Robertsbridge Community College

Science

Our curriculum intent

Albert Einstein said “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better”. Our Science team at Robertsbridge Community College wants to convey to our students that Science underpins everything.

Here we study the 3 sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We learn about Biology to understand life and thereby understand ourselves. Biology allows us to understand the amazing complexity of many life processes and mechanisms. Biology encourages us to seek our reasons for strange, surprising and sometimes unusual observations within the living condition.

Chemistry enables us to understand the complexity of substances: how they are composed, their behaviour, and their physical properties. Chemistry allows us to identify unknown substances, monitor concentrations and make new chemicals. Above all Chemistry is about finding solutions to the problems that concern us and our surroundings.

Finally, we engage with understanding Physics to be able to grasp the fundamental principles that govern all energy and matter in the universe. Physics gives us the tools to understand nature from the scale of sub-atomic particles up to the inter-galactic scale of the universe.

It is important to us that our young people learn about the scientific knowledge in existence, methods and processes used to gain that knowledge and how we use it. This is with the desire that our students can develop an understanding of the world we live in today and for their futures.

What this looks like in practice

In Key Stage 3, students study a range of Biology, Chemistry and physics topics. Students are assessed at the end of each of these topics.

Year 7

  • Biology - Cells, Reproduction, Systems and Processes, Gas exchange and Photosynthesis.
  • Chemistry - Atoms, Elements, compounds, periodic table chemical reactions and particles.
  • Physics - Energy, Forces, Motion and Matter.

Year 8

  • Biology - Respiration in cells, Interactions and Interdependencies, Genetics and Evolution
  • Chemistry - Chemical reactions, Earth and Atmosphere, Periodic table and Chemical Investigations.
  • Physics - Electromagnetism and electricity, Space and Waves.

Year 9

  • Biology - Cell Biology, Organisation, Infections, Response and Bioenergetics.
  • Chemistry - Atomic structure, Periodic table, Bonding, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources.
  • Physics - Energy, Forces, Motion, Matter, Atomic Structure and Radioactivity.  

 In Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA GCSE exam specification, covering topics which include:

  • Biology - Homeostasis, Inheritance, Evolution and Ecology.
  • Chemistry - Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, Rates of Reaction, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis.
  • Physics - Electricity, mains electricity, Waves , electromagnetism. Space

Year 11 students will also spend time working on their exam technique, Maths skills and the required practical’s.

 

Triple Science

Triple Science from 2021 will be an option for Students. We appreciate that many students enjoy learning Science and therefore Triple Science will be open to any student that has the passion and desire to study Science further. 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Students will study infections in more detail, including monoclonal antibodies and plant diseases. They will also study more in topic 5 (homeostasis) including the Brain and how Parts of the Brain are responsible for different functions,  the Human Eye and how we are able to see colours and objects at different distances and the Kidneys, evaluating whether someone with Kidney failure could use a Dialysis machine or potentially need a Kidney transplant.

 

The Ecology topic is also more detailed, looking at different Environmental issues such as decomposition, speciation and how Evolution by natural selection can occur when one species has been separated into two groups.

In Chemistry Triple Students will focus on a range of extra topics in paper 1. These include transition metals, nanoparticles, quantitative Chemistry, and Titrations.

Students will gather a deeper understanding of organic chemistry in paper 2, including Alcohols, carboxylic acids, condensation polymers and Deoxyribonucleic Acid.

 

They will also learn more about how natural resources can be used in the Chemical industry, examples being Polymers, alloys, fertilisers, and the Haber Process.

 

The Physics Triple Science curriculum has many links to the Combined Science curriculum, but again adds in further understanding in some of these. For examples in the Forces topic students will learn about Momentum and how cars are designed to reduce the force on the driver during a collision.

In the Waves topic students will develop their understanding of Sound and Ultrasound waves, construct ray diagrams and learn how glasses and contact lenses can correct someone’s vision.

One completely new topic that students will study in more detail is Space, the wonders of our Solar System and beyond. How stars form all the known elements in the universe and how evidence gathered on Earth can allow us to make predictions about parts of the universe that are millions of light years away.

Extra-curricular activities

  • Herstmonceux Observatory & Science Centre visit
  • Trips to the University of Sussex
  • Stem Club
  • "I’m a Scientist Get Me Out Of Here!" event
  • Discovery CREST awards
  • British Science Week
  • Science Ambassadors
  • University / College Trips
  • Physics Challenge

Homework

Students will be given a log in to the website and App, Tassomai. Students will be given a Daily goal of questions to complete, they must do this at least 4 days a week. When they complete the daily goal more often the number of questions decreases. The idea behind this is little and often. Students can do more that 4 out of 7 daily goals and we recommend anyone taking Triple Science tries to complete it every day.

Useful websites

Tassomai

Bitesize Science

Seneca Learning

Past papers

Free science lessons (YouTube)

23 Equations App – Download at the App store (Physics equations)