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.
Year 7
Year 8
GCSE Combined Science
Core and Additional Science
Triple Science
What will my child learn about in Science this year? The Y7 Science course will begin with a series of lessons introducing Science and Lab Safety before moving onto Biology topics until Christmas. These will include Cells, Reproduction and Body Systems. What type of homework will be set? The first homework for the year is a Lab Safety Poster Competition and then a variety of homework will be set by your child’s teacher after this. Some may be learning and revision tasks and others may involve building models or completing questions on topics covered in class. How will my child be assessed in this year (including key dates & assessments)? As well as ongoing assessment during each lesson, the students will be more formally assessed through end on topic tests approximately three times per term. They will be informed before each one takes place and support given with revision where needed. The first Progress Tracking Point of the year for Y7 is 16th-26th November.
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What will my child learn about in Science this year? The first area of Science studied by Y8 this year will be Chemistry, and include the following units, amongst others: Periodic Table Explain how elements are classified as metals and non-metals, Identify patterns in the periodic table, compare reactivity in different groups and rows, use patterns to predict properties of elements, describe displacement reactions, Group 1, 7 and 0 elements. Separating Techniques Describe particle arrangements in a liquid, describe solution using keywords, use particle model to explain dissolving, explain the meaning of saturated and solubility, explain how filtration works, explain how distillation works What type of homework will be set? Homework tasks will be provided by subject staff on a regular basis according to student and class requirements usually once a week. Some may be learning and revision tasks and others may involve building models or completing questions on topics covered in class. How will my child be assessed this year (including key dates & assessments)? As well as ongoing assessment during each lesson, the students will be more formally assessed through end on topic tests approximately three times per term. They will be informed before each one takes place and support given with revision where needed. The first Progress Tracking Point of the year for Y8 is 30th November – 10th December.
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What will I learn? Biology will allow students to learn about living things in the world around them and looks at topics such as health, environment and ecology, life processes in plants and animals as well as the way organisms coexist in their habitats. Chemistry is the study of materials and their properties, chemical reactions on industrial scales and back in the lab and also the structure of our Earth and atmosphere. Physics looks into the fundamental interactions that take place in the Universe, both in the very large scale out in space and very small scale with the building blocks of matter. It studies energy, forces, electricity and waves. How will I be assessed? The course is split up into Biology, Physics and Chemistry Units which will be assessed by separate exam papers at the end of Year 11. The course is changing slightly from previous years and although the controlled assessment aspect is likely to be removed, there will still be a requirement to complete a set list of practical tasks during the course which can be assessed in the final exam. What could I move onto? A-levels in Sciences or Applied Science or a huge range of careers or training in areas of health, engineering, pharmaceuticals, computing or the environment.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Combined Science
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What will I learn? Biology will allow students to learn about living things in the world around them and looks at topics such as health, environment and ecology, life processes in plants and animals as well as the way organisms coexist in their habitats. Chemistry is the study of materials and their properties, chemical reactions on industrial scales and back in the lab and also the structure of our Earth and atmosphere. Physics looks into the fundamental interactions that take place in the Universe, both in the very large scale out in space and very small scale with the building blocks of matter. It studies energy, forces, electricity and waves. How will I be assessed? The course is split up into two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics units which are each assessed with a one hour written exam paper at the end of year 11. There is also a piece of controlled assessment for each GCSE which will be completed in class time during Y10 or Y11. What could I move onto? A-levels in Sciences or Applied Science or a huge range of careers or training in areas of health, engineering, pharmaceuticals, computing or the environment.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Science & GCSE Additional Science
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What will I learn? Biology will allow students to learn about living things in the world around them and looks at topics such as health, environment and ecology, life processes in plants and animals as well as the way organisms coexist in their habitats. Chemistry is the study of materials and their properties, chemical reactions on industrial scales and back in the lab and also the structure of our Earth and atmosphere. Physics looks into the fundamental interactions that take place in the Universe, both in the very large scale out in space and very small scale with the building blocks of matter. It studies energy, forces, electricity and waves. How will I be assessed? The course is split up into three Biology, three Chemistry and three Physics units which are each assessed with a one hour written exam paper at the end of year 11. There is also a piece of controlled assessment for each GCSE which will be completed in class time during Y10 or Y11. What could I move onto? GCSE Triple Science provides an excellent foundation to move onto A-levels in Sciences or Applied Science or a huge range of careers or training in areas of health, engineering, pharmaceuticals, computing or the environment.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics
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Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House, Abbey Grange Church of England Academy, Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA Tel: 0113 257877 enquiries@abbeytrust.org
Lightcliffe Academy, Stoney Lane, Lightcliffe, Halifax, HX3 8TL Tel: 01422 201028 Fax: 01422 204615 contactus@lightcliffeacademy.co.uk
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