Wakefield City Academy

Wakefield City Academy

An Academy of Excellence
“An Outstanding School” Ofsted 2004/05, 2007/08 & 2012/13

Science

Year 7

In year 7, students will study basic science skills, followed by a combination of experimental discovery within the context of the following topics:

  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Cells, tissues and organs
  • Energy
  • Chemical reactions and energy changes
  • Waves (electromagnetic, other types and their characteristics)

Learning in lesson will be reinforced through a variety of learning homework tasks. Students’ skills and knowledge will be assessed through observation of their practical abilities, scientific enquiry skills and more traditional end of topic tests.

 Year 8

In year 8, students will study basic science skills, followed by a combination of experimental discovery within the context of the following topics:

  • Being alive (diet, digestion, breathing, circulation, respiration, circulation & diseases)
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Materials and the earth; human activity, gases and global warming
  • Living processes – photosynthesis, genetics, reproduction
  • Forces and motion

Learning in lesson will be reinforced through a variety of learning homework tasks. Students’ skills and knowledge will be assessed through observation of their practical abilities, scientific enquiry skills and more traditional end of topic tests.

 Year 9

In year 9, the students begin to study their GCSE work, using what they have learned in previous years as a good foundation for understanding. Students will cover:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisations
  • Infection and response
  • Atomic structure
  • Bonding
  • Chemical change
  • Energy
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure

Given the increased demand of the GCSE courses, students will be asked to make and keep a folder of study notes, which will be build up into an incredibly useful resource for them to use in preparation for the year 11 final exams. Students will also be asked to begin memorising the physics equations needed to access these exams – this practice will continue throughout the GCSE course.

 Year 10

In year 10, students will continue their GCSE course, comprising the following topics:

  • Bioenergetics
  • Variation & evolution
  • Ecology
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Energy changes
  • Rate & extent chemical change
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Magnetism & electromagnetism

Students will continue to build their independent study notes, to enable them to enter year 11 with the best foundation for the final exams. Students will also continue to practice the physics equations so that this base knowledge retention does not hinder the expression of their science knowledge in the final exams.

 Year 11

In year 11, the following new topics will be addressed:

  • Homeostasis & response
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Forces

 

The remainder of this year will be used to review and revise previous learning, and to practise exam technique and experimental understanding to enable the best outcomes at the end of their learning.