Year 12 & 13 Science

 
 
 
 
 

The Team:

Mr Paul Dunn (Curriculum Leader)

Miss Jamie Murray (Lead Practitioner)

Mr Jay La Roche (KS4 Leader)

Mr David Barclay (KS3 Leader)

Mr Neil Denton (Assistant Principal)

Miss Sarah Chapman (Associate Assistant Principal)

Mr Mark Andrews (Director of Post 16)

Mrs Carly Wood

Miss Bethan Green

Mrs Mulvina Wallace

Mrs Anne Vallance

Mrs Ngozi Amaewhule

Mr Aaron Reed (Science Technician)

Mrs Lynda Debotte (Science Technician)

Biology

The examining board for Biology A-Level is Edexcel Biology B. You can find details about the course at

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/biology-b-2015.html

The specification covers lifestyle, transport, genes, health, development, plants, the environment and evolution. Examinations are terminal at the end of year 13 leading to an A-Level qualification in biology.

Chemistry

The examining board for Chemistry A-Level is Edexcel. You can find details about the course at

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/chemistry-2015.html

The specification covers atomic structure, bonding, redox, equilibrium, inorganic chemistry, kinetics and analytical chemistry. Examinations are terminal at the end of year 13 leading to an A-Level qualification in chemistry.

Physics

The examining board for Physics A-Level is Edexcel. You can find details about the course at

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/physics-2015.html

The specification covers mechanics, materials, waves, electricity, light, electric and magnetic fields, particle physics and cosmology.

Examinations are terminal at the end of year 13 leading to an A-Level qualification in physics.

Gifted and Talented

Students who are gifted and talented in science will show an interest in the natural world. They will want to explain observations and ask questions about how the world works. Students will be good at identifying patterns in observations and will be good at making connections between observations and theories. They will also be extremely critical of information they are given and will therefore be able to produce coherent, valid arguments.

Homework

The department follows the Academy policy on homework. Students will be expected to carry out research tasks, produce presentations and summary information sheets, answer examinations style question and prepare for assessments.

A statement about literacy

Literacy is important in science as conveying meaning is essential, particularly in examinations. At Cecil Jones Academy we concentrate on literacy through lessons where technical language is discussed and etymology of words is made clear, where it provides a benefit to a student's understanding. In addition, literacy is checked through marking of work.

Textbooks used

Biology

Edexcel AS/A level Biology B student book 1

Edexcel A level Biology B student book 2

Chemistry

Edexcel AS/A level Chemistry book 1

Edexcel A level Chemistry book 2

Physics

Edexcel AS/A level Physics book 1

Edexcel A level Physics book 2

Websites that students would find useful

BBC Science Homepage - general science news http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/

BBC Bitesize - general revision covering KS3-4 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/

BBC iPlayer Science Programmeshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/tv/categories/factual/science_and_nature

The Naked Scientist - a podcast by Cambridge University about news in sciencehttp://www.thenakedscientists.com/

BBC Radio Programme - In Our Time - scientific and historical discussionshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qykl

BBC Radio Programme - The Life Scientific - discussions with eminent scientistshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b015sqc7

iTunes U Science - lectures from some of the most prestigious universitieshttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/genre/itunes-u-science/id40000084?mt=10

TED - videos from leading designers, engineers, musicians and scientists about how they are changing the world http://www.ted.com/

How Stuff Works - explanations about how stuff works http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Popular Science - the magazine online http://www.popsci.com/

New Scientist - the magazine online http://www.newscientist.com/

YouTube Channel - Minute Physics - complex physics concepts explained quickly and through animations http://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics

PhET Interactive Simulations - science investigations that are interactivehttp://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/new

Stellarium - free planetarium software http://www.stellarium.org/

YouTube Channel - Vsauce - interesting questions and connections in sciencehttp://www.youtube.com/user/Vsauce

YouTube Channel - Veritasium - interesting questions in science and their explanationshttp://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium

Future courses

Students studying post 16 sciences will be equipped to study the equivalent subject at degree level.