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Yr 10 & 11 Triple Science

Biology Overview

Years 10 & 11 – AQA GCSE Biology 8461

GCSE SPECIFICATION: This course is available to higher tier only. 

 

Y ear 10

 Year 11

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

11.1/2 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.

Triple students also cover the brain and structure and function of the eye.

End of Unit test (unit 11.1)

Required Practical – Nervous system & Plant Tropisms

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

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

11.3 Homeostasis in action (This module is for triple students only)

Covering thermoregulation and the structure and function of the kidneys and kidney failure.

Context Question – Cycle Racing

 

 

 

 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

 

11.4 Reproduction

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

Triple students also cover the detailed structure of DNA and study protein synthesis.

End of Unit test (unit 11.4)

Literacy Task – Meiosis vs Mitosis

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

Y11 Mock paper 2 (11.1, 11.2, & Ecology from Year 9)

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

 

 

11.5 Variation & Evolution

Covering types of reproduction & the structure of DNA as well as selective breeding and the process of genetic engineering.

Triple students also study cloning of animals and plants

End of Unit test (unit 11.5)

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.

Triple students will also study the production of monoclonal antibodies.

End of Unit test (unit 10.5)

Literacy Task – Antibiotic Resistance

 

11.6 Genetics & Evolution

Covering variation & evolution by natural selection and survival of the fittest as well as classification.

Triple students also study speciation

Literacy Task – Natural Selection

Context Question – Speciation.

11.6 Biodiversity

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

Context Question – Population

Literacy Task – Deforestation.

 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)

10.8 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

 

Chemistry Overview

Years 10 & 11 – AQA GCSE Chemistry 8462

GCSE SPECIFICATION: This course is available to higher tier only

 

 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 learn about covalent bonding and relate the structure and bonding of simple and giant molecules to their properties. Triple scientists will also study the application of nanoparticles as well as the structure of glass, ceramics & composite materials.

End of Unit test (unit 11.1 & 10.3) - optional
RLiT;
Explaining ionic and covalent bonding

10.2 The Periodic Table & Chemical Analysis

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.

Triple scientists will also study the transition metals

End of Unit test (units 10.1 & 10.2)

RLiT; The history of the development of the Periodic Table

 

 

 

11.9 Rate of Reaction

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

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End of Unit test

(unit 11.5)

RP; Rates of reaction

 

10.3 Ionic and metallic bonding & Chemical Analysis

Students will study ionic and metallic bonding and relate the structure and bonding of ionic compounds and metals to their properties. Triple scientists will also study the chemical tests for cations and anions as well as flame emission spectroscopy.

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

RP; Testing for ions

Y11 November Mock exam Paper 1

 Spring

Mid-Year January Exam – including units from year 9

11.10 Crude oil & Organic Chemistry

Students will study hydrocarbons and oil refining including the key processes of fractional distillation, and cracking. Triple scientists will also study the structure & properties of alcohols, organic acids, esters, polyesters, polysaccharides, polypeptides and DNA.

End of Unit test (unit 11.3 & 11.4)
RLiT;
Explaining fractional distillation RLiT; Cracking alkanes.

RCQ; Polymerisation

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 10.6) - optional

RP; Making salts

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. Triple scientists will also study molar gas volumes, learn how to carry out titrations and how to carry out titrations and how to calculate the concentration of an unknown from titration data.

End of Unit test
(unit 10.4 & 10.5)

RCQ; Reacting mass calculations

 

11.11a Electrolysis & Simple cells & the fuel cell

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. They will study the extraction copper from high & low grade copper ores using electrolysis and bioleaching respectively. Triple scientists will also study the fuel cell, chemical cells and sacrificial protection.

RCQ; The Fuel Cell & simple cells

11.11b Chemical equilibrium & the Haber Process

Students will study the effects of changing the conditions of reversible reaction on the percentage yield and equilibrium position. Triple scientists will also be required to evaluate the economics of the Haber process and learn how to prepare a solid fertiliser.

End of Unit Test (unit 11.11)
RCQ; The Haber process

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

 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. Triple scientists will also have to evaluate the composition & use of different alloys.

End of Unit test

(unit 10.6) - optional

RCQ; Extracting metals

Revision and exam practice

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)

RP; Energy changes

RCQ; Bond energy calculations

 

Physics Overview

Years 10 & 11 – AQA GCSE Physics 8463

GCSE SPECIFICATION: This course is available to higher tier only

 

 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 - Wave Properties

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. 

End of Unit test

RP: Speed of Waves

 

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

10.2 - Electromagnetic Waves

They study the dangers and uses of some electromagnetic waves in more depth, including X-rays and microwaves.

End of Unit test

RP: Infra-red radiation

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.

End of Unit test

Context Questions

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

Literacy Task

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

 Spring

 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

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

RP: Insulators

Literacy Task

11.7 – Forces and Pressure

Students investigate the factors which change gas pressure, and investigate the links between forces and pressure.

End of Unit test

 

 Summer

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

Revision and exam practice

 

 

10.7 – Light

Students investigate how light behaves and how it interacts with different materials. They will investigate the effects of lenses and mirrors and research the uses of light.

End of Unit test

RP: Reflection and Refraction

 

10.8 – Space

Students study what makes up our solar system, galaxy and universe. They discover the life cycle of a star and learn about how we study space.

End of Unit test

Literacy Task