St Thomas More Catholic High School

Science

Studying science gives us a true sense of awe and wonder of the complexity of nature.  In today's society we need to give our pupils the skills and knowledge to look critically at the information they are exposed to in the media.  There are challenges like climate change and antibiotic resistance that pupils should understand in order to become active citizens.  Beyond this we want pupils to go onto to use their science skills to help change society for the better, preferably in the sciences but equally as informed adults in their chosen careers.

 

Brief outline of units covered in Year 7 & 8 
We are in an exciting time where we are adapting our Key Stage 3 curriculum. All year 7 start with an introductory course to working in laboratories and then they will learn about cells and organisms, chemicals and their reactions, forces and energy. Currently in Year 8 pupils move onto learning about key organ systems in our bodies, relationships between species, understanding the periodic table, heat and electromagnets.

 

Qualification being studied at Year 9-11 
Years 9, 10 and 11 are studying for the new AQA Trilogy (Combined) Science or Separate Sciences.

 Those doing Trilogy (Combined Science) will sit two 1 hour 15 minutes exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
 
Some pupils will be studying for separate sciences. They will be examined by two 1hour 45minutes exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
 
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
 
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
 
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463
 

 

 

Top revision tips 
Pupils that do well are those that don't give up. Go over your notes and read your revision guides.
 
Make notes from revision guides about the key words and explanations.
 
Staff are working to provide revision materials on Moodle and links to external sites. Use them.
  
 
Online revision resources (again top 3)
 
BBC Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/ChrisThorntonUK
 
https://www.youtube.com/user/DoodleScience

 

 
How to contact the department
You can contact the Curriculum Leader Mr Hardcastle by e-mail here.