Science - Subjects - Wilmington Grammar School for Girls

Science

Department Vision

Our ethos is to ‘learn by doing’ so lessons are practical wherever possible.  Our aim is to make you a confident, independent, deeply analytical Scientist through an investigative approach.  You will evaluate your findings, just as a professional Scientist does.

Lessons are challenging, varied and fun.  You will find things out for yourself, rather than being told.  Teachers will support your learning, but we expect you to think for yourself. We encourage you to make use of your own devices, such as iPads and mobile phones to support your learning.  There’s often something explosive, magical or slimy worth filming in Science lessons!

Year 7

In Science, we work on a topic rotation basis where students will study a Biology unit for a few weeks, followed by Physics, then Chemistry. The Science Skills lessons provide students with valuable experience that will transfer into all Science subjects.  The skills lessons involve lengthy investigations.  Typically, the following units will be taught in Year 7, though may move in to Year 8.

The initial unit taught will be;

  • Introduction: Safety and Working Scientifically

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Unit 1 – Cells

Unit 2 – Body Systems

Unit 3 – Reproduction

 

Unit 1:  Particle Behaviour

Unit 2:  Elements, atoms and compounds

Unit 3:  Chemical Reactions

Unit 4:  Acids and Alkalis

Unit 1:  Forces

Unit 2:  Sound

Unit 3:  Light

Unit 4:  Space

 

Year 8

The following units will be covered in Year 8.  Whilst we no longer teach Science Skills in discrete lessons, the skills are embedded in all units listed below.

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Unit 4 – Health & Lifestyle

Unit 5 – Ecosystem Process

 

Unit 5: The Periodic Table

Unit 6: Separation Techniques

Unit 7:  Metals & Acids

 

Unit 5:  Electricity & Magnetism

Unit 6:  Energy

 

The remaining KS3 units will be completed in the first part of Year 9

Year 9

In year 9 students study the KS3 Activate Science, up to Christmas. The topics covered in the first two terms are:

  • The Earth
  • Energy
  • Motion and pressure

In terms three to six, students embark on their GCSEs. The course is AQA Combined Science. Further information about the course can be found on the AQA website. Everyone studies the first three topics of the three sciences:

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Cell Structure & Transport

Cell Division

Organisation & the Digestive System

Atomic Structure

The Periodic Tables

Structure & Bonding

Conservation & Dissipation of Energy

Energy Transfers & Resources

Electricity

Around Easter students decide their GCSE options courses.  

Separate Science is an option and students can choose to study either Physics, Chemistry and Biology, obtaining three GCSE's or the AQA Combines Science (Trilogy), obtaining a GCSE "double award".  More details about the course can be found under the "Year 10" area.

Year 10

The two options are as follow:

Route 1:  AQA Combined Science Trilogy (Double Award)

This qualification will provide you with two GCSEs in Science.  Further information about the course can be found on the AQA website. You will study Biology, Chemistry, and Physics with three separate teachers.  Six exams will be taken at the end of Year 11 (two for each science).  Coursework is no longer a part of the course. Instead, students undertake a set of practical activities in each Science to develop their investigative skills and these are assessed in the written papers. 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Infection & Response

Bioenergetics

Homeostasis & Response

Quantitative Chemistry Chemical Changes

Energy Changes & Rates of Reactions

Organic Chemistry

Particle Model of Matter

Atomic Structure

Forces

Route 2:  AQA Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (Separate Sciences)

This will take up one of your options at GCSE.  This qualification will provide you with three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  You will study the three sciences with three separate teachers. Further information about the courses can be found on the AQA website. Six exams will be taken at the end of Year 11. Coursework is no longer a part of the course. Instead, students undertake a set of practical activities in each Science to develop their investigative skills and these are assessed in the written papers.

You might take this route if you are planning a career in Science, and therefore wish to study A levels in Chemistry, Biology or Physics.  However, it is not a requirement to have separate sciences to move on to A level.  You will need to ensure that you are confident in Maths as a large proportion of the final units rely on this.  

The topics for Separate Sciences are the same as for Combined Science, however additional content is studied in each topic.                                                       

                                                                                       

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Infection & Response

Bioenergetics

Homeostasis & Response

Quantitative Chemistry Chemical Changes

Energy Changes & Rates of Reactions

Organic Chemistry

Particle Model of Matter

Atomic Structure

Forces

Year 11

This year will include the following units, but we also allow for revision within lessons.

Route 1:  Science and Additional Science (Double Award)

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Controlled Assessment

Module B4:  It’s a green world

Controlled Assessment

Module C4:  The Periodic Table

Controlled Assessment

Module P4:  Radiation for Life

 

Route 2:  Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (Separate Sciences)

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Module B5:  The Living Body

Module B6: Beyond the Microscope

Module C5:  How much? 

Module C6:  Chemistry Out There

Module P5:  Space for Reflection

Module P6:  Electricity for Gadgets

Assessment

We will assess your progress in the following ways, throughout years 7-11:

  • End of unit tests to review knowledge

  • Frequent checkpoint tests and quizes on Kerboodle

  • Formal investigations to assess your practical skills

  • Extended writing tasks to test your literacy in Science

  • Homework throughout the year, aimed at developing your knowledge, literacy, and practical skills

We track all of your grades against your minimum expected grades, to help ensure you are on track to achieve your potential.

post 16 at wg6

Science is a very popular subject at WG6.  In each subject, there is a strong emphasis on practical skills, which are assessed during your written exams.  Mathematics also features heavily, and this adds to the problem solving nature.  They are challenging, but highly rewarding and respected subjects. 

 

We offer the following at A2 level (no AS):

  • Chemistry (OCR A)
  • Biology (OCR A)
  • Physics (AQA A)

related careers

Studying Science can open many doors for you, due to the skills you will develop.  Even if you do not plan to enter a career in Science, the subjects provide an excellent pathway to accessing many university courses.  Listed below are just a few of the vast career opportunities available to you.

  • Veterinary Scientist
  • Doctor
  • Research Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Engineer
  • Dentist
  • Pathologist
  • Astronaut
  • Pharmacist
  • Biomedical Scientist
  • Inventor