Robertsbridge Community College

Science

Our curriculum intent

Science at Robertsbridge gives students the 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.

As a department we want to give students an observational-based curriculum, watching demonstrations or video clips, experimenting practically themselves, making predictions, 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 Science lessons and would like to study Science post-16, whether that be an A-level in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Forensic Science, Animal care or Psychology.

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)