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Science

Science is divided in to three areas; Biology the study of life processes and living things, their origins and diversity; Chemistry which involves matter, particles and reactions of things like acids and alkalis and tries to look at how these chemicals interact; Physics which focuses on the mechanisms of matter and its motion, as well as space and time-the science that deals with concepts such as force, energy, mass, and charge.  At Newfield our vision is to ensure that all students develop their love and interest in Science and develop the skills required to question Science in the real world.

Lower School

In lower school students receive 3 lessons per week where they are taught the skills to become better at thinking scientifically by using and explaining models, understand the applications an implications of science by exploring how developments can affect individuals, society and the world, communicate and collaborate better by using scientific language, use investigative approaches to collect evidence by experimenting, and work critically with evidence to identify outcomes and make conclusions.

The topics taught in lower school are:

Biology

  • Cells
  • Ecology
  • Reproduction
  • Genetics

Chemistry

  • Elements and compounds
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Chemical reaction
  • Rocks and the rock cycle

Physics

  • Forces and motion
  • Energy and energy resources
  • Space and the universe
  • Magnetism and electrical circuits

Upper School

All students in Years 9, 10 and 11 are studying for either the new AQA Combined Science: Trilogy GCSE (worth 2 GCSEs) or Triple Science GCSEs (worth 3 GCSEs).  Year 9 have 5 lessons per week and Year 10 and 11 have 6 lessons per week.

All students in Y9 study the same fundamental units, allowing a decision to be made about which option to take for GCSE Science towards the end of Y9.

All exams take place at the end of the year 11.

Both GCSE Combined Science Trilogy and Triple Science courses are designed to further develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for science.  Students will also develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods. They will acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society, and obtain scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning. All course offer the opportunity to progress onto further study of Science at Post 16.

AQA GCSE (9-1) Combined Science: Trilogy

Students achieve 2 Science GCSEs for this course, which aims to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations. The subject content is:

Biology

1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology

Chemistry

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
10. Quantitative chemistry
11. Chemical changes
12. Energy changes
13. The rate and extent of chemical change
14. Organic chemistry
15. Chemical analysis
16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
17. Using resources

Physics

18. Energy
19. Electricity
20. Particle model of matter
21. Atomic structure
22. Forces
23. Waves
24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Trilogy Science is assessed in the following way:

  • Biology – 2 papers each 1 hour 15 mins
  • Chemistry – 2 papers each 1 hour 15 mins
  • Physics – 2 papers each 1 hour 15 mins

Further information can be found on the AQA website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

AQA GCSE (9-1) Separate Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Students achieve 3 separate GCSEs for this course, which aims to inspire and challenge students of all abilities and aspirations. The subject content is:

Biology

1. Cell biology
2. Organisation
3. Infection and response
4. Bioenergetics
5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
7. Ecology

Chemistry

1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate and extent of chemical change
7. Organic chemistry
8. Chemical analysis
9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
10. Using resources

Physics

1. Energy
2. Electricity
3. Particle model of matter
4. Atomic structure
5. Forces
6. Waves
7. Magnetism and electromagnetism
8. Space physics

Separate Science is assessed in the following way

  • GCSE Biology – 2 papers each 1 hour 45 mins
  • GCSE Chemistry – 2 papers  each 1 hour 45 mins
  • GCSE Physics – 2 papers each 1 hour 45 mins

Further information can be found on the AQA website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

Extracurricular opportunities

Students in upper school are offered the opportunity to attend the GCSE Science Live presentations each year.

Homework club for lower school takes place on Wednesday mornings from 8am.

Year 11 Revision sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8am,

Helpful Revision

All students would benefit from the use of a revision guide to use at home. These can be purchased through school at a considerably reduced cost of £5.50 per revision guide for Trilogy Science and £8.25 for the three Triple revision guides.

The following websites are good sources of information:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv

https://www.my-gcsescience.com/blog/

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/steps-to-success-in-science/revision-materials

https://revisionscience.com/gcse-revision