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Science

Science is the observation of the world around us and the use of scientific knowledge to develop rules to explain our experiences. Science at Moulton also covers the 3 separate disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as learning the methods and processes of how to carry out effective investigative work.


At Moulton we pride ourselves on the practical and engaging opportunities the students receive, looking to stimulate student’s interest in science with a mix of practical investigations, experiments, demonstrations, and discussion work as well as teaching the knowledge and theory behind the experiences. The topics build on previous knowledge and so students are expected to recall information from earlier years and topics.


The Science block offers 8 well-resourced labs as well as a specialist Science lab within the sixth form block.

Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8 students receive 6 lessons per fortnight, usually with 1 or 2 teachers. Each topic lasts just under a half term and a test takes place at the end of each unit. The topics are studied on a rotation to enable access to specialised equipment. In addition, students learn how to carry out investigations and practical work safely.


The topics students learn about in year 7 are:

  • Ecosystems - Food chains and webs, plants and recycling
  • Genes - DNA, Evolution and reproduction
  • Organisms - Cells, Microscopes and organ systems
  • Earth - The structure of the earth, the rock cycle and the solar system
  • Matter - The particle model and separation methods
  • Reactions - Acids and alkalis, properties of metals and the reactivity series
  • Electromagnetism - Electrical circuits and electrostatics
  • Forces and Energy - Energy sources, speed and motion
  • Waves - Sound and Light

The topics students learn about in year 8 are:

  • 8A Life and living processes 2 – Our senses, nervous system, how we behave, natural selection and evolution 
  • 8B Energy 2 – sound, our ears and ultrasound, light, colours and our eyes
  • 8C Particles and materials 2 - the Periodic table and elements, compounds and mixtures, the reactions of metals and salts
  • 8D Interdependence 2 – pollution, biodiversity, disease and microbes
  • 8E Forces 2 - pressure, water and atmospheric pressure, moments, distance –time graphs and exploring space
  • 8F Geology – different types of rocks, weathering and erosion and the rock cycle.

 

Parental advice - Students are encouraged to ensure they learn the key knowledge required as they go through a topic and it is difficult to ensure progress without doing this. Revision guides are available from the Science Prep Room for £2.50. Encourage students to produce mind-maps or flash cards and help them to develop the skills to learn independently. 

GCSE

In years 9 and 10 students receive 9 lessons per fortnight, usually with 2 (in a 4 and 5 split) or 3 (in a 3,3,3 split) teachers. Each topic lasts about 15 to 20 lessons which usually takes 6 to 10 weeks. The topics are studied on a rotation to enable access to specialised equipment. In addition, students carry out set practical tasks which will be assessed in the final exam. Most students take the double science award, but two groups each year take Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects (triple science).

 

The topics students learn about in year 9 are:

  • B1 Cell-level systems – The structures of cells, DNA and the main cell processes; respiration and photosynthesis.
  • B2 Scaling up Plants – Osmosis and diffusion, cell growth, the circulatory system and transpiration. 
  • B3 Organism-level systems  –  The nervous and endocrine systems 
  • C1 Particles – Chemical and Physical changes, atomic structure and its development. 
  • C2 Elements, compounds and mixtures – Formula mass, separation methods, bonding and ions and the properties of metals and plastics. 
  • C3 Chemical reactions – Chemical equations, types of reaction, electrolysis 
  • P1 The particle model – The atomic model, density, heating substances and gas pressure
  • P2 Forces – Interpreting motion, forces and momentum, stretching materials
  • P3 Electricity and magnetism – Electrostatics, simple circuits and magnetic fields

The topics students learn about in year 10 are:

  • B4 Community-level systems – Ecosystems. 
  • B5 Genes, inheritance and selection  –  Inheritance, variation and evolution.
  • B6 Global challenges – sampling, biodiversity and genetic engineering, health and diseases
  • C4 Predicting and identifying reactions and products – group 1 metals, group 7 elements and the reactivity of elements
  • C5 Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions – rates of reactions, chemical equilibria
  • C6 Global Challenges – extraction of metals, alkanes and alkenes and polymerisation, the atmosphere.
  • P4 Waves and Radioactivity – waves and their properties, the EM spectrum and radioactivity.
  • P5 Energy – Energy transfers and efficiency
  • P6 Global challenges – car safety and mains electricity

Parental advice - Students need to apply the knowledge they learn to new situations. The main reasons for students struggling are related to not remembering key ideas or terms or failing to include enough detail in answers. Ensure your child learns the key facts as they go through topics and get them into the habit of producing revision resources such as mindmaps and flash cards as they go along. Try to test them on these so you can see how much they remember. To help you the school provides subject guides with key facts, common questions and checklists. Get your child to show you and ask them questions from it. More extensive revision guides are available to buy for £9 for combined or £5 each for the triple from the Science Prep Room. The students also have access to kerboodle and GCSE pod.