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Science

The Science Curriculum at North Walsham High School is designed with the purpose of broadening our students understanding of the universe, the world we live in, the materials things are made from and the ideas behind how things work and function. It shows how everyday observations are explained by fundamental rules and principles which students can then apply to new and varied situations. It provides opportunities to experience science in action, to plan and investigate scientific ideas and to think critically about information allowing them to draw logical conclusions.

Our curriculum will allow students to leave North Walsham High School with an understanding of scientific thinking that can be applied to various aspects of their lives and not just in a science-based career. It will allow students to describe and explain things they experience using concise language and to make judgements based on evidence. It will also link in with other curricula across the school in areas such as the biology studied in PE and Health and Social Care; the ideas around resources and sustainability covered in Geography; the data analysis in Maths and Business Studies, and the chemical reactions that take place in Food.

Year 7

Term Science Curriculum Overview
Half term 1 (7 weeks)

The seven characteristics of living things
Animal, plant and bacterial cells
Specialised cells
Diffusion/Respiration
Cells, tissues, organs and systems
Skeletal system/antagonistic muscles
Sexual reproduction in humans and plants

Half term 2 (7.5 weeks)

Heart and circulatory system
Respiratory system
Digestive system
Nervous system
End of topic assessment
Analytically chemistry activity

Half term 3 (6 weeks)

The particle model of matter.
Properties of solids, liquids and gases.
Physical and chemical changes.
Oxidation - rusting
Conservation of mass
Density

Half term 4 (5.5 weeks)

Solutes, solvents, solutions and solubility
Atomic structure
Elements, compounds and mixtures
Periodic table
Separation techniques
Reactions of acids

Half term 5 (5 weeks)

Energy
Useful and non-useful energy pathways
Thermal energy transfer
Renewable and Non-renewable energy sources
Generating electricity. Electricity in the home.

Half term 6 (7.5 weeks) Electrical circuits
Measuring current and voltage
Resistance
Electromagnets & motors
Wave
Sound/ultrasound
Light and properties of
EM Spectrum

Year 8

Term Science Curriculum Overview
Half term 1 (7 weeks)

Internal structure of the Earth

Rocks and the rock cycle

Ores and the reactivity series

Electrolysis

Composition of the atmosphere

Evolution of the atmosphere

The carbon cycle

Global climate change

Sulfur dioxide and acid rain

Half term 2 (7.5 weeks)

Fractional distillation of crude oil

Polymerisation and polymers

Signs of a chemical reaction

Types of chemical reactions - neutralisation, combustion, thermal decomposition, oxidation and reduction, displacement reactions and precipitation reactions.

Catalysts

Increasing the rate of a chemical reaction.

Exothermic and endothermic reactions.

Half term 3 (6 weeks)

Types of forces

Balanced and unbalanced forces.

Contact and Non-contact forces.

Hooke's Law.

Forces and speed.

Air resistance.

Distance time graphs

Mass, weight and gravitational fields

Moments

Half term 4 (5.5 weeks)

Work done

Pressure

Atmospheric pressure

Pressure in liquids

Our Solar System

The Sun as our star - origin and fate

Day and night

Seasons

Waves

Longitudinal waves

Transverse waves and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Light and the law of reflection

Refraction of light

Lenses

Half term 5 (5 weeks)

Balanced and unbalanced diets

Different diets for different people.

Digestive system

Enzymes

Bacteria in the human digestive system

Food chains

Food webs

Energy transfers from food chains

Half term 6 (7.5 weeks)

Pyramids and number and biomass.

Bioaccumulation (biomagnification) of pesticides in the food chain.

Modern agricultural methods.

Eutrophication of fertilisers.

Photosynthesis.

Factors effecting the rate of photosynthesis.

Adaptations of leaves for photosynthesis.

Plants and mineral salts.

Plant respiration.

Anaerobic respiration in yeast.

The animal kingdom.

The plant kingdom.

Selective breeding in animals and plants.

Inheritance, variation, genetics and evolution.

Year 9

Term Science Combined Curriculum Overview

Half term 1 (7 weeks)

P2 Electricity 
Half term 2 (7.5 weeks)

B1 Cell biology

Half term 3 (6 weeks)

C1 Atomic structure and the Periodic Table

Half term 4 (5.5 weeks)

C2 Bonding structure and the properties of matter

Half term 5 (5 weeks)

P1 Energy

Half term 6 (7.5 weeks)

C5 Energy changes

P3 Particle model of matter

Year 10

Term Science Combined Curriculum Overview
Half term 1 (7 weeks)

C1 Atomic structure and the Periodic Table
C2 Bonding, structure and the properties of matter

Half term 2 (7.5 weeks)

B3 Infection and response

Half term 3 (6 weeks)

P1 Energy
C4 Chemical changes

Half term 4 (5.5 weeks)

P2 Electricity

Half term 5 (5 weeks)

P4 Atomic structure
B4 Bioenergetics
C3 Quantative chemistry

Half term 6 (7.5 weeks)

C7 Organic chemistry
P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism

Year 10

Term Science Triple Curriculum Overview
Half term 1 (7 weeks) The triple science course has 'bolt' on sections in addition to the combined science course.
Half term 2 (7.5 weeks)  N / A
Half term 3 (6 weeks)  N / A
Half term 4 (5.5 weeks)  N / A
Half term 5 (5 weeks)  N / A
Half term 6 (7.5 weeks)  N / A

Year 11

Term Science Combined Curriculum Overview
Half term 1 (7 weeks)

C8 Chemical analysis
C9 Chemistry of the atmosphere
C10 Using resource
P5 Forces

Half term 2 (7.5 weeks)

P6 waves
B5 Homeostasis and response

Half term 3 (6 weeks)

C6 The rate and extent of chemical change
P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism

Half term 4 (5.5 weeks)

B6 Inheritance, variation and evolution
B7 Ecology

Half term 5 (5 weeks)  

Half term 6 (7.5 weeks)

 

Year 11

Term Science Triple Curriculum Overview
Half term 1 (7 weeks)  N / A
Half term 2 (7.5 weeks)  N / A
Half term 3 (6 weeks)  N / A
Half term 4 (5.5 weeks)  N / A
Half term 5 (5 weeks)

P8 Space Physics

Half term 6 (7.5 weeks)  N / A