Science

Aims of Department

The Science department aims to ensure that all boys enjoy and make progress in Science. We want to sure all boys are fully prepared for their future from being able to critically evaluate scientific claims made by products to being able to study science at Russell Group universities if that is what they wish.

As a department we plan and deliver a practical and inclusive science curriculum which is not only rigorously academic but develops boys Enterprise Skills and ensures they have time to reflect on the Christian Values.

We ensure that the content covered throughout the school is aimed at preparing boys for success at GCSE and beyond.
 

Our approach to lessons

The Science Department aim to deliver practical and engaging lessons to all our boys. We aim to ensure that boys of all abilities enjoy and make progress in science. Boys are taught biology, chemistry and physics as separate subjects from the start of Y7 which helps them to develop their individual interests further.

Department staff

  • Elly Plant - Head of Science - e.plant@fulhamboysschool.org.uk
  • Ezzy Ephgrave-Goddard -Science Teacher
  • Matthew Steele -Science Teacher
  • Oliver Hogg - Assistant Head Teacher
  • Cristina Santos - Science Teacher
  • Catherine Singh - Science Teacher
  • Josh Missen - PE and Science Teacher
  • Julia Fitzgerald - Maths and Science Teacher
  • Jack Carte-Goldberg - PE and Science Teacher
  • Sylvain Eko-Ebongue - Science Technician
     

Year 7 and 8 curriculum

 

Biology Topics

Cells and Reproduction

  • Plant and animal cells
  • Unicellular organisms
  • Reproductive systems
  • Puberty
  • Plant reproduction

Body Systems

  • The digestive system
  • Enzymes
  • Breathing and gas exchange
  • Diet

Chemistry Topics

Atoms, Elements and Compounds

  • Elements
  • Compounds
  • Metals/Non-metals
  • Combustion
  • Oxidation
  • Carbonates

Mixing, Dissolving and Separating Substances

  • Water
  • Mixtures
  • Dissolving and evaporation
  • Distillation
  • Chromatography

Physics Topics

Forces and Motion

  • Measuring forces
  • Speed
  • Friction
  • Streamlining
  • Stretch and compression
  • Turning forces

Energy transfers and Sound

  • Energy
  • Work
  • Heat and temperature
  • Fuels
  • Sound

How the boys will be assessed in Year 7 and 8

  • End of topic assessments at the end of most topics
  • KS3 Assessment week after Christmas
  • KS3 Exams week in June

Year 9 curriculum

Biology Topics

Health and Disease

  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Bacterial and viral diseases
  • White blood cells
  • Antibiotics and painkillers
  • Fungal diseases

Inheritance and Variation

  • Classification
  • Variation
  • Evolution
  • DNA
  • Genetic engineering
  • Fossils and extinction
  • Reproduction

Chemistry Topics

Atmosphere and Sustainable development

  • Gases in the atmosphere
  • Changes in the Earth’s early atmosphere
  • Carbon footprint and climate change
  • The carbon cycle
  • Sustainable development
  • Water
  • Metal extraction

Reactivity and Materials

  • Reactivity
  • Displacement reactions
  • Extracting metals
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Catalysts
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers
  • Composites

Physics Topics

Waves and Energy Transfer

  • Waves
  • Light waves
  • Sound waves
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation
  • Comparing rate of energy transfer

Forces, Motion and Space

  • Distance-time graphs
  • Equilibrium
  • Terminal velocity
  • Gravitational fields
  • Stars
  • Galaxies

How the boys will be assessed in Year 9 

  • End of topic assessments at the end of most topics
  • KS3 Assessment week after Christmas
  • KS3 Exams week in June

 

GCSE

 

For boys who have not opted to study separate science: AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy

Biology

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3.  Infection and response
  4.  Bioenergetics
  5.  Homeostasis and response
  6.  Inheritance, variation and evolution
  7. Ecology

Chemistry

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources

Physics

  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter
  4. Atomic structure
  5. Forces
  6. Waves
  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Assessed in six 1 hour 15 minute papers in the summer of Y11

For boys who have opted to study separate science: AQA GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

AQA GCSE Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Key ideas

Assessed in two 1 hour 45 minute papers in the summer of Y11.

AQA GCSE Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Assessed in two 1 hour 45 minute papers in the summer of Y11.

AQA GCSE Physics

This qualification is useful, interesting and thought-provoking. Everything it covers will prepare you for the step up to A-level.

Content:

  1. Energy
  2. Electricity
  3. Particle model of matter
  4. Atomic structure
  5. Forces
  6. Waves
  7.  Magnetism and electromagnetism
  8. Space physics

Assessed in two 1 hour 45 minute papers in the summer of Y11.

Year 10 curriculum

  • Biology topics  1-5
  • Physics topics 1-5
  • Chemistry topics 1-4

How the boys will be assessed in Year 10

  • End of topic assessments after most topics
  • Y10 Assessment week in December
  • Y10 Mock Exam week after Easter

Year 11 curriculum

  • Biology topics  6-8
  • Physics topics 6-8
  • Chemistry topics 5-10

How the boys will be assessed in Year 11

  • End of topic assessments after most topics
  • Academic fitness tests in September
  • Y11 Mock Exams in January

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