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Northampton School for Boys

Northampton School for Boys

Science

Team Leader - Mr D. Hodgson

The Science facilities at Northampton School for Boys are housed in a purpose built block, opened by the Queen Mother in 1956. The facilities have been extensively extended and remodelled over the years. All 11 Science laboratories have been completely refurbished to our own designs since 2013 giving pupils a fantastic environment to work in. In addition, we are fully supported by two Prep Rooms and four Laboratory Technicians. 

During Years 7 to 9 students follow the Key Stage 3 Oxford University Press "Activate” course and in May of Year 9 they begin their science GCSEs.

All students study Science at GCSE with the highest performing students in Year 9 being given the opportunity to do Triple Science. Those doing Triple Science finish year 11 with GCSEs in Physics, Chemistry and Biology whilst those following the AQA Trilogy Science route achieve the equivalent of two GCSEs.

The AQA course that we use is taught in modules which last for about a month. These modules are designed to illustrate how science affects us in our everyday lives and then look at the science behind these observations. Skills in Biology, Chemistry and Physics develop as pupil’s progress through the course, returning to given scientific principles a number of times and building on previous understanding. There is good continuity from Key Stage 3 to GCSE with both courses being backed by Oxford University Press and their on line Kerboodle Resource where students can access all of the necessary resources.

In the Sixth Form Physics, Chemistry and Biology A Levels are taught. 
The Physics students follow the Salters Horners course examined by EDEXCEL.

The Chemistry students follow the Salters course examined by OCR.

The Biology students follow the OCR course.

Key Stage 3 Science

Science is a core subject requiring four lessons per week in Year 7 and 8 and 5 lessons in Year 9. We use Oxford University Press resources. This course is written to the new KS3 syllabus and should better prepare students for the rigour of the Science GCSE.

Pupils have on-line access to the Activate Textbooks used in school along with many other electronic resources which are hosted on the Kerboodle platform accessible from home. Login details will be provided when pupils begin the course. The Activate textbook aims to develop key skills such as numeracy and literacy as well as developing pupil’s ability to work scientifically. The ‘fantastic facts’ add to the interest and are a good stimulus for questions both at home and in school.

The course covers the four main areas of science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences. The course is split up into topics with either a task or a test upon completion. Where there is a test this will form the basis of the termly report.

There is a significant element of practical work using Bunsen burners and other potentially dangerous equipment which means that safe and sensible behaviour is expected at all times. Some practical sessions are extended as investigations.

To check learning and understanding, supporting sites for each unit can be accessed through the internet e.g. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/KS3. The Activate textbook contains a useful summary for each section and end of chapter questions.

Year 7

Biology 1

Cells, Structure and function of body systems, Reproduction

In B1 you will discover what plants and animals are made of. You will also meet some tiny organisms that can only be seen under a microscope. You will explore how different structures work together to keep an organism alive. Finally, you will discover how new plants and animals arise through the process of reproduction.

Chemistry 1

Particles and their behaviour, Elements, atoms and compounds, Reactions, Acids and Alkalis

What is stuff made of? Everything is made up of chemicals- the food you eat, the plastic in your phone….and you!

In C1 you will learn about the atoms that make up everything on the Earth and beyond. You will explore how chemical reactions make vital materials and transfer energy for almost everything we do.

Physics 1

Forces, Sound and Light, Space

The first astronaut to walk on the mon, Neil Armstrong, looked back and saw the Earth as no-one else had ever seen it before.

In P1 you will learn about how you see and how light and sound waves behave. You will learn about the place of the Earth in the Universe. You will also learn about the forces that keep you from falling through the floor and allow astronauts to stand on the moon.

Year 8

Biology 2

Health and Lifestyle, Ecosystems and Processes, Adaptation and Inheritance

In B2 you will compare the effects of healthy and unhealthy lifestyles on your body. You will look at why organisms need energy to function effectively. Finally you will investigate the differences that exist between organisms and why this is important for survival.

Chemistry 2

The Periodic Table, Separation Techniques, Metals and acids, The Earth

In this unit you will learn about the structure of the Earth and the rocks that make up the crust. You will discover how we separate mixtures and use chemical reactions, to obtain the materials we need from the Earth and its atmosphere.

You will also explore patterns in chemical reactions. You will identify patterns in the properties of elements and learn how to use the Periodic Table to predict properties.

Physics 2

Electricity and Magnetism, Energy, Motion and Pressure

In this unit you will discover how electric circuits work and how electricity is generated. You will learn why it is important to insulate a house and what you pay for when you pay your electricity bill. You will also find out how graphs can be used to tell a story and how forces explain gas and pressure. 

Year 9

Biology 1

New Technology e.g. cloning, Turning points in Biology e.g. vaccines and antibiotics, Detection e.g. fingerprinting and pathology

In this unit you will look at genetics. This includes genetically inherited disorders and how plant and animal genes can be changed to alter an organisms characteristics. You will also discover how you can protect yourself from disease through immunisation and treat conditions using antibiotics. Finally you will find out how forensic scientists solve crimes.

