Science

Science at KS3

Pupils follow the new programme of study at KS3 with a greater emphasis on How Science Works, to prepare them for success at KS4. On entry to Walworth Academy, year seven pupils learn about the importance of laboratory safety, and the skills, and techniques used in practical activities, they are then placed onto one of two pathways in the first term of year seven.

Some pupils follow the condensed two year national curriculum, whilst others will complete in three years. Scientific investigations are carried out throughout the course and practical skills continue to be developed in all units. Pupils are tested at the end of each unit and at the end of the year.

 

Science at KS4

Year 10 Triple Chemistry

Chemistry is a fundamental subject, playing a vital role in our everyday life. It is a central science encompassing physics and maths, biology and medicine, the earth and the environment.  Students follow the AQA Chemistry syllabus which provides them with the scientific knowledge and skills to understand the physical world we live in.

  • Term 1: Structure and Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry,Rates of Reaction 
  • Term 2: Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions, Acids & Alkalis, Electrolysis
  • Term 3: The Periodic Table, WaterThe Haber Process
  • Term 4: Quantitative Chemistry, Analysis of substances, ISA
  • Term 5: Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids, Esters
  • Term 6: Revision, Preparation for Biology

Qualification: GCSE Chemistry (1 grade)

 

Year 10 Triple Physics

Physics concerns with the most basic building block of all things. It is the study of the universe and how things within it interact with each other. Students follow the AQA Physics syllabus. The scientific skills and knowledge gained through the study of Physics equip students to think and appreciate the world around them.

  • Term 1: Forces, Kinetic Energy, Momentum, ISA
  • Term 2: Static Electricity, Current, Power & Charges of Appliances, Radiation & Decay
  • Term 3: Nuclear Fusion & Fission, Medical Applications – Xrays & Ultrasound, Medical Applications – Lenses & the Eye
  • Term 4: Other Application of Light, Centre of Mass and Hydraulics, Circular Motion
  • Term 5: The Motor Effect, Transformers
  • Term 6: Revision, Preparation for Biology

Qualification: GCSE Physics (1 grade)

 

Year 11 Triple Chemistry

Chemistry is a fundamental subject, playing a vital role in our everyday life. It is a central science encompassing physics and maths, biology and medicine, the earth and the environment.  Students follow the AQA Chemistry syllabus which provides them with the scientific knowledge and skills to understand the physical world we live in.

  • Term 1: Exothermic and endothermic reactions, Rates of Reaction, ISA
  • Term 2: Acids and Bases, Electrolysis
  • Term 3: The Periodic Table, Water, The Haber Process
  • Term 4: Quantitative Chemistry, Analysis of substances, ISA
  • Term 5: Alcohols, Carboxylic Acids, Esters

Qualification: GCSE Chemistry (1 grade)

 

Year 11 Triple Physics

Physics concerns with the most basic building block of all things. It is the study of the universe and how things within it interact with each other. Students follow the AQA Physics syllabus. The scientific skills and knowledge gained through the study of Physics equip students to think and appreciate the world around them.

  • Term 1: Mains Electricity and power of appliances, Radiation and Decay, ISA
  • Term 2: Nuclear fusion and fission, Medial Applications – Xrays & Ultrsound
  • Term 3: Medical Applications – Lenses & the Eye, Other Application of Light
  • Term 4: Centre of Mass and Hydraulics, Circular Motion
  • Term 5: The Motor Effect, Transformers

Qualification: GCSE Physics (1 grade)

 

Year 11 Triple Biology

Biology is a study of life from the invisible world of microorganisms to complex organisms, population and ecosystem. Students follow the AQA syllabus for two years. The specification aims to equip students with the scientific knowledge and skills  to appreciate the complexity of ourselves and the environment.

  • Term 1: Movement of molecules, Gaseous Exchange in plants and animals
  • Term 2: Blood and blood system, ISA
  • Term 3: Transport in plants, Homeostasis
  • Term 4: Pollution effect of human activities, Deforestation
  • Term 5: Bio-fuels, Food Production

Qualification: GCSE Physics (1 grade)

 

Science at KS5

At Key Stage 5 we offer A’ levels (AS and A2) in the 3 Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In order to begin a Science AS course you must have gained 5 A* - C grades, including English and Maths, as well as at least 2 Bs in Science.

 

Biology

In Biology we follow the OCR syllabus, which contains units of study on Cells, Exchange and Transport and Molecules, Biodiversity, Food and Health at AS and Communication, Homeostasis and Energy and Control, Genomes and Environment at A2. Both AS and A2 also incorporate Practical Skills in Biology.

 

Chemistry

A’ level Chemistry is taught to the OCR syllabus. Units include Atoms, Bonds and Groups and Chains, Energy and Resources at AS, moving on to Rings Polymers and Analysis and Equilibria, Energetics and Elements at A2. Practical Skills in Chemistry are taught throughout the course and are assessed in both year 12 and 13.

 

Physics

Physics at the Academy is taught using the Edexcel syllabus and ideas such as mechanics, materials, electricity, waves and duality are studied at AS. In A2 we expand our thought to complex theories such as further mechanics, electric and magnetic fields, particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology. Practical skills are emphasised throughout and are assessed during both AS and A2. Physics catch-up is also offered to sixth formers on Tuesdays and Fridays after school.