Science

Science HEad

Mrs Lord (BSc Genetics with Honours from the University of Liverpool) is the Curriculum Leader for Science. She is currently studying for a Masters in Educational Leadership at Edge Hill University.

Year 7

Due to current changes to the National Curriculum, the science department at Southlands have written a new KS3 themed curriculum aimed at engaging and stimulating students’ interest in science through practical investigations. Students will complete 6 modules throughout their Key Stage 3 experience (years 7-8), and each module is based around a famous scientist.

In year 7 students will study the following 6 modules:

  • Joule (energy, electricity and sound)
  • Galileo (space, forces and magnetism)
  • Hooke (cells and organisms, life processes and food chains, and webs)
  • Winston (healthy diet, human and plant reproduction)
  • Lavoisier (solids, liquids, gases, elements, mixture,compounds acids and alkalis)
  • Hutton (rocks, rock cycle, atmosphere and carbon cycle)

There are two modules focused on each of the scientific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will sit an exam at the end of each module and will complete a total of 6 formal assessments by the end of the year. They will also carry out numerous practical activities and investigations.

Year 8

Due to current changes to the National Curriculum, the science department at Southlands have written a new KS3 themed curriculum aimed at engaging and stimulating students’ interest in science through practical investigations. Students will complete 6 modules throughout their Key Stage 3 experience (years 7-8), and each module is based around a famous scientist.

In year 8 students will study the following 6 modules:

  • Grey (skeleton, digestive system, drugs and health)
  • Preistley (Gas Exchange, diffusion, cellular respiration and photosynthesis)
  • Davy (chemical reactions, materials, energetics)
  • Mendeleev (periodic table, elements, mixtures and compounds)
  • Lorentz (magnetic fields, magnetic effect of a current, electromagnets and D.C. motors)
  • Watt (Energy changes and transfers and static electricity )
  • Maxwell (Waves, Energy and waves, Light waves)

There are two modules focused on each of the scientific disciplines Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will sit an exam at the end of each module and will complete a total of 6 formal assessments by the end of the year. They will carry out numerous practical activities and investigations also.

Year 9

In Year 9 our students begin their GCSE.

Topics include:

AQA B1 Cells

B2 Organisation

C1 Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

C2 Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter

P5 Forces

Year 10

All year 10 students will have at least four one hour lessons a week. Triple Award students will have five. Students will be in the middle year of one of the following two courses:

Triple Award Science

A course best suited to the most able students who may wish to study A-Level Science. The course is delivered at a faster pace, and a deeper understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics is covered. The course consists of 75% terminal exam and 25% controlled assessment for each Science. Three separate GCSE’s will be awarded for this course. Modules studied in year 11 include:

  • B2 Cells, Organs and Population, Enzymes and Genetics.
  • C2 Bonding and Calculations, Reaction Rates, Salts and Electrolysis.
  • P2 Motion, Energy and Electricity, Electricity and the Atom.

Double Award Science

A course suited to students who may wish to study A-Level science in the future. The course is delivered as 3 Core Science modules and 3 Additional Science modules. Students will have completed some of the Core modules in year 9, and will be now work through the remaining Core modules with the aim of starting the Additional Science modules before summer. Students will also be expected to complete a controlled assessment during this year which is worth 25% of the Core Science course.

Modules studied include:

  • C1 Products from rocks and Oils Earth and Atmosphere
  • P1 Energy and Electricity and Waves
  • B2 Cells, Organs and Population, Enzymes and Genetics.

Year 11

All year 11 students will have at least four one hour lessons a week. Triple Award students will have five. Students will be in the final year of one of the following two courses:

Triple Award Science

A course best suited to the most able students who may wish to study A-Level Science. The course is delivered at a faster pace, and a deeper understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics is covered. The course consists of 75% terminal exam and 25% controlled assessment for each Science. Three separate GCSE’s will be awarded for this course. Students will complete 9 terminal exams for all topics covered during years 9-11 during the exam season for this academic year (May – July).

Modules studied in year 11 include:

  • B7 Further Biology
  • C7 Further Chemistry
  • P7 Further Physics

Three full scientific investigations will be completed for controlled assessment, one for each discipline.

Double Award Science

A course suited to students who may wish to study A-Level science in the future. The course is delivered as 3 Core Science modules and 3 Additional Science modules. Students will have completed all of the Core modules in year 9 and 10, and will be now working through the remaining Additional Science modules. Students will also be expected to complete a controlled assessment during this year which is worth 25% of the Additional Science course. Students will complete 6 terminal exams for all topics covered during years 9-11 during the exam season for this academic year (May – July).

Modules studied include:

  • B5 Growth and Development
  • C5 Chemicals in Our Natural Environment
  • P5 Electrical Circuits
  • B6 Brain and Mind
  • C6 Chemical Synthesis
  • P6 Radioactive Materials

The controlled assessment takes the format of a full scientific investigation.