Science at All Hallows is taught to all pupils.
We have 5 full time members of staff and 3 part time members of staff who deliver the Science curriculum to all pupils at Key Stage 3 and Key stage 4.
- Mr A. Clitheroe – Head of Science (Biology / Chemistry)
- Miss G. Conlon – Second in Science (Biology / Chemistry)
- Mr M. Abberley – Science Teacher (Physics / Chemistry)
- Mrs E. Burns – Science Teacher (Physics / Chemistry)
- Mr D. Catterall – Science Teacher (Biology / Chemistry)
- Mr R Eyes – Science Teacher (Biology / Chemistry)
- Mrs C. Shanagher – Science Teacher (Biology / Chemistry)
- Mr C. Moran – Science Teacher (Physics / Chemistry)
- Mrs M. Simm – Lab Technician
The Science Department has 6 purpose built Laboratories, 5 of which contain interactive white boards and wireless internet connections for the use of computers. We have 32 tablet computers that are used to enhance learning within the department. We have several specialist software applications that are accessible by all pupils. The Science office is located in the Phase 2 building.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Key Stage 3 is taught over two and a half academic years at All Hallows and in Year 9 there are aspects of the GCSE curriculum to support preparation for the GCSE courses. In Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils follow the Exploring Science (Working Scientifically) scheme that has been designed for the new National Curriculum.
All pupils follow a structured curriculum at Key Stage 3 in three periods per week during Year 7 and Year 8. In Year 9 pupils have 4 periods of Science per week.
Year 7 Topics
- Cells, Tissues, Organs and Systems
- Sexual Reproduction in Animals
- Unicellular Organisms
- Genetics and Evolution
- Mixtures and Separations
- Acids and Alkalis
- The Particle Model
- Atoms, Elements and Molecules
- Periodic Table
- Current Electricity
Year 8 Topics
- Food and Nutrition
- Breathing and Respiration
- Muscles and Bones
- Making Materials
- Metals and their Uses
- Earth and Space
- Energy Transfers
Year 9 Topics – until Christmas
- Plants and their Reproduction
- Plant Growth
- Forces and Motion
- Force Fields and Electromagnets
Exploring Science textbooks and corresponding worksheets are provided in lessons, although additional sheets and texts are used where necessary.
Year 9 GCSE Curriculum
From Christmas of Year 9, pupils will follow the topics from the AQA GCSE Science specification.
- Cell Biology
- Health Issues and Non-Communicable Diseases
- Atomic Theory and Development of the Periodic Table
- Changes to the Earth’s Atmosphere
- Energy and Efficiency
- Energy changes in systems & Energy Transfers
- National and Global energy resources
- Standard circuit diagram symbols
- Electrical charge and current
- Current, resistance and potential difference
- Changes of state and the particle model – Density of Materials
- Pressure in fluid
Year 10 (2016) and Year 11 (2017)
Pupils in Year 10 will continue to follow topics from the Science GCSE Specification (first examined in summer 2018)
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.
Pupils will either follow the Trilogy route (Combined Science) or opt to study the three separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry & Physics.
1. Cell biology
3. Infection and response
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism
25. Space Physics (Separate Physics Only)
There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
- Combined Science papers are 1 hour 15 minutes for Foundation and Higher tier.
- 70 marks.
- Each paper is worth 16.7% of the GCSE.
- Separate Science papers are 1 hour 45 minutes for Foundation and higher
- 100 marks
- Each paper is worth 50% of the GCSE
Biology Paper 1
Biology topics 1–4: Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
Biology Paper 2
Biology topics 5–7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology.
Chemistry Paper 1
Chemistry topics 8–12: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
Chemistry Paper 2
Chemistry topics 13–17: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.
Physics paper 1
Physics topics 18–21: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
Physics Paper 2
Physics topics 22–24: Forces; Waves; and Magnetism and electromagnetism (25 Space Physics for Separate Physics)
Year 11 – 2016
Most pupils study two GCSE’s in Science from the AQA examination board www.sciencelab.org.uk which consist of:
- GCSE Science A – This consists of three 1 hour examinations and 1 internally assessed unit.
- GCSE Additional Science – This consists of three 1 hour examinations and 1 internally assessed unit.
Pupils will have the opportunity to choose (as an option) the triple science route. Pupils will then study for three GCSE’s:
- GCSE Biology – This consists of three 1 hour examinations and 1 internally assessed unit.
- GCSE Chemistry – This consists of three 1 hour examinations and 1 internally assessed unit.
- GCSE Physics – This consists of three 1 hour examinations and 1 internally assessed unit.
In some circumstances we may feel that it is better for the pupil to focus on completing one GCSE. They would then complete the GCSE Core Science.
There are tiered papers in Science. Higher level pupils will be able to access A* to G grades and foundation level pupils will be able to access the B to G grades. All coursework is individually produced and assessed throughout a centre assessed unit called an ISA (Individual Skills Assignment)
Experiments / Investigations
Science at KS3 and KS4 comprises of both practical and theoretical lessons. When a practical is carried out, emphasis is placed on the planning, analysing and evaluating aspects (Enquiry Based Learning), in order to prepare the pupils for “How Science Works” in GCSE examinations. In addition to this, investigations are carried out in each unit, to allow the pupils to develop their practical skills. The investigations are linked to real-life situations.
The GCSE Examination Board
The Science department has opted for the AQA Examination Board as the one which most suits All Hallows pupils. For further details their website is www.aqa.org.uk
Extra Curricular Activities and Visits
The department organises and runs several educational visits and clubs throughout the year and develops links with local college and universities.
Biology / Physics Challenges / Intellecta Quiz