCSE topics B7 and P7. B7 is a Biology topic which extends pupils understanding of ecology, biodiversity and the impact humans can have on animal and plant life. P7 is a Physics topic providing an in depth look at magnets and electromagnets. Pupils will also be given an opportunity to recap and revise the material covered in previous terms.
Year 11 – Science
In the first term of year 11, pupils will study 3 GCSE Science topics, B5, C8 and P6. B5 is a Biology topic covering how our bodies use hormones and the nervous system to maintain our internal conditions such as temperature, and to respond to our external environment. C8 is a Chemistry topic detailing methods scientist can use to analyse what is in a substance such as chromatography. P6 is a Physics topic building on students’ knowledge of different types of waves and the electromagnetic spectrum. Separate scientists will also study P8, a Physics topic extending pupils’ understanding of space.
During the second term of Science in year 11, pupils will complete the GCSE course by studying the topics B6 and C7. B6 is a Biology topic that provides an in depth look at genetics and inheritance. C7 is a Chemistry topic introducing organic chemistry for example hydrocarbons and how we use crude oil to produce useful products such as petrol. Pupils will also be given an opportunity to recap and revise the material covered in previous terms.
In the final term of year 11, pupils will be given an opportunity to recap and revise the material covered in previous terms. They will also be given opportunities to improve their exam technique and complete guided practice exams.