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GCSE Combined Science (2 GCSEs)

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Combined Science for students who have chosen this GCSE Science option, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Grove if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

Which exam board will students be examined by?

AQA

How are groups organised?

The classes are organised into ability-based sets (4 sets in one half of the year group, 5 in the other half)

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Successful students are able to commit to learning and constantly revisiting factual content that they are then eager to apply to new situations. Students should enjoy working practically but should also be enthusiastic towards their learning about the world around them.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Scientific thinking
  • Experimental skills and strategies
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units and symbols

What will students learn at this level?

Year 10

Biology:

  • Chapter 3 – Circulatory system (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 2 – Plants and transport systems (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 3 – Digestive system (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 8 – Ecology in action (Spring Term)
  • END OF YEAR ASSESSMENT SOMEWHERE ABOUT HERE
  • Required practical; Chapter 1 Microscopy (Summer Term)
  • Required practical: Chapter 3 Osmosis (Summer Term)

Chemistry:

  • Chapter 2 – Structure, bonding and the properties of matter (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 4 – Chemical changes (4.12-4.16 electrolysis) including required practical within the (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 7 – Hydrocarbons (Spring Term)
  • Chapter 9 – The atmosphere (introduction to the topic) (Early Summer Term)
  • END OF YEAR ASSESSMENT SOMEWHERE ABOUT HERE
  • Chapter 9 – The atmosphere (including the environmental project) Mid – (Late Summer Term)
  • Start Chapter 6 – The rate and extent of chemical change (if time at the end of the year)

Physics:

  • Chapter 6  – Waves (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 1   - Energy changes (including required SHC practical) (Spring Term)
  • Chapter 2 –  2.7-2.11 Mains Electricity (Summer Term)
  • END OF YEAR ASSESSMENT
  • Start Chapter 4 – Atomic structure (if time at the end of the year)

Year 11

Biology:

  • Chapter 2 – Photosynthesis (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 1 – Respiration (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 5 – Co-ordination and control (Autumn Term)
  • YEAR 11 MOCK EXAM – FULL PAPER 1
  • Chapter 6 – Genetics (Spring Term)
  • Chapter 7 – Variation and evolution (Spring Term)
  • FULL PAPER 2 (INTERNAL ‘MOCK’)
  • Review and recap

Chemistry:

  • Chapter 6 – The rate and extent of chemical change (September - October)
  • Chapter 5 - Energy changes October - (November)
  • Chapter 3 – Chemical Quantities and calculations (November - December)
  • YEAR 11 MOCK EXAM – FULL PAPER 1
  • Chapter 8 – Chemical Analysis (January - February)
  • Chapter 10 – Sustainable development (February - April)
  • FULL PAPER 2 (INTERNAL ‘MOCK’)
  • Review and recap April - leaving

 Physics:

  • Chapter 4 – Atomic structure (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 4 – Radioactivity (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 2 – Electricity (including both required practical’s on circuits) (Autumn Term)
  • YEAR 11 MOCK EXAM – FULL PAPER 1 (January)
  • Chapter 2– Static electricity (separates only) (Spring Term)
  • Chapter 7 – Electromagnetism 7.1-7.5 (Spring Term)
  • FULL PAPER 2 (INTERNAL ‘MOCK’) (March)
  • Review and recap

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skills
  • Working safely
  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Team work
  • Working independently

How will students learn at this level?

In a variety of ways: reading ahead / research / self-discovery, class discussion, teacher explanation, educational videos, teacher demonstration, class practical, self-evaluation and target setting.

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Student will have two exams in each science.

Each exam is 1 hour 15 minutes in duration.

Questions will be a mixture of multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

When do key assessments take place?

External exams take place in the summer of Year 11.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Support your child to bring the correct equipment to lessons, including a scientific calculator.
  • Ensure your child has access to the appropriate revision guides.
  • Test your child’s knowledge of key facts. Engage them in conversation about what they have learnt and how it relates to the real world.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment, especially a scientific calculator.

Students also need to bring their textbook to lessons (these are provided by the school).

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Very high mathematical content – see specification for exact skills required.
  • High levels of literacy are required to read, understand and answer questions.
  • Environmental issues relate to work covered in geography.

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/steps-to-success-in-science

https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/app/login?

https://www.senecalearning.com/

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/z8r997h

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

Helping out in Science club.

Invitation to Physics and Chemistry Olympiad lunch time sessions.

Many opportunities during Science week in March.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

The skills you will develop studying Science can be transferred to any career but the following careers are strongly linked to Science:

Medical professions, engineering, forensics, research science, sports science, sports psychology etc

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • Teach with in context with examples of how content fits to everyday life.
  • Foundation and Higher Tiers sat
  • All required – practical’s carried out across BCP.  Implicit practical skills taught.  Practical work is a regular component of lessons.

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  • Designing own practical’s.
  • Students encouraged to pick out patterns in data and analyse and evaluate practical methods.
  • Regular exam question practice and feedback, especially higher level skills.  Students encouraged to produce revision materials for ongoing use.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

Exam prep session

Use of assessed tasks and DIRT and extensive task.