Science

Building Curiosity One Atom at a Time

Science surrounds us. It is everywhere in our daily lives - all day, every day! We want Science to inspire students to explore the world around them and recognise and understand this. We aim to excite and enrich with the practical applications of the subject, teaching students that doing science develops our ability to ask questions, collect information, organise and test our ideas, problem-solve and apply what we learn.

Science is a platform for building confidence, developing communication skills, and making sense of the world around us.

 

Importance of science in schools

Knowledge

The teaching of science offers students the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and information which will contribute to an overall understanding of how and why things work like they do. Science is able to explain the mechanics and reasons behind the daily functioning of complex systems, which range from the human body to sophisticated modern methods of transport. Children are able to use this knowledge to understand new concepts, make well-informed decisions and pursue new interests. Science also helps to provide tactile or visible proof of many facts we read about in books or see on the television; this helps to increase understanding and helps children and teenagers to retain that information.

 

Inspiration

Many students find science extremely inspiring and interesting. Science instills a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop understanding and form questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Students who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically

At Byrchall we believe that a better education in science for your child can also mean better things for society by helping students develop into more responsible citizens who help to build a strong economy, contribute to a healthier environment, and bring about a brighter future for everyone.

All pupils at Byrchall study science through Y7 to Y11. They learn science via topics based in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. All pupils study Key Stage 3 science and this builds on their prior learning from primary school, whilst preparing them for Key Stage 4 (GCSEs). We ensure that pupils are confident with their subject knowledge & understanding and with the skills needed for them to make excellent progress.

At Key Stage Four pupils, at the very least, will study for two science GCSEs. All pupils will be given the opportunity to select the option to study for three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Alongside science lessons there are after school science clubs that your child can join and various trips and visits throughout the year. Revision classes after school and during holidays are also offered at crucial times of the year to support your child further.

Every pupil in year 11 receives a revision guide and workbook to help with their study time at home.

Science surrounds us. It is everywhere in our daily lives - all day, every day! At Byrchall we help pupils see and understand this. Science is involved when we choose what to eat, or choose products with the least impact on the environment or make informed decisions about our health-care.

Understanding science is crucial for all of us, so we can be informed and active in our country's future and the World’s future. Doing science develops our ability to ask questions, collect information, organise and test our ideas, problem-solve and apply what we learn. Even more, science is a platform for building confidence, developing communication skills, and making sense of the world around us. Our knowledge of science comes from the contributions of many different cultures and people. Access to science education develops confidence and positive self-image for all learners, regardless of culture, gender, race, social class or religious beliefs.

 

Year / Group Autumn Spring Summer Overview
Year 7 Introduction to science   PDF
Year 7
Biology
Cells Movement Human Reproduction Plant reproduction Interdependence Variation
Year 7
Chemistry
Particle model / Changes of State   Elements and compounds Separation Earth Structure Universe
Year 7
Physics
  Contact and non-contact forces Energy / energy transfers Electricity   Light
Year 8
Biology
Digestion Microbes and Health Breathing and respiration   Photosynthesis Inheritance and evolution PDF
Year 8
Chemistry
Periodic table / metals and non-metals Acids and alkali Chemical reactions Types of reactions Climate Earth’s resources
Year 8
Physics
Sound Properties of waves / waves effects   Forces and their effects- speed / gravity / pressure Magnetism Electromagnets
Year 9
Biology
Preparing for GCSE Preparing for GCSE   Cells (Cell structure) Cells (Transport / cell division) Organisation (Animals) PDF
Year 9
Chemistry
Preparing for GCSE Preparing for GCSE Fundamentals / Changes of state / Separation techniques Atomic structure / Periodic table Bonding
Year 9
Physics
Preparing for GCSE Preparing for GCSE Energy Energy Electricity
Year 10
Biology
Infection and response Bioenergetics - respiration Bioenergetics - Photosynthesis Homeostasis Inheritance PDF
Year 10
Chemistry
Quantitative Chemistry Chemical changes - Metals and reactions Acids, bases and salts Electrolysis / energy changes Electrolysis / energy changes Rates of reactions Organic chemistry
Year 10
Physics
Particle model Atomic structure Forces Forces and motion Waves
Year 11
Biology
Evolution Ecology Consolidation Revision PDF
Year 11
Chemistry
Chemical analysis Chemistry of the atmosphere Using resources
Year 11
Physics
Magnets and electromagnets, transformers Space physics