Robertsbridge Community College

Science

The Science Department Team at Robertsbridge Community College

  • Mrs J James – Teacher of Science and Deputy Headteacher
  • Mr J Richardson – Subject leader for Science
  • Mr S Underwood – Jones – Teacher of Science (2nd in Science)
  • Miss B Prior – Teacher of Science (Engagement for Science)
  • Miss H Stutely – Teacher of Science
  • Miss L Kenny – Teacher of Science
  • Mr S Brett – Teacher of Science

Introduction

Science at Robertsbridge community college gives the students a chance to investigate ‘why’ and ‘how’ the world and universe are shaped the way they are. We want to students to enjoy their Science lessons from the first moment they arrive for their induction day.

As a department we want to build on skills that some have developed in primary school, experimenting practically, making predictions about what might happen during these experiments, observing, recording, and analysing data. Finally, students will use all this information to develop their understanding of why natural phenomena occur.

We want to encourage students to develop a curiosity about natural phenomena and how natural and manmade substances interact. Not only do we want students to develop their curiosity for the natural world, but we also want to develop them as critical thinkers, using evidence to make decisions as they go into later life. We aim to help our students apply Science to their interests, whether that be their hobbies or their chosen career interest. We would like students to understand the role that Science plays in news and current affairs (such as the current pandemic, extinction rates or how Brexit might impact on different species and farming).

Our overall aim as a department, and whether we feel we have succeeded, is measured by how many students enjoy their lessons and would like to study Science post 16, whether that be an A-level in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Forensic Science, Animal care, Biodiversity or Psychology.

Key stage 3

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

These are as follows

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.

Key stage 4

Year 9

Students begin their GCSE students during year 9 in Science

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.  

Year 10

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

Year 11 is a revision year for Science, covering both year 9 and 10 topics. Triple Science students may have to spend time finishing the course first, but this is depending on the group and the pace at which the previous year has been taught.

Year 11 students will also spend a lot of time working on exam technique, Maths skills, the required practical’s and making sure they know the Physics equations if they are taking Higher.

Combined Science

Start revision of year 9 topics, moving onto year 10 topics just after Christmas.

Examinations Combined Science (Trilogy)

AQA Exam Board – Trilogy Students will be awarded 2 numerical GCSE Science grades based on an average of the 3 sciences e.g. 3,4 or 4,5. 6 exams 1r 15 mins long, 21 assessed pieces of practical work.

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.

Finish topics from year 10 and then start revision of year 9 topics. 

The extra topics in Triple Science are listed below. They are extensions of the topics mentioned during year 9 and 10.

Examinations Triple Science

AQA Exam Board – Triple Students will be awarded 3 separate numerical GCSE Science grades one for each Science. 6 exams 1r 45 mins long, 28 assessed pieces of practical work.

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

  • 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)