AWA Science Curriculum Principles

Intent Statement:

Science is the gateway to understanding the world we live in. It gives students the opportunity to ask how and why about everything for example: How does the moon stay in orbit? Why is the sky blue? How do cars work? Why do elephants have trunks?

Implementation Key Principles:

  • Literacy - Summaries that include 3 key words
  • paired talk and completion of extended writing
  • Content is rich, relevant and reflective of the diverse world in which we live.
  • Learning is sequenced to enable young people to develop knowledge and skills.
  • Literacy is explicitly delivered across the curriculum. 
  • Learning is adapted to support the specific needs of individuals.
  • A sustainable approach is supported through the curriculum.
  •  Resilience is promoted for students by frequent (low stakes) assessment to inform teaching

In classrooms, this may look like:

  • Use of spiral -Science mastery curriculum, a spiral that builds on practical skills and knowledge application.
  • Carefully planned shared schema, developed by experts and tailored by teachers to meet the needs of teaching groups
  • DO NOW tasks drawing on prior learning
  • Signature strategies used for Checking Understanding, such as Show Call, Show Me, Intentional Monitoring
  • Shared literacy and reading strategies in place, such as Inside Outside Beyond and whole class reading work
  • Precise pedagogical decisions made for students with additional needs (EHCP, SEND K, PSP, Behavioural, PA) including additional adults, alternative resources or outcomes, seating arrangements, precise deployment of signature strategies
  • Teaching which alters according to student understanding demonstrated both from assessment points and within lessons

In work produced, this may look like:

  • Purposeful self-marking in green pen
  • Summaries to demonstrate their understanding
  • Do Now and Apply task
  • Regular feedback, which addresses knowledge or skills gaps
  • Opportunities for conscious practise by students (reteach episodes, ‘fix-it’ sessions, revision)
  • Opportunities for self and peer assessment, engaging with success criteria
  • As relevant to Key Stage, opportunities to engage with exam-style content[TM1] [TM2] [JW3]
  • Home learning will promote digital literacy in line with school strategy

For students, this experience may include:

  • Opprtunities to undertake practical work applying their scientific understanding
  • Consistent staffing in lessons with teachers who know them and similar learning journeys across year groups
  • Regular opportunities to engage with feedback on progress (parents’ evenings, progress grades, reports, assessment feedback, in-class feedback, marking)
  • A clear sense of the curriculum journey leading to CEIAG – how can you pursue this field of study? What might it lead you to?
  • Where students are taught by professionals at the start of their career, they can expect additional adults in classes supporting through a range of strategies (live coaching, learning walks, observations, team teaching)

Impact Key Principles

In evaluating the impact of our curriculum, we will consider:

  • Outcomes data, such as A level and BTEC Results, GCSE results, Additional qualifications (sports leaders, community languages, Entry level qualifications) and the performance of vulnerable groups within that data
  • Destinations data at common points of transition from the school (Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5)
  • Internal and external Quality Assurance processes (Ark review processes, governor accountability processes, internal audit processes, Ofsted)
  • The development of professionals into experts in their field through their work in supporting colleagues, supporting other schools, developing curriculum resource, becoming examiners etc.


In Work Produced Box, something about regular self assessment using green pen [TM1] [TM1]

Also in the same box, focus on exam based questions in each lesson of exam classes? Maybe too specific!? [TM2] [TM2]

The exam stuff is already in the box - not explicit enough?! [JW3] [JW3]

Curriculum Coverage

   

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Autumn

Cells

Tissues and Organs

Growth and Differentiation

Conservation and Dissipation of energy

Reproduction

Chemistry

Fundamental particles

Time of Flight Mass

Spectrometry

Electron configuration

Bonding

Chemical equilibria

Amount of Substance

Redox

Periodicity

Chemistry

Acids and Bases

Properties of period 3 elements Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

Rate equations and determination of the rate equation

Particle Model

Acids and Alkalis

Periodic table

Chemical changes

Hormonal coordination

Forces

Movement and Pressure

Acceleration

The Earth’s Resources

Variation and evolution

Reproduction

Respiration and Photosynthesis

Human Interaction

Electricity in the Home

Genetics

Organisation in Plants and Animals

Chemical Analysis

The Human Nervous system

Quantitative

Respiration

Chemistry

Structure and Bonding

Chemical Change

Energy Changes

Rates and Equilibria

Organic reactions and Polymers

Biology

Electron Microscope

Eukaryotic cell structure

Biological molecules

Enzymes

Mitosis

Cell cycle

Cell transport

Defence Mechanisms

HIV

DNA

Exchange between organisms and their environment Haemoglobin

The heart and circulatory system

Biology

Respiration

Photosynthesis

Nutrient cycles

Homeostasis

Diabetes

Kidneys

Inheritance

Sex linked diseases

Statistics

Natural Selection

Speciation

Using our Resources

Physics

Fields and further mechanics

Motion in a circle

Force and momentum

Gravitational fields

Earths’ Atmosphere

Electromagnetic waves

Force and Motion

Force and Pressure

Waves

Light

Electromagnetism

Space

 

