SCIENCE
Science at Richmond Park Academy is taught with the aim of equipping students with the skills required to access the science within their everyday lives and develop curiosity in the world around them.

Science is taught in laboratories with an emphasis on developing enquiring minds and with a large amount of practical work to support and enhance the scientific knowledge learnt.

Teachers

Ms E Swift - Director of Science
Mr K Bowker
Mr D Chan
Mr S Jegede - Key Stage 3 Lead
Dr J Johnston
Ms R Russell
Mr R Small
Mr C Trace
Ms N Sivaloganathan

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students have 10 science lessons over a two-week cycle. The students cover the three main areas of science - biology, chemistry and physics - through a number of different units of work. Year 7 and 8 will sit end of unit tests half term and will also be assessed in science skills through the 'Big Writes'; these are written assessments where students either plan and execute their own scientific experiments or describe scientific principles through extended writing.

Year 7

Units covered:

  • Particles
  • Cells
  • Forces
  • Variation
  • Elements
  • Electricity
  • Space
  • Reproduction
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Body Systems
  • Reactions
Year 8

Units covered:

  • Separation techniques
  • Ecology
  • Motion
  • The Earth
  • Health
  • Sound
  • Metals and acid
  • Electromagnets
  • Light
  • Variation
  • Periodic Table
  • Energy
Year 9

Year 9 are starting the new specification combined GCSE, within the AQA trilogy curriculum. They will be assessed internally through a combination of past exam questions and extended writing tasks. All material covered in Year 9 will be part of their Year 11 GCSE exams.

Topics Covered

Chemistry Paper 1

  • C1 - Atomic structure
  • C2 - The Periodic Table
  • C3 - Structure and bonding
  • C4 - Chemical calculations
  • C5 - Chemical changes
  • C6 - Electrolysis
  • C7 - Energy changes

Biology Paper 1

  • B1 - Cell structure and transport
  • B2 - Cell division
  • B3 - Organisation and the digestive system
  • B5 - Communicable diseases
  • B7 - Non-communicable diseases
  • B8 - Photosynthesis
  • B9 - Respiration

Key Stage 4

In Year 10 and 11 Students follow the AQA Trilogy Combined science or Separate science (Biology, Chemistry Physics) qualifications. Students have 10 lessons a cycle. Separate Science students are taught within a speciality (three lesson of Biology and Chemistry and four lessons of Physics). All students must complete required practical’s which will be examined through the linear examinations. Students will complete 6 examination papers at the end of year 11.

Year 10 content

Physics Paper 1
  • P1 - Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • P2 - Energy transfer by heating
  • P3 - Energy resources
  • P4 - Electric circuits
  • P5 - Electricity in the home
  • P6 - Molecules and matter
  • P7 - Radioactivity
Biology Paper 2
  • B10 - The human nervous system
  • B11 - Hormonal co-ordination
  • B13 - Reproduction
  • B14 - Variation and evolution
  • B15 - Genetics and evolution
  • B16 - Adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • B17 - Organising an ecosystem
  • B18 - Biodiversity and ecosystems
Chemistry Paper 2
  • C8 - Rates and equilibrium
  • C9 - Crude oil and fuels
  • C11 - Polymers
  • C12 - Chemical analysis
  • C13 - The Earth's atmosphere
  • C14 - The Earth's resources

Year 11 Content

Physics Paper 2
  • P8 - Forces in balance
  • P9 - Motion
  • P10 - Forces and motion
  • P12 - Waves properties
  • P13 - Electromagnetic waves
  • P15 - Electromagnetism


Science GCSE Revision

Students will have been provided with logons to GCSEpod and Tassomai to support their studies. These websites allow students to revise key content and quiz themselves. For more information, please click on the links below.

www.tassomai.com

Revision Guides
Science revision guides and workbooks available for Year 9, 10 and 11 students from student reception and these are sold at a discounted rate and cost from £4 each. For further details of which revision guides would be most appropriate and the cost. please contact your child’s science teacher. Further details on CGP revision guides can be found at www.cgpbooks.co.uk/parent/books_gcse_science.

Our Grade 9-1 GCSE Science Range

Key Stage 5

We teach all of the A Level sciences in Key Stage 5 and are following the AQA specifications. All science students receive a complimentary textbook, to support their learning. In 2018 we are introducing BTEC National in Forensic and Criminal Investigation. For further information on Biology A level, Chemistry A level and Physics A level, please go to the sixth form section of the website.