Science

2 Year GCSE Combined Science (year 10 and 11)

Science

Our exciting GCSE Combined Science program is a 2 year curriculum which follows the Exdexcel specification using the new 9-1 grading system. Science really matters and our program helps students to develop a natural curiosity for the world around them. Students will form an understanding of the nature of Science through the inquiry cycle. Students will learn how to evaluate and be critical of Science based claims.

Our approach gives students experience with a large selection of hands-on practical opportunities so they can perfect observational, enquiry, modelling and problem-solving skills whilst allowing them to develop their Scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of the three specific disciplines: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The Biology topics look at the natural world on a biomolecular level all the way to a systematic level where you study how organisms interact with one another in an ecosystem. The Chemistry topics cover matter, molecules and chemical reactions and the physics covers topics related to cause and effect, the laws of physics and the importance of proportionality to name a few. The program is assessed by way of written examinations, in each of the three disciplines at the end of the course.

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Strand 1

Year 10

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Topics B1 Key Biological Concepts B2 Cells and control
B3 Genetics
B3 Genetics cont.
B4 Natural Selection and G.E
P4 Waves
P5 Light and the electromagnetic spectrum (1 week)
P5 Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
P6 Radioactivity (3 weeks)
3b Radioactivity (2weeks)
B5 Health, disease and the development of medicines (tbc in Year 11)
Assessment Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
End of term assessment
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
End of term assessment
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Year 10 exams
Cultural and co-curricular links Business: Enzyme efficiency - production Real world/humanities/Law: Stem Cells Ethics/Real world: Genetic Engineering Music - Waves
Visual Arts - Light
Real world: Safety in power plants
Biology - Photosynthesis
Business and ethics: Pharmaceutical companies
Events RS biology week - planning
Biology Olympiad Introduction
RS biology week - #biobake competition British Science Week
Prepare activities
British Science Week
Fungal Foray
STEM Fair planning
Biology Olympiad Competiton
STEM Fair

Year 11

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Topics B5 Health, disease and the development of medicines
B6 Plant structures and their functions
B7 Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
B8 Exchange and transport in animals B9 Ecosystems and material cycles
P9 Electricity and circuits (2 weeks)
P12 Particle model
P13 Forces and matter (2 weeks)
P13 Forces and matter (2 weeks)
Exam revision
Revision and assessment
Assessment Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
End of term assessment
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Mock Exams
GCSE EXAMS
Cultural and co-curricular links PHE: Coordination/control PHE: Fitness and health Geography/History: Climate change
Real world: Appliances
Computing: Circuits
Mathematics: Calculations/Equations
Real word/design: Energy efficiency
Design: Ikea product testing
GCSE EXAMS
Events RS Biology Week - planning RS Biology Week - activities/competition British Science Week
Prepare activities
British Science Week
Deliver activities
GCSE EXAMS

Strand 2

Year 10

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Topics C1 States of matter
C2 Methods of separating and purifying substances
C3 Atomic structure
C4 The periodic table
C4 The periodic table
C5 Ionic bonding
C6 Covalent bonding
C7 Types of substance
C7 Types of substance
C9 Calculations involving masses
P1 Motion
P2 Forces and motion P2 Forces and motion
P3 Conservation of energy
P7 Energy forces doing work
P7 Energy forces doing work
C8 Acids
Revision and assessment
Assessment Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
End of term assessment
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
End of term assessment
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Year 10 exams
Cultural and co-curricular links Mathematics: Rf calculations
History: The periodic table
Context: Use of models
Geography: Natural materials
Real world: Salt mining in Cheshire
Real world: Desalination process
Mathematics: Calculations
Context: Who is Avogadro?
Context: What is an amount?
Geography/Business: Transport systems
Context: Who is Newton?
Real world: Driving
Business: Electrical efficiency
Mathematics: Calculations
Context: Forces in amusement parks
Real world/Visit: UK power stations
Mathematics: Calculations
Geography: Importance of neutralisation
Real world: Chemical industry
Events RSC Chemistry Week
Prepare activities
RSC Chemistry Week
Deliver activities
British Science Week
Prepare activities
British Science Week
Deliver activities
The Big Bang Fair
Prepare activities
The Big Bang Fair
Deliver activities

Year 11

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Topics C10 Electrolytic process
C11 Obtaining and using metals
C12 Reversible reactions and equilibria
C13 Groups in the periodic table
C14 Rates of reaction
C15 Heat energy changes in chemical reactions
C16 Fuels
C17 Earth and atmospheric science
C17 Earth and atmospheric science
P9 Electricity and circuits
P9 Electricity and circuits
P10 Magnetism and the motor effect
P11 Electromagnetic induction
P11 Electromagnetic induction
Revision and assessment
Revision and assessment
Assessment Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
End of term assessment
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
Core practicals
MCQ
Exam questions
End of term assessment
GCSE EXAMS
Cultural and co-curricular links Business: Products of reactions/electrolysis
Mathematics: Spotting trends/Data analysis
Context: International scientists (Le Chatelier)
Real world: Catalysts
Mathematics: Graphical analysis
Real world: Cooling/heating packs
Real world: Carbon monoxide safety
Geography/History: Climate change
Graphics: Drawing circuits
Real world: Appliances
Computing: Circuits
Mathematics: Calculations
Context: Where are magnets used?
Context: National grid
GCSE EXAMS
Events RSC Chemistry Week
Prepare activities
RSC Chemistry Week
Deliver activities
British Science Week
Prepare activities
British Science Week
Deliver activities
GCSE EXAMS