Spring

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Elements, atoms and compounds

Changing substances

Quantitative Chemistry

Forces

Chemistry

Energetics

Chemical Equilibria

Kinetics

Introduction to

Organic Chemistry

Haloalkanes

Alkanes

Alkenes

Alcohols

Organic Analysis

Chemistry

Aromatic Chemistry

Preparation and base properties of amines

Aldehydes and Ketones

Acylation

Condensation Polymers

Amino Acids

Proteins

DNA

Enzymes

NMR

Organic Synthesis

Chromatography

Interdependence

Magnetism

Heating

Photosynthesis

Biology

Survival and response

Plant growth factors

Reflex Arc

Neurones and nervous coordination

Passage of an action potential

Species and taxonomy

Quantitative investigations of variation

Biology

Stem Cells

Cancer

Protein Synthesis

Gene technology

Predation

Succession

Conservation

Gravity

Life Diversity

Genetics

Organising ecosystems

Physics

Quarks

Leptons

Quantum Phenomena

Physics

Thermal Fields

Gases

Turning points in Physics

Earth Systems

Chemical Change (Salts)

Electrolysis

Earth’s resources

Energy

Chemical Analysis

Summer

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Energy transfers

Resistance

Using resources

Electricity at home

Chemistry

Born‐Haber cycles

Entropy and Gibbs

Free Energy

Kp

Mixtures

Nutrition

Waves

Electromagnetism

Biology

Photosynthesis Respiration

Electric circuits

Light

Electricity at home

Communicable and Non- Communicable diseases

Crude Oil

Organic reactions and Polymers

Radioactivity

Variation and Evolution

Genetics

Adaptations and Interdependence

 Skills

Autumn

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Correct and safe use of apparatus

Identify hazards, risks and precautions

Making and recording observations and

measurements

 

Variables ‐ IV, DV, CVs

 

Explain what repeatable results are

Calculate the mean of a set of results

 

Maths skills:

Decimals, estimation, significant figures, means, bar charts, symbols, areas of triangles, volumes of cubes

Explain what reproducible results are

 

Line graphs for two sets of data

Explain why a method is well

designed for its purpose

Selecting suitable apparatus

Compare and contrast precision and accuracy

 

Use a model to develop

scientific

understanding

Maths skills: Ratios

Understand how

scientific theories and methods develop over time.

 

Maths skills: Standard form, order of magnitude, calculate the gradient of a line, change the subject of an equation, linear relationships, calculate surface area of cubes, use the tangent to a curve to calculate gradient, find the area under a line on a graph

Consider ethical issues in science

Evaluate perception of risks

Recognise the importance of

peer review

Maths Skills: Rearranging equations

 

Drawing graphs

Sin, Cos, Tan

Maths Skills: Logarithms

Rearranging equations

Sin, Cos, Tan

 

Interpretation of graphs

Statistics

Spring

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Make predictions and conclusions from data

 

Explain the importance of controlling variables to ensure validity

 

Bar graphs and categoric data

Understand that whenever a measurement is made there is always some uncertainty and use the range of a set of measurements about the mean as a measure of uncertainty

Maths skills: Fractions, angles, reading a graph

Scatter graphs and correlation

 

Maths skills: α sign

Assess whether sufficient precise measurements have been taken in an experiment.

Explain what random error is and how to reduce it.

Explain what systematic error is and how to reduce it.

Evaluate personal, social, environmental and economic implications and technology

Exam Skill, understanding command words

 

Summer

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

Draw scientific diagrams

 

Line graphs and continuous data

 

Describe a method for

a practical procedure

 

Identify and define anomalous results

 

Maths skills:

Percentages, frequency diagrams, substitution in equations, finding unknowns in equations, plotting variables

Pie charts

Evaluate a method

Suggest and describe appropriate sampling techniques

Maths skills: Representing shapes in 3D,

 

Histograms

 

Median and mode

Maths skills: Probability,

 

systematic sampling

 

random sampling

 GCSE

Subject

Exam Board

Specification Code

Qualification

Number

Recommended Websites

Recommended Textbooks/Visits

Physics

AQA

8463

601/8751/7

BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

AQA revision Resources http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/s cience/steps‐to‐success‐in‐ science/revision‐materials

