Science


Welcome to the Science Department

Teaching Staff: Mrs B Carson (HoD), Mr C Lawther, Mrs F Kennedy, Mrs Ferry, Miss L Gamble

Technician: Mr R Clifford

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OVERVIEW

In the Science Department we aim to: 
• stimulate pupils’ curiosity and enthusiasm and to develop a sense of wonder in Science. 
• teach the essential knowledge and understanding of some of the main areas of Science, and also the skills necessary for pupils to be able to make use of Science in new and changing situations in today’s and tomorrow’s society.
• challenge, enthuse and inspire our pupils to study Science at GCSE, AS/A2 level and beyond.
In Years 8 and 9, Science is taught in 4 periods per week as a combined course. In Year 10, pupils can be taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or continue with a combined course. Each subject is timetabled for 2 periods per week or the equivalent.
 
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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN YEAR 8?

Topic 1: Learning To Be A Scientist – an introduction to safe use of apparatus, planning experiments and measurement.
Topic 2: Energy
Topic 3: Living Things
Topic 4: Building Blocks – particle theory, atoms, molecules, elements and compounds
Topic 5: Cells and Reproduction
 
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A highlight of year 8 is usually a visit from the Education Officer from Belfast Zoo, along with a range of animals, to enrich our understanding of Living Things.
 
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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN YEAR 9?
 
Topic 1: Acids and Alkalis
Topic 2: Food, Diet and Teeth
Topic 3: Earth and Space
Topic 4: Electricity
Topic 5: The Atmosphere
 
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Highlights of year 9 may include a visit from the STEM Module and a STEM Day which includes a Science Show from W5, and meeting STEM Ambassadors to gather information about careers which involve Science, Technology and Maths.
 
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WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN YEAR 10?
 
BIOLOGY
 
Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms. The term biology is derived from the Greek word bios which means “life  and the suffix logia, which means “study of”. 
TOPIC 1: Digestion
TOPIC 2: Breathing and Respiration
TOPIC 3: Photosynthesis
TOPIC 4: Blood and Circulation
TOPIC 5: Microbiology
 
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CHEMISTRY
 
Chemistry is about the molecules all around us. It is about matter, specifically, how matter changes.  Studying Chemistry will allow you tolearn about why the things around us behave the way they do. In fact, we all do Chemistry every day! Chemistry explains why an egg changes when you fry it and why your non-stick pan is non-sticky. Chemistry explains how soap and shampoo make you clean, why you feel tired before coffee and alert after it, and how the petrol in your car gets you to work.  In fact you start doing some Chemistry yourself as soon as your eyes open - your sense of vision works because a small organic molecule changes shape in the back of your eye when light hits it!
 
TOPIC 1: Building Blocks
TOPIC 2: Metals And Their Reactions
TOPIC 3: Materials
TOPIC 4: Atomic Structure
 
 
 
PHYSICS
 
Physics is the branch of science concerned with the study of how energy and matter behave. It is a pre-requisite for many Engineering and Medical careers. 
TOPIC 1: Forces
TOPIC 2: Moments and Pressure
TOPIC 3: Light
TOPIC 4: Heat Transfer
TOPIC 5: Sound
 
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