Chemistry 1

New Technology e.g. nanoparticles, Turning points in Biology e.g. discovering the periodic table, Detection e.g. blood in alcohol

In this unit you will learn about nanoparticles. The se can make exciting new materials, with properties that can be used to strengthen sports equipment, protect electronic devices and treat disease. You will also discover how chemistry can be used to help solve crimes.

Physics 1

New Technology e.g. mobile phones, Turning points in Biology e.g. mission to the moon, Detection e.g. detecting particles

In this unit you will learn about how technology, from mobile phones to hospitals, has changed the way we live our lives. You will learn about how ideas of the universe have changes and how electromagnetism and radioactivity were discovered. You will also learn how scientists look for new particles and aliens!

Key Stage 4 - GCSE

Double Award Subject content - Specification

Pupils who do not express a preference for Triple Science are automatically entered for Science and achieve the equivalent of two GCSE’s.  

Biology

In Year 10 you study: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics. In year 11 you will study: Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution & Ecology.

Chemistry

In Year 10 you study: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry. In year 11 you will study: Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere.

Physics

In Year 10 you study:  Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves. In Year 11 you will study: Magnetism and electromagnetism.

Double Award Assessment

Assessment by means of 6 exam papers: paper 1 and paper 2 for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Paper 1:
What's assessed Topics 1 – 4:
How it's assessed?
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier • 70 marks • 16.7 % of GCSE
Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Paper 2:
What's assessed Biology topics 5 – 7
How it's assessed?
Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
Foundation and Higher Tier • 70 marks • 16.7 % of GCSE
Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.

Further information can be found on the specification which can be downloaded from: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Triple Award Science

This preference means students achieve three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Pupils study the three Science subjects separately with different teachers and cover further more challenging work in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. There is no coursework or controlled conditions assessment but pupils will need to complete a number of core practicals.

As with Science, successful completion of the course provides an excellent base for continuing with one or more of the separate Sciences at Advanced Level.

To be considered for Triple Science pupils will need to have demonstrated capability - through the end of Year 9 exam and/or in the termly tests during Year 9.

Physics

Subject content - Specification

In Year 10 you will study: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure and Forces.

In Year 11 you will study: Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism and Space physics.

Physics Assessment
Paper 1:
What’s assessed Topics 1 – 4: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.

How it’s assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50 % of GCSE Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response. 

Paper 2:
What’s assessed Topics 5 – 8: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics. Questions in Paper 2 may draw on an understanding of energy changes and transfers due to heating, mechanical and electrical work and the concept of energy conservation from Energy and Electricity. 

How it’s assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50 % of GCSE Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
Further information can be found on the specification which can be downloaded from:  http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Chemistry

Subject content - Specification 

In Year 10 you will study: Atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes.

In Year 11 you will study: Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, chemical analysis & Chemistry of the atmosphere.

Paper 1:
What's assessed Topics 1 – 5: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.

How it's assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50 % of GCSE Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

Paper 2:
What's assessed Topics 6 – 10: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources.

How it's assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50 % of GCSE Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
Further information can be found on the specification which can be downloaded from: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

Biology

Subject content - Specification

In Year 10 you will study: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response and Bioenergetics.

In Year 11 you will study: Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution & Ecology.

Paper 1:
What’s assessed Topics 1 – 4: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.

How it’s assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50 % of GCSE Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response. 

Paper 2:
What’s assessed Topics 5 – 7: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology. 

How it’s assessed • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • Foundation and Higher Tier • 100 marks • 50 % of GCSE Questions Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.
Further information can be found on the specification which can be downloaded from: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Sixth Form - A Level

Chemistry

Specification

In Year 12 you will study 5 modules; Elements of Life, Developing Fuels, Elements from the sea, The ozone story and What’s in a medicine?  In year 13 you study The chemical industry, Polymers and life, Oceans, Developing metals and Colour by design.

Biology

Specification

During Year 12 you will study: Development of practical skills, Foundations in Biology, Exchange and transport, Biodiversity, evolution and disease.

During Year 13 you will study: Communications, homeostasis and energy, Genetics, evolution, and ecosystems.

Physics

Specification

In Year 12 you will cover two Units which include the topics: Waves, Electricity, Force and Motion, Properties of solids and Quantum effects.

In Year 13 you will study another two units which include the topics: Electromagnetism, Communications, Particle Physics and Space.

Across both Y12 and Y13 you will carry out a wide range of practical activities to develop you investigative skills including planning, graph drawing and analysing results.

Science Team

Mr D. Hodgson
Mr P. Loughney
Mr M. McKie
Ms N. Hennah
Ms R. Unitt
Mr P. Riches
Mr J. Parsons
Ms A. Steele
Ms P. Leech
Mr T. Winfield
Mr N. Collins
Ms S. Graham
Mr C. Blanch
Mrs R. Daniels - Senior Technician
Mr R. Taylor
Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5RT
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