CGP revision Guide

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.boo

ks_gcse_science_new_revision_guides?range=new CGP Workbooks

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.boo

ks_gcse_science_new_practiceworkbooks?range=new

All books can be bought or borrowed from the Walworth Academy Library

Chemistry

AQA

8462

601/8757/8

BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

AQA revision Resources http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/s cience/steps‐to‐success‐in‐ science/revision‐materials

CGP revision Guide

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.boo

ks_gcse_science_new_revision_guides?range=new CGP Workbooks

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.boo

ks_gcse_science_new_practiceworkbooks?range=new

All books can be bought or borrowed from the Walworth Academy Library

Biology

AQA

8461

601/8752/9

BBC Bitesize http://www.bbc.co.uk/education

AQA revision Resources http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/s cience/steps‐to‐success‐in‐ science/revision‐materials

CGP revision Guide

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.boo

ks_gcse_science_new_revision_guides?range=new CGP Workbooks

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.boo

ks_gcse_science_new_practiceworkbooks?range=new

All books can be bought or borrowed from the Walworth Academy Library

Subject

Exam Board

Specification Code

Qualification Number

Recommended Websites

Recommended Textbooks/visits

Biology

AQA

7401, 7402

Designed for AQA syllabus but lots of overlap with some good notes and links to animations http://www.biologymad.com/

Good for revision with ‘Quick learns’, mini‐tests and revision notes on all major topics

http://www.s‐cool.co.uk/alevel/biology.html

Detailed revision notes to supplement anything you may have missed or lack http://www.mrothery.co.uk/index.htm

Lots of resources on cell biology

http://www.cellsalive.com

Companion site to textbook ‘Life: The science of Biology’ ‐ useful website with animated tutorials, activities, flash cards, self‐quizzes, glossary etc http://www.whfreeman.com/thelifewirebridge2

CGP Revision Guide

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/boo ks_a_level_biology_aqa

Textbooks recommended by AQA

 

Subject

Exam Board

Specification Code

Qualification

Number

Recommended Websites

Recommended Textbooks/Visits

Combined

Science:

Trilogy

AQA

8464

601/8758/X

BBC Bitesize

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education AQA revision Resources http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/s cience/steps‐to‐success‐in‐ science/revision‐materials

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.boo

ks_gcse_science_new_revision_guides?range=new CGP Workbooks

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/School/books_gcse_science_new.boo

ks_gcse_science_new_practiceworkbooks?range=new  

All books can be bought or borrowed from the Walworth Academy Library

Subject

Exam Board

Specification Code

Qualification

Number

Recommended Websites

Recommended Textbooks/Visits

Chemistry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.chemguide.co.uk/

CGP Revision Guide

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/books_a_level_chem istry_aqa

AQA

 

 

7404, 7405

 

 

http://www.a

levelchemistry.co.uk/new‐aqa‐a‐ level‐chemistry.html

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sci ence/as‐and‐a‐level/chemistry‐

7404‐7405

http://www.s‐cool.co.uk/a‐ level/chemistry

http://www.physicsandmathstutor. com/chemistry‐revision/

 

Textbooks recommended by AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as‐and‐a‐level‐ chemistry‐textbooks

 

Additional Reading

            Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements by Hugh Aldersey‐Williams

Caesar’s Last Breath – The Epic Story of the Air We Breathe by Sam Kean

                  ‐             Why chemical Reactions Happen by James Keeler

Curious Tales from Chemistry: The Last Alchemist in Paris and Other Episodes by Lars Ohrstrom

 

 

 

 

 

CGP Revision Guide

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/Student/books_a_level_physi  cs

 

 

 

Physics

 

 

 

AQA

 

 

 

7407, 7408

http://www.physicsandmathstutor.

com

 

http://www.s‐cool.co.uk/a‐ level/physics

 

http://physicsnet.co.uk/

Textbooks recommended by AQA

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as‐and‐a‐level‐ physics‐textbooks

 

Additional Reading:

Black Hole Blues by Janna Levin

Timekeepers by Simon Garfield

The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Surely you’re Joking Mr Feynman by Richard P Feynman

Professional Pathway

 

Subject

Exam Board

Specification Code

Qualification

Number

Recommended Websites

Recommended Textbooks/Visits

BTEC Level 3

National

Extended

Diploma in

Applied

Science

 

 

 

Pearson

 

 

 

1080 GLH

(1345 TQT)

 

 

 

 

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qu alifications/btec‐nationals/applied‐ science‐2016.html

 

http://www.physicsandmathstutor.com http://www.rsc.org/

https://www.rsb.org.uk/ http://physicsnet.co.uk/ http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

Textbook

https://www.educationumbrella.com/btec nationals‐applied‐ science/9781292134093/2/1?gclid=EAIaIQo bChMI2oesieWX1QIVBbHtCh2QWgdEEAQY ASABEgIOpfD_BwE