Science

Welcome to Science at Lightcliffe Academy.

We are now fully staffed with 12 enthusiastic and highly capable Science teachers and are looking forward to working with all our students to ensure they progress and reach their potential.

Key Stage 3
KS4 - Combined Science Trilogy
KS4 - Single Subject

Course Overview:

Year 7:

  • Forces
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Cells and Organisms
  • Ecosystem Relationships

Year 8:

  • Motion
  • Magnets and Electromagnets
  • Atoms, Elements and Compounds
  • The Periodic Table
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Earth and the Atmosphere
  • Health
  • Photosynthesis
  • Genes and DNA

Internal Assessment:

Pupils will be assessed at the end of each topic with written assessments that they will complete in class. They will also be expected to complete activities on ‘Doddle’ which will track their understanding of key topics throughout the year.

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Course Title: GCSE Combined Science – Trilogy (AQA)

Grading: 9-9 to 1-1

Course Overview

GCSE Combined Science will cover a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics over the three years and students finish with 2 GCSEs at the end of the course:

Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

External Assessment

There are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics – each paper will be 1 hour 15 mins long. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be assessed using written assessments at the end of each topic using past exam paper questions and also intermediate assessments during the topic which will often be an extended literacy based task. The students will need to complete a series of ‘required practicals’ for the course which will be assessed in the final examinations.

Students will sit end of year exams in Years 9 and 10.  There will be formal mock examinations in Year 11.

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Course Title: GCSE Biology / Chemistry / Physics –  (AQA)

Grading: 9 – 1 (for each of the separate Science GCSEs)

Course Overview

This option will allow students to study each of the three Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) to a greater depth than in Combined Science. There will be a separate GCSE grade given for each subject and the topic areas are listed below:

Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Key Ideas

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics

External Assessment

There are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics – each paper will be 1 hour 45 mins long. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.

Internal Assessment

Pupils will be assessed using written assessments at the end of each topic using past exam paper questions and also intermediate assessments during the topic which will often be an extended literacy based task. The students will need to complete a series of ‘required practicals’ for the course which will be assessed in the final examinations.

Students will sit end of year exams in Years 9 and 10.  There will be formal mock examinations in Year 11.

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