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Science

“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the Universe around him and calls the adventure Science” - Edwin Hubble.

The Science Department at Walthamstow Academy is committed to ensuring that all students make rapid and sustained progress. The department aim to develop learners who have a thirst for knowledge and the creativity to become the Scientists of tomorrow. Through a continual promotion of scientific careers, educational trips and enrichment opportunities we aim to ensure that a large number of our students are able to pursue careers in Science.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students cover a broad curriculum of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and the development of Working Scientifically skills. Literacy development is also a key focus, with students producing extended pieces of scientific writing to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. Students are continually assessed throughout the course, completing assessment tasks and written exams.

Modules taught at Key Stage 3 are:

Year 7

  • Introduction to Science
  • Cells, Tissues and Organs
  • Reproduction and Variation
  • Particles
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Forces and Motion
  • Energy

Year 8

  • Energy for the Body
  • Energy and Electricity
  • Chemical Changes
  • Sustainable Earth 1
  • Sustainable Earth 2
  • Periodic Table

Year 9

  • The Reactivity Series        
  • Skeleton Project
  • Investigative Skills

 

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 there are a number of pathways that students may take. The aim of the Science Department is to choose the most appropriate pathway for students to ensure maximum success. The pathway allocated to students is based on their end of Key Stage 3 level (Year 9). Pupils begin studying AQA GCSE Science in the Spring Term of Year 9.

The pathways available are:

AQA Core Science (legacy specification)

  • Students will sit B1, C1 and P1 exams and will achieve 1 GCSE for Science.
  • Students will sit a total of three written exams in Year 11 worth 75% of their final grade.
  • Students will complete one Core Science Controlled Assessment ISA worth 25% of their final grade.

AQA Additional Science (legacy specification)

  • Students will sit B2, C2 and P2 exams and will achieve 1 GCSE for Additional Science.
  • Students will sit a total of three written exams in Year 11 worth 75% of their final grade.
  • Students will complete one Additional Science Controlled Assessment ISA worth 25% of their final grade.

AQA Separate Sciences - Biology, Chemistry and Physics (legacy specification)

  • Students will sit Biology, Chemistry and Physics exams and will achieve 1 GCSE in each of the Sciences.
  • Each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics consist of three written exams sat at the end of Year 11 which contribute towards 75% of their final grade for each Science.
  • Students will sit one Controlled Assessment for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics contributing to 25% of their final grade.

AQA Combined Science: Trilogy (new specification)

  • Students who do not choose Separate Sciences will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will achieve 2 GCSEs in Combined Science.
  • Students will sit a total of six written exams at the end of Year 11 covering the entire GCSE specification, which will account for 100% of their final grade.
  • Students are expected to complete required practical tasks throughout the course which can be assessed in the written exams.

AQA Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics (new specification)

  • Students who choose Triple Science as one of their option subjects will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will achieve 1 GCSE in each of the Sciences.
  • Students will sit a total of six exams in Year 11 worth 100% of their final grade.
  • Students are expected to complete required practical tasks throughout the course which can be assessed in the written exams.
  • The Separate Science route is only available to students who achieve an average level of at least 6.5 in Science at the end of KS3.

Covers of the Collins Science books used for the new specification at this level are shown below.

Key Stage 5

 

At Key Stage 5 we offer A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with the examining board AQA. These courses focus on developing scientific literacy, analytical skills and practical application.

All courses follow the new AQA specification and are examined through a linear approach, with all A-level exams taking place in the summer of Year 13. These comprise of three written exams, which include all topics covered from Years 12 and 13 and also practical content covered throughout the course.

AQA A-level Biology (7402)

A-level Biology will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? Being such a broad topic, you’re bound to find a specific area of interest, plus it opens doors to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Possible career options from studying Biology at university include medicine, clinical molecular genetics, veterinary science, and marine biology to name but a few.

You will study;

1. Biological molecules;

2. Cells;

3. Organisms exchange substances with their environment;

4. Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.

5. Energy transfers in and between organisms;

6. Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments;

7. Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems;

8. The control of gene expression.

AQA A-level Chemistry (7405)

A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question - ‘what is the world made of?’, and it is the search for this answer that makes the subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless.

Possible career options from studying Chemistry at university include analytical chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmacology, and toxicology.

You will study;

Physical Chemistry: atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle, thermodynamics, rate equations, the equilibrium constant Kp, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells.

Inorganic Chemistry: periodicity, Group 2 the alkaline Earth metals, Group 7(17) the halogens, properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, and reactions of ions in aqueous solution.

Organic Chemistry: introduction to organic chemistry, alkanes, halogenoalkanes, alkenes, alcohols, organic analysis, optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, NMR spectroscopy, and chromatography.

AQA A-level Physics (7408)

A-level Physics explores the fundamental nature of almost everything we know of. Physicists probe the furthest reaches of the Earth to study the smallest pieces of matter. Join them to enter a world deep beneath the surface of normal human experience.

Possible career options from studying Physics at university include Geophysics/field seismology, medical physics, meteorology, and structural engineering. You can also move into engineering, astrophysics, chemical physics, nanotechnology, renewable energy and more - the opportunities are endless.

You will study;

  • Measurements and their errors;
  • Particles and radiation;
  • Waves;
  • Mechanics and materials;
  • Electricity;
  • Further mechanics and thermal physics;
  • Fields and their consequences;
  • Nuclear physics;

Plus, one option from the following:

  1. Astrophysics;
  2. Medical physics;
  3. Engineering physics;
  4. Turning points in physics;
  5. Electronics.

Covers of the Collins Science books used for A-Level are shown below.

 

The Science Team

The Science Department at Walthamstow Academy is made up of enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about their subject. Students are encouraged to ask teachers about their degree subjects in order to promote careers in science.

  • Mr Amit Verma – Curriculum Leader Science
  • Mr Maurice Brosnan – 2iC Head of Physics
  • Dr Durga Srikanthan – 2iC Head of Chemistry; 2iC Sixth Form
  • Ms Xia Tran – 2iC Head of Biology; 2iC Sixth Form
  • Mr Shahzad Younis - 2iC KS3 Science
  • Mr Jahed Ahmed
  • Ms Halima Alam
  • Mr Oliver King – Assistant Principal: CPD and Challenge
  • Ms Nosheen Malik – 2iC Year 7
  • Ms Maha Matin
  • Ms Sarah Mir
  • Mr Khurram Mohammed
  • Ms Nina Mikolajczyk – Senior Science Technician
  • Mr Patrick Clancy – Science Technician
  • Ms Haajrah Assam - Science Technician
  • Mr Eric Aglagoh - Science Learning Support Assistant

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