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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 about 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:

7A Life and living processes – using Microscopes to look at cells, cells and living processes such as reproduction, digestion, blood circulation and respiration.

7B Energy – energy chains, renewable and non-renewable fuels, explaining electrical circuits and heat energy transfer

7C Particles and Materials – learning to be safe in the lab, combustion, chemical changes and separation techniques

7D Interdependence – classification, photosynthesis, food chains, variation and adaptation

7E Forces – forces, speed, friction, magnetism and the solar system

7F Drugs – a smaller unit, students learn about the types of drugs, including alcohol and smoking and the dangers of drugs.

 

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 Life from cells to organ systems – the main systems of the body, including our nervous system, respiration, digestion and circulation including the Heart.

  • B2 Plants – photosynthesis, decay, the transport of water and other substances, diffusion and osmosis

  • B3 Ecosystems – sampling, food webs, adaptations, impact of pollution and the water, carbon and nitrogen cycles

  • C1 The structure of atoms and the periodic table – atomic and electron structure, the history of the Periodic table, group 1 and 7 elements, ionic and covalent bonding

  • C2 Chemical changes – particle theory and rates of reaction, salts, acids and alkalis

  • C3 Earth and Atmosphere Science – the atmosphere, combustion, calorimetry and Nano-chemistry

  • P1 Forces and Energy – Forces, speed and acceleration, motion graphs, vectors, terminal velocity and stopping distances

  • P2 Electricity and Waves – behaviour of waves, electrical circuits, resistance and electrical power

  • P3 Matter – temperature, heat transfer, changing temperature and state, density, pressure and energy resources.

 

The topics students learn about in year 10 are:

  • B4 Health and disease – types of disease, medicine and vaccines, cardiovascular illness.

  • B5 Molecules of life – DNA, enzymes, respiration, hormones and homeostasis.

  • B6 Genes, inheritance and selection – genes, variation, evolution, natural selection and genetic modification

  • C4 Moles – chemical equations, moles and molecular mass, nanoparticles and titrations

  • C5 Separating and Purifying – alloys, filtration, chromatography, electrolysis and endo and exothermic reactions

  • C6 Global Challenges – extraction of metals, alkanes and alkenes and polymerisation.

  • P4 Forces and Energy 2 – forces and motion graphs, momentum and crashes, gravitational energy and stretching materials.

  • P5 Electricity and Waves 2 – circuits, static electricity, semi-conductors and sensing circuits, sounds and the EM spectrum

  • P6 Matter 2 – radioactivity and nuclear structure, magnetic fields and electromagnetism.

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 £TBC from the Science Prep Room. The students also have access to kerboodle and GCSE pod.