Science

Facilities

Six state-of-the-art laboratory style classrooms with plumbed gas and electrical sockets on each bench. One of these labs features a large demo area at the back of the room.

One laboratory with flexible benching and one additional, traditional style classroom.

We also have a large prep room that services the whole department as well as 3 mobile fume cupboards.

Curriculum

The vision of the Science department at Astrea Academy Sheffield is to produce pupils who question the world around them. Pupils should be encouraged to be curious about things they experience and want to find an explanation for them through Scientific methods.

Our pupils will be exposed to lots of phenomena and will be led in to explanations of what causes them, finding out for themselves where possible.

COVID-19

In Science, we have made the decision that all of the subject content we teach during Key Stage 3 is vitally important for our pupils’ development and ability to access GCSE content. Due to the reduced amount of time pupils have had in schools during the 2019/20 academic year, the following changes have been made to the curriculum for the 2020/21 academic year in Science.

  • Pupils entering Y8 will cover the Y7 topics below in addition to their Y8 content. If needed, some of the Y8 content will be covered in Y9 should the need arise.
    • Forces, Earth chemistry, Space, Variation, classification and ecology.
  • Pupils entering Y9 will cover the Y8 tropics below in addition to their Y8 content. As we begin teaching GCSE content in Y10 it is imperative that we cover this vital content before the end of the year. As such, our Y9 content will be condensed to allow this to happen. Condensing the Y9 content does not mean watering it down. Our Y9 pupils will need to work hard and this will be a very important year for them.
    • Materials and industry, Electricity and magnetism, Inheritance and genetics.

Key Stage 3

We cover all of the bigger ideas and principles at key stage 3 to give pupils the best foundation possible to succeed in their GCSEs.

Y7

Introduction Science

States of Matter (Chemistry)

Energy transfer and heating (Physics)

Cells (Biology)

Mixtures and Solutions (Chemistry)

Generating Electricity (Physics)

Reproduction (Biology)

Acids and Alkalis (Chemistry)

Forces (Physics)

Earth chemistry (Chemistry)

Space (Physics)

Variation, classification and ecology (Biology)

Y8

Elements, compounds and reactions (Chemistry)

Motion and Pressure (Physics)

Digestion and lifestyle (Biology)

More about reactions (Chemistry)

Waves (Physics)

Respiration and photosynthesis (Biology)

Materials and Industry (Chemistry)

Electricity and Magnetism (Physics)

Inheritance and genetics (Biology)

Key ideas recap (all three sciences)

Y9

In year 9 pupils will consolidate their knowledge from Year 7 and 8 and continue to work on their skills in practical Science.

Pupils will continue to use and deepen their understanding of the three Sciences whilst also using and becoming familiar with the working scientifically skills necessary to excel at GCSE.

Pupils are assessed formally twice per year. All assessments model GCSE style questions and pupils will receive a percentage after each assessment. Assessments can contain questions on any of the previous topics from KS3 which means pupils have to be able to recall content from the whole year.

Key Stage 4

Exam Board – AQA

Awards – GCSE Trilogy Science, GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics

After a comprehensive Key Stage 3 programme, pupils will be streamlined in to studying for separate GCSEs in all three scientific disciplines or GCSE Trilogy Science. The content examined can be seen below.

Trilogy Science

Biology Paper 1

Biology topics 1–4:

Cell Biology;

Organisation;

Infection and response;

and Bioenergetics.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Biology Paper 2

Biology topics 5–7:

Homeostasis and response;

Inheritance, variation and evolution;

and Ecology.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 1

Chemistry topics 8–12:

Atomic structure and the periodic table;

Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter;

Quantitative chemistry;

Chemical changes;

and Energy changes.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 2

Chemistry topics 13–17:

The rate and extent of chemical change;

Organic chemistry;

Chemical analysis;

Chemistry of the atmosphere;

and Using resources.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Physics Paper 1

Physics topics 18–21:

Energy;

Electricity;

Particle model of matter;

and Atomic structure.

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Physics Paper 2

Physics topics 22–24:

Forces;

Waves;

and Magnetism and electromagnetism

Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

70 marks

16.7% of GCSE

Separate Sciences

Biology Paper 1

Biology topics 1–4:

Cell Biology;

Organisation;

Infection and response;

and Bioenergetics.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Biology Paper 2

Biology topics 5–7:

Homeostasis and response;

Inheritance, variation and evolution;

and Ecology.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 1

Topics 1–5:

Atomic structure and the periodic table;

Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter;

Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes;

and Energy changes.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Chemistry Paper 2

Topics 6–10:

The rate and extent of chemical change;

Organic chemistry;

Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere;

and Using resources.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Physics Paper 1

Topics 1-4:

Energy;

Electricity;

Particle model of matter;

and Atomic structure.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Physics Paper 2

Topics 5-8:

Forces;

Waves;

Magnetism and electromagnetism;

and Space physics.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Foundation and Higher Tier

100 marks

50% of GCSE

Home Learning

Pupils have 2 parts to their home learning every topic.

  1. Revising from their knowledge organiser and completing a quiz about the information on their knowledge organiser in a following lesson.
  2. Every week pupils will be set a number of questions to complete on Educake.

How can you help?

  1. Make sure your child is reading every night. Reading for pleasure is fundamental to academic success in every subject.
  2. Read our half-termly newsletter so that you know what your child is studying. Having conversations about topics of study can be powerful.
  3. Help your child with their home learning in Science. You can quiz them on the facts that they need to learn.