Science

Science at BLS

The Science Department at Brine Leas encourages pupils to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of key scientific concepts and the skills to successfully carry out investigations. Pupils are actively encouraged to explore the All students will be placed into a set dependent upon their Science pathway chosen for key stage 4 and upon their attainment and progress in Years 7, 8 and 9. As a result, there are normally changes to sets at the start of Year 10 to take into account the different pathways chosen. There are two possible routes through the GCSE Science Curriculum. The first pathway is AQA Combined Science (Science Trilogy). It is the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is certificated jointly over a combined double GCSE. The second pathway is AQA Triple Science. It is the study of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with each certificated individually as three GCSE’s. Triple Science does require an Option.
There are two tiers of entry in both courses (Foundation Tier and Higher Tier). Trilogy students will sit 6, 1 hr 15 exams at the end of the course ( 2 for Biology, Chemistry and Physics). 15 % of the marks will test skills gained when carrying out required practicals throughout the course and 20% of marks overall will test maths skills. Triple scientists will sit 2, 1hr 45 exams per subject. Q5% of marks will test practical skills gained during the course and 10 % of the marks for biology,20% of the marks for Chemistry and 30% for Physics of marks will test maths skills.
relevance of science in our society and to evaluate its impact.

Teaching plans

Resources to support the topics can be found on the VLE and on the kerboodle website.

Term Topics taught – Trilogy (combined science)
Biology Chemistry Physics
Autumn Year 10
  • B3 Organisation and the digestive system
  • B4 Organising plants and animals
  • B5 Communicable disease
  • C3 Structure and bonding
  • C4 Chemical calculations
  • P3 Energy resources
  • P4 Electrical circuits
  • P5 Electricity in the home
Spring Year 10
  • B6 Preventing and treating disease
  • B7 Non communicable disease
  • C5 Chemical changes
  • C6 Electrolysis
  • P6 Molecules and matter
Summer Year 10
  • B8 Photosynthesis
  • B9 Respiration
  • C7 Energy Changes
  • P7 Radioactivity
Autumn Year 11
  • B10 The human nervous system
  • B11 Hormonal control in humans and plants
  • B12 Reproduction
  • B13 Variation and evolution
  • C8 Rates and Equilibrium
  • C9 Crude Oils and Fuels
  • C10 Chemical analysis
  • P8 Forces in balance
  • P9 Motion
  • P10 Forces and motion
Spring Year 11
  • B14 Genetics and evolution
  • B15 Adaptations and interdependence
  • B16 Organisation of an ecosystem
  • B17 The effect of human interactions on ecosystems and biodiversity
  • C11 Our atmosphere
  • C12 The Earth’s Resources
  • P11 Waves properties
  • P12 Electromagnetic waves
  • P13 Electromagnetism
Term Topics taught – Triple science
Biology Chemistry Physics
Autumn Year 10
  • B3 Organisation and the digestive system
  • B4 Organising plants and animals
  • B5 Communicable disease
  • C3 Structure and bonding
  • C4 Chemical calculations
  • C5 Chemical changes
  • P3 Energy resources
  • P4 Electrical circuits
  • P5 Electricity in the home
Spring Year 10
  • B6 Preventing and treating disease
  • B7 Non communicable disease
  • B8 Photosynthesis
  • B9 Respiration
  • C6 Electrolysis
  • C7 Energy Changes
  • P6 Molecules and matter
  • P7 Radioactivity
Summer Year 10
  • B10 The human nervous system
  • B11 Hormonal control in humans and plants
  • C8 Rates and Equilibrium
  • C9 Crude Oils and Fuels
  • P8 Forces in balance
  • P9 Motion
Autumn Year 11
  • B12 Homeostasis in action
  • B13 Reproduction
  • B14 Variation and evolution
  • B15 Genetics and evolution
  • CC10 Organic reactions
  • C11 Polymers
  • C12 Chemical analysis
  • C13 Our atmosphere
  • P10 Forces and motion
  • P11 Forces and pressure
  • P12 Waves properties
  • P13 Electromagnetic waves
Spring Year 11
  • B16 Adaptations and interdependence
  • B17 Organisation of an ecosystem
  • B18 The effect of human interactions on ecosystems and biodiversity
  • C14 The Earth’s Resources
  • C15 Using our resources
  • P14 Light
  • P15 Electromagnetism
  • P16 Space