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Debenham High School

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Science

Exam Board: OCR

Course: 21st Century Science (www.21stcenturyscience.org)

Members of Staff:

    Mr S Rockett, Head of Science
    Mrs P Harcourt, Second in Science
    Mrs S Bolton
    Dr A Healy
    Mr D McMillan
    Miss K Saunders

 

Introduction

The Science Department at Debenham High School is committed to providing a first class education in Science, covering topics relevant to young adults in a contemporary setting. ICT, enrichment activities, and interactive activities are used along with traditional experimentation and textbook work.

 

Trips and Visits

 Year 7 pupils go to Colchester zoo to look at adaptation and habitat of mammals

  • Year 8 pupils go to the Natural History Museum to look at the human body
  • Year 9,10 and 11 pupils have the opportunity to visit various universities and schools for lectures and activities - ranging from Institute of Physics lectures at Woodbridge school, to electicity workshops at the Cavendish Laboratory at the Faculty of Physics at Cambridge University

KEY STAGE 3

Pupils in Years 7 and 8 pupils follow the Collins Science scheme of work and follow all aspects of National Curriculum.

Topics covered include:

    • Cells, tissue and organs
    • Reproduction
    • Working in a laboratory
    • Particles and Reactions
    • Energy transfers
    • Force and Speed
    • Classification and Food webs
    • Weathering and Fossils
    • Keeping Healthy
    • Studying disease
    • Separating Mixtures
    • Atoms, elements and compounds
    • Magnetism
    • Sound and Heat
    • Life and Death
    • Space
 

KEY STAGE 4

Pupils start the GCSE Course in Year 9, which is continued through Years 10 and 11. Some pupils in Year 9 will be selected to join an accelerated programme to take triple award GCSE. Other pupils will study double award and may choose triple award in Year 10 as part of the option selection.

Course Title: Science A (J241)

Content

This is a 1 year course leading to a GCSE in science – it has been identified as a “science course to inform the citizen”.  Units include:

B1   You and Your Genes

C1   Air Quality

P1   The Earth in the Universe

B2   Keeping Healthy

C2   Material Choices

P2   Radiation and Life

B3   Life on Earth

C3   Chemicals in our lives

P3   Sustainable energy

 

Assessment

Will be three written papers lasting 60 minutes each.  Each will carry 25% of the final mark.

There is also a controlled assessment task carrying 25% of the final grade.

 

Course Title: Additional Science A (J242)

Content

Additional science follows a similar style to the year 10 course, but with a more academic feel. Essential for A level courses in science.  Units are

B4   Processes of Life

C4   Chemical Patterns

P4   Explaining Motion

B5   Growth & Development

C5   Chemicals of the Environment

P5   Electric Circuits

B6   Brain and Mind

C6   Chemical Synthesis

P6   Radioactive Materials


Assessment

Assessment will be three written papers lasting 60 minutes each.  Each will carry 25% of the final mark.

There is also a controlled assessment task carrying 25% of the final grade.

 

Triple Award Science

Course Titles: Biology (J243) Chemistry (J244) Physics (J245)

This is an option you can take in addition to your normal Science curriculum.  You will study everything above and three additional units of science and gain qualifications in GCSE Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Each of the additional units carries 25% of the marks and there is a third controlled assessment task.