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Yr 10 & 11 Trilogy (Combined) Science

Trilogy: Biology Overview

Years 10 & 11 – AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 8464

GCSE SPECIFICATION: This course is available to both Higher & Foundation tier and is broken down into the three key science disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

 

 Year 10 Biology content

 Year 11 Biology content

 

This is a new GCSE course so the order at which content is covered may be subject to change whilst the course is developed.

Students will be given a variety of assessments each term to track their progress in literacy (RLITs), practical skills (RPs), application of knowledge through context questions (RCQs) and subject knowledge (EUTs). In addition they will be given a Mid-year exam (MYE) that covers the content of the year 9 course and the Autumn term units in year 10. The MYE assesses skills as well as subject knowledge and application.

 

In June students will be given an exam that assesses skills, subject knowledge and application of content covered in year 9 as well as year 10.

In November and March students will be given a Mock exam that assesses skills, subject knowledge and application of content covered in years 9 & 10 as well as year 11. The first Mock exam is used to inform predicted grades for the summer.

 

 Units

 Assessment

 Units

 Assessment

 

 Autumn

10.1 Cell Structure & Transport

Covering the differences between animal and plant cells and the process that govern transport in and out of cells.

End of Unit test (unit 10.1)

Required Practical – Microscopy

Required Practical - Osmosis

11.1 Biological Responses

INCLUDES:

The human nervous system covering the principles of homeostasis, the reflex arcs and synaptic transmission.

Hormonal coordination

Covering the principles of hormonal control and the endocrine system.

End of Unit test (unit 11.1)

Required Practical – Nervous system

Literacy task - Diabetes

 

10.2 Cell Division

Covering the process of cell division and the cell cycle. They will also study cell differentiation and stem cells.

End of Unit test (unit 10.2)

Context Question – Stem Cells

 

Y11 Mock paper 1 (All Year 9 & 10 material)

 

 Spring

10.3 Organisation and the Digestive System

Covering the principle of organisation. They will focus on the digestive system and enzymes.

Required Practical – Food Tests

Required Practical – Enzymes

11.2 Reproduction

Covering asexual and sexual reproduction, the role of DNA in inheritance and genetic diagrams.

 

 

End of Unit test (unit 11.2)

Literacy Task – Meiosis vs mitosis

 

End of Term test (all year 9 units, 10.1 & 10.2)

 

10.4 Organising animals and plants

Covering the organisation of animals and plants. Including a detailed investigation of the heart and respiratory system as well as the vascular systems of plants.

End of Unit test (unit 10.4)

Literacy Task – Helping the heart

 

11.3 Variation Evolution and Genetics

Covering variation & evolution by natural selection and survival of the fittest. They will also look at selective breeding and the process of genetic engineering.

End of unit test (11.3)

Context Question – Genetic Engineering

 

10.5 Preventing and Treating disease

Covering the prevention of disease by vaccination and how the immune system works. Students will also cover the development and effectiveness of drugs and the processes of clinical trials.

End of Unit test (unit 10.5)

Literacy Task – Antibiotic Resistance

 

Y11 Mock paper 2 (11.1, 11.2 and Ecology from year 9)

 

11.4 Biodiversity

Covering the effects of humans on the planet covering such topics as biodiversity, deforestation, acid rain and habitat protection.

Literacy Task – Deforestation

Context Question – Population.

 

 Summer

10.6 Photosynthesis

Covering the study of photosynthesis and the adaptations of leaves for efficient photosynthesis.

 

Required Practical – Photosynthesis

Revision and exam practice

 

 

End of Year EXAM (all year 9 units & year 10 units covered to date)

 

 10.7 Respiration

Covering the study of respiration and giving examples of living processes that need the energy released from respiration such as metabolism.

End of Unit test (unit 10.5&10.6 combined)

Context Question – Growing Strawberries

 

 

Trilogy: Chemistry Overview

Years 10 & 11 – AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 8464

GCSE SPECIFICATION: This course is available to both Higher & Foundation tier and is broken down into the three key science disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

 

 Year 10 Chemistry content

  Year 11 Chemistry content

This is a new GCSE course so the order at which content is covered may be subject to change whilst the course is developed.

Students will be given a variety of assessments each term to track their progress in literacy (RLITs), practical skills (RPs), application of knowledge through context questions (RCQs) and subject knowledge (EUTs). In addition they will be given a Mid-year exam (MYE) that covers the content of the year 9 course and the Autumn term units in year 10. The MYE assesses skills as well as subject knowledge and application.

In June students will be given an exam that assesses skills, subject knowledge and application of content covered in year 9 as well as year 10.

In November and March students will be given a Mock exam that assesses skills, subject knowledge and application of content covered in years 9 & 10 as well as year 11. The first Mock exam is used to inform predicted grades for the summer.

 Units

 

 Assessment

 

 Units

 

 Assessment

 

 Autumn

10.1 Atomic Structure

Students will study the basic structure of the atom and isotopes as well as the history of the development of the Bohr atom.

End of Unit test

(unit 10.1) - optional

RLiT; The history of the development of the nuclear atom

11.8 Structure & bonding

Students will study ionic, covalent & metallic bonding & relate the structure & bonding of compounds to their properties.

End of Unit test
(unit 11.8) - optional
RLiT
; Explaining ionic & covalent bonding

10.2 The Periodic Table

Students will gain a basic understanding of the Periodic Table and study two key groups; the alkali metals & halogens. They will study the historical events that led to the development of the modern day periodic table including the contributions made by Dalton, Newlands, Mendeleev & Mosley.

End of Unit test
(unit 10.1 & 10.2)

RLiT; The history of the development of the Periodic Table

Y11 November Mock exam Paper 1

11.9 Rate of Reaction

Students will learn about collision theory and investigate ways to increase the rate of a chemical reaction.

