Science

We are proud to be able to offer high quality teaching and learning in all areas of Science. We cover the specialist subjects of biology, chemistry and physics as well as an alternative route called Trilogy which consists of all the three sciences combined.

Aims:

Our aims as a Science Department are to ensure that all students:

  • Enjoy science and appreciate the opportunities it can offer;
  • Experience engaging and inspiring science lessons;
  • Develop high quality scientific literacy;
  • Have the best quality learning experience in order to exceed expectations.

Key Members of Staff

Mr J Forrest (JAF) – Head of Department – teacher of chemistry/science – jforrest@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

Mr E Deakin (ED) – KS4 coordinator for science – teacher of biology/science – edeakin@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

Mrs F Wienand (FW) – KS3 coordinator for science – teacher of chemistry/science – fwienand@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

Mr A Gittner (AG) – Deputy head – teacher of chemistry/science – agittner@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

Ms C Smith (CLS) – teacher of biology/science – clsmith@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

Mrs L MacDougall (LM) – teacher of physics/science – lmacdougall@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

Mr L Parmee (LP) – teacher of physics/science – lparmee@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

Ms R Atkin (RA) – senior science technician – ratkin@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

 

  • Cells
  • Ecosystems
  • Reproduction
  • Atoms
  • Particles
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Forces

Assessments are made up of short recall tests half way through topics and written examinations at the end of every two topics taught.

End of year testing also takes place to assess progress over the whole year.

  • Nutrition, health and digestion
  • Cellular respiration and gas exchange
  • Muscular and skeletal systems
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Atoms and Periodic Table
  • Chemical reactions
  • Energy in Reactions
  • Space
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Waves

Assessments are made up of short recall tests half way through topics and written examinations at the end of every two topics taught.

End of year testing also takes place to assess progress over the whole year.

  • Ecology
  • Plants
  • Drugs and Nervous system
  • Disease
  • Inheritance
  • Acid Reactions
  • Reactivity series
  • Pollution
  • Energy and fuels
  • Periodic table and atomic structure
  • Energy
  • Circuits
  • Forces
  • Motion
  • Light

Assessments are made up of short recall tests half way through topics and written examinations at the end of every two topics taught. End of year testing also takes place to assess progress over the whole year.

Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics (triple science only)

Assessments are made up of short recall tests half way through topics and written examinations at the end of every two topics taught.

End of year testing also takes place to assess progress over the whole year.

Real GCSE examination are sat at the end of year 11 (Summer).

Double students sit 2 exams per subject – B1, B2, C1, C2, P1, P2 – 6 exams in total.

Each exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Triple science students sit 2 exams per subject – B1, B2, C1, C2, P1, P2 – 6 exams in total. Each exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes (longer than double exams to assess the extra content).

Double science students sit their controlled assessment from 18 to 31 January.

In both the double and triple exams there are questions focussing on ‘required practicals’. These are experiments that students must

Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics (triple science only)

Assessments are made up of short recall tests half way through topics and written examinations at the end of every two topics taught.

End of year testing also takes place to assess progress over the whole year.

Real GCSE examination are sat at the end of year 11 (Summer).

Double students sit 2 exams per subject – B1, B2, C1, C2, P1, P2 – 6 exams in total.

Each exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Triple science students sit 2 exams per subject – B1, B2, C1, C2, P1, P2 – 6 exams in total. Each exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes (longer than double exams to assess the extra content).

Double science students sit their controlled assessment from 18 to 31 January.

In both the double and triple exams there are questions focussing on ‘required practicals’. These are experiments that students must conduct in their normal lessons and remember the details for their exams.

GCSE Science Options

It is very important that students choose the correct GCSE course that suits their own learning style and ability. Please do not hesitate to contact the science department for advice as we will recommend a course for every student.

Further information is available from Mr J. Forrest, Subject Leader, Science, jforrest@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

Course Information:
Over six lessons each week students study the three separate Science GCSEs; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students must take all three subjects. This is a demanding course for students who have a real interest and motivation towards studying science. It is best suited for students with high target grades. There is a significant volume of content covered over the two years of study which requires students to keep up to date with their classwork and three homeworks per week.  This requires that only students with exceptional attendance apply for this course as well as outstanding effort and behaviour from previous reports. We would also expect good attainment in KS3 Science, English and Mathematics in order to access the higher demand exams.

What we study in this subject:

The course covers subjects such as:- genetics, disease, bioengineering, atoms, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, forces and energy, magnetism, waves, plus all the scientific knowledge and skills needed to study science to a further level at college or university.  Physics and chemistry in particular also requires a degree of mathematical ability.

Assessment Format:

There are six external examinations each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes.  All external exams will be sat at the end of year 11 (terminal examination).  There is no controlled assessments or coursework. The external exams will have some questions concerning experiments that students will complete in lesson time over the two years studying this course.

Possible Careers and Further Information:

This course is seen to be the best preparation for A-levels in Science and is aimed at students who will achieve the higher grades at GCSE. Students thinking of careers in science, medicine, veterinary services etc will benefit from choosing this route.  Please remember that science qualifications are ideal for a wide variety of careers.  Careers in law, the financial world, business and engineering can all be entered with science qualifications.

Further information is available from Mr J. Forrest, Subject Leader, Science, jforrest@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

Course Information:

Students on this course will study 2 general science GCSEs.  They will study aspects of each of the three sciences biology, chemistry and physics that contribute to two GCSE grades. This course is most commonly chosen and provides students with a broad understanding of science and the requirements to study science at a higher level.

What we study in this subject:

This course covers areas such as:- genetics, disease, bioengineering, atoms, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, forces and energy, magnetism, waves, plus all the scientific knowledge and skills needed to study science to a further level at college or university.  Physics and chemistry in particular also requires a degree of mathematical ability. Students will also study how science works, how real scientists carry out science and how they communicate their ideas.

Students will be working in sets according to their progress in science in year 9 and their expected GCSE grade.  Students must work safely in labs and follow all safety rules provided. Lesson time will be a mixture of practical work, theory and then activities to assess student understanding. It is import to note that double award students will still study all three sciences (chemistry, physics and biology). It is a common misconception that in double award you choose only two sciences to study and not the third.

Assessment Format:

There are six external examinations each lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. All external exams will be sat at the end of year 11 (terminal examination). There is no controlled assessments or coursework. The external exams will have some questions concerning experiments that students will complete in lesson time over the two years studying this course.

Possible Careers and Further Information:

This route allows students to apply for A-level courses including all the sciences as well as other vocational qualifications.  Science GCSE is recognised as an important qualification by employers, colleges and universities.  It is also a requirement for some professions (e.g. teaching).  Science qualifications are ideal for a wide variety of careers e.g. law, the financial world, business and engineering can all be entered with Science qualifications.

Further information is available from Mr J. Forrest, Subject Leader, Science, jforrest@stocksbridgehigh.sheffield.sch.uk

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