End of Unit test

(unit 11.9) - optional

RP; Rates of reaction

 

10.3 Ionic and metallic bonding

Students will study ionic and metallic bonding and relate the structure and bonding of metals and ionic compounds to their properties.

End of Unit test
(unit 10.3) - optional
RLiT
; Explaining ionic bonding and the properties of ionic compounds

11.10  Crude oil & Organic Chemistry

Students will study hydrocarbons and oil refining including the key processes of fractional distillation, and cracking.

End of Unit test (unit 11.10) - optional
RLiT;
Explaining fractional distillation RLiT; Cracking alkanes.

 Spring

Mid Year January Exam – including units from year 9

Y11 March  Mock exam Paper 2 – including units from year 9

10.4 Acids & Bases

Students will gain a basic understanding of neutralisation & the pH scale. They will investigate different approaches to making salts. Higher tier students will study strong & weak acids.

End of Unit test

(unit 10.4) - optional

RP; Making salts

11.11 Electrolysis & Chemical equilibrium

Students will be introduced to electrolysis and apply this to the extraction of aluminium from its ore and the production of hydrogen, chlorine and sodium hydroxide from brine. Higher tier students will study the extraction copper from high & low grade copper ores using electrolysis and bioleaching respectively.
Students will study the effects of changing the conditions of reversible reaction on the percentage yield and equilibrium position.

End of Unit Test

(unit 11.11) - optional
RP; Electrolysis

10.5 Quantitative Chemistry

Students will be taught how to calculate concentration and mass of solute. Higher tier students will be introduced to the mole & apply this to calculations involving reacting masses.

End of Unit test
(unit 10. 4 & 10.5)

 

Revision and exam practice

 Summer

10.6 Metals & Alloys

Students will learn about the reactivity series & use this to develop an understanding of the different methods of extracting metals from ores. They will evaluate the methods of reducing the use & waste of metal ores in short supply. They will also evaluate the composition & use of different alloys.

End of Unit test

(unit 10.6) - optional

RCQ; Extracting metals

 

End of Year June Exam –

including units from Year 9

10.7 Energy Changes

Students will study energy transfers during changes of state. They will be introduced to exothermic and endothermic reactions and their applications. Higher tier students will calculate the energy released or absorbed during reactions.

End of Unit test
(unit 10.7) - optional

RP; Energy changes

RCQ; Bond energy calculations

 

 

Trilogy: Physics Overview

Years 10 & 11 – AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy 8464

GCSE SPECIFICATION: This course is available to both Higher & Foundation tier and is broken down into the three key science disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

 

 Year 10

 Year 11

Students will be given a variety of assessments each term to track their progress in literacy (RLITs), practical skills (RPs), application of knowledge through context questions (RCQs) and subject knowledge (EUTs).

In June students will be given an exam that assesses skills, subject knowledge and application of content covered in year 9 as well as year 10.

In addition, in January students will be given a mid-year exam that covers the content of the year 9 course and the Autumn term units in year 10.

In November and March students will be given a Mock exam that assesses skills, subject knowledge and application of content covered in years 9 & 10 as well as year 11. The first Mock exam is used to inform predicted grades for the summer.

 Units

 Assessment

  Units

 Assessment

 Autumn

10.1 & 10.2 – Wave Properties and Electromagnetic Waves

Students investigate different kinds of waves, including light and sound.  They take measurements of the wavelength and frequency of water waves and waves along strings and learn how to calculate the speed of waves.  They study the dangers and uses of some electromagnetic waves in more depth, including X-rays and microwaves.

End of Unit test

Literacy Task

RP: Speed of Waves

RP: Infra-red radiation

11.1 – Electric Circuits

Students investigate what electricity is and how electrical circuits work.  They learn how to measure and calculate values for current, potential difference and resistance.

 

End of Unit test

RP: The resistance of a wire

RP: Characteristics of electrical components

11.2 – Electricity in the Home

Students learn how the National Grid supplies homes with electricity.  They investigate alternating and direct current and learn how to calculate the energy use and efficiency of electrical appliances such as kettles and toasters.

Context Questions

 Spring

10.3 – Conservation & Dissipation of Energy

Students discover how energy comes in many different stores.  They investigate one of the big ideas of physics, that energy is never created or destroyed.  They also learn how to calculate how much energy is needed to stretch an elastic band, to get a car moving, and to climb a flight of stairs. 

End of Unit test

Context Questions

11.3 – Electromagnetism

Students investigate the magnetic effects of bar magnets and electrical circuits. Students learn how generators and motors work.

 

 

End of Unit test

Literacy Task

10.4 – Radioactivity

Students learn about the discovery of the nucleus and the structure of the atom.  They investigate the different kinds of radiation and learn about the uses and effects of radioactive materials.

End of Unit test

Literacy Task

11.4,5 & 6 – Forces in Balance, Motion and Forces and Motion

Students re-visit work undertaken in year 9 and build upon this by investigating acceleration and momentum. They learn about the effects of pressure on different surfaces and learn how to use Newton’s laws of motion.

End of Unit test

RP: Extension of a Spring

RP: Force and Acceleration

 Summer

10.5 – Energy Transfer by Heating

Students learn how energy is transferred by conduction and they apply their knowledge to practical applications such as insulating buildings, thermos flasks and warm clothing.

End of Unit test

RP: Specific Heat Capacity

Literacy Task

Revision and exam practice

 

 

10.6 – Molecules & Matter

Students investigate the nature of matter.  They conduct experiments to find out how matter changes state and how much energy it takes to change the temperature of different kinds of materials.

End of Unit test

RP: Calculating Density

Context Questions