Science

General Information

Pupils study Science throughout their time at Hull Trinity House Academy, with Key Stage 3 pupils having three lessons per week and Key Stage 4 pupils having a minimum of six lessons per week. 

The Science Department is located on the fourth floor.  We have five teaching rooms (with practical demonstration areas) and two laboratories (which are used solely for practical work) and one preparation room.

Practical work is an integral part of all of our courses and it is used to enhance learning of the subject matter and to increase understanding of how the world of Science works.

Peer and self-assessments also form an integral part of Science lessons, encouraging pupils to learn from each other and to improve their work based on feedback from both the teacher and other pupils.

 

Staffing

We have six full-time members of teaching staff and one laboratory technician:

Staff Member
Role and Specialism
 Mrs. L. Mackinder
 Subject Leader of Science Specialist in Biology and Chemistry.
 Mrs. L. Cook
 Second in Department Specialist in Biology and Physics.
 Mr. D. Connor
 Science Teacher House Leader of Johnson House Specialist in Chemistry.
 Miss G. Calvert
 Science Teacher Specialist in Biology.
 Mrs J. Cheesbrough
 Science Teacher Specialist in Biology.
 Mr. N. Goodman
 Science Teacher  Vice Principal Specialist in Physics.
 Miss L. Jenner
 Laboratory Technician

  

Key Stage 3

Pupils have 3 lessons per week of ‘Science’ lessons.  These lessons are grouped to cover separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. Pupils have regular ‘end of topic’ tests (approximately one per half term) to assess their progress.

 

Key Stage 4

(As with Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 pupils have regular ‘end of topic’ tests to assess their progress)

 Key Stage 4 pupils have a choice of one of two pathways for studying Science:

 

1. Trilogy (this was previously known as ‘Combined Science’).

Pupils following this course will have five lessons of Science per week: These lessons will rotate between different teachers who will teach the different areas of the course. Each of the components: Chemistry, Physics, Biology and coursework carry a 33% weighting towards the final grade.

Exam Board: AQA
Biology
16.7%
 
Paper 1 Higher and foundation.
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short   answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes worth 70 marks
Topics covered: Cell biology, Organisation. Infection and response and Bioenergetics
16.7%
 
Paper 2 Higher and foundation.
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short   answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes worth 70 marks
Topics covered:. Homeostasis and   response,  Inheritance, variation and   evolution and  Ecology
Chemistry
16.7%
 
Paper 1. Higher and foundation.
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes worth 70 marks
Topics covered: Atomic   structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter,  Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes   and  Energy changes
16.7%
 
Paper 2 Higher and foundation.
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short   answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes worth 70 marks
Topics covered: The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources
Physics
16.7%
 
Paper 1 Higher and foundation.
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short   answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes worth 70 marks
Topics covered: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter and  Atomic structure
16.7%
 
Paper 2 Higher and foundation.
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short   answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes worth 70 marks
Topics covered: Forces, Waves andMagnetism and electromagnetism
Content
See topics covered within exam information
Revision Resources
 - BBC GCSE Bitesize website
 - Pearson trilogy revision guides – available to purchase in school
 - Pearson trilogy work books – available to purchase in school
 - GCSEpod website (you will need your login information for this)
 - Kerboodle website - the online textbook (you will need your login information for this)
Revision Techniques
Mini Revision Booklet
 
Take the topic heading for your subject and a few pieces of paper and then attempt to write concise summaries containing key information under each. This is a useful way to see what you know and create a resource that is easy to understand.
It is important that this is done completely from memory towards the end of your revision. Points you miss out can be put in an appendix section called 'points to remember'. 
Past Papers and Questions
When attempting past papers, always answer the question that is being asked and look for the number of marks. When you have completed the question or paper use a mark scheme to mark your work and write (in a different colour) any points you missed – revise these areas in more detail
Teach someone else
Find a friend or family member, or even a pet. Teach them a section from a topic, feel free to draw diagrams to show them ideas and concepts. Ask them questions to check their understanding – if they can answer your questions then you understand   the topic
Cue cards
Cue cards are always handy for when you're out and about. List definitions, equations and units that you need to know. Or write key words from which you can fill in the gaps to tell the whole story.

 

2. Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Pupils have 6 lessons of Science per week and these lessons are divided between the three aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in line with their weighting towards the final grade.

Exam Board: AQA
Biology, Chemistry, Physics
50%
Exam 1 Higher and foundation.
Written exam including structured and closed questions and at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context. 1 hour 45 minutes worth 100 marks
 
Biology: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; and Bioenergetics.
Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes; and Energy changes.
Physics: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; and Atomic structure.
50%
Exam 2 Higher and foundation.
Written exam including structured and closed questions and at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context. 1 hour 45 minutes worth 100 marks
 
Biology: Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; and Ecology
Chemistry: The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; and Using resources
Physics: Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; and Space physics.
Content
Biology - Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology
Chemistry - Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources
Physics – Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism and Space physics
Revision Resources
 - BBC GCSE Bitesize website
 - Pearson triple science revision guides – available to purchase in school
 - Pearson triple science work books – available to purchase in school
 - GCSEpod website (you will need your login information for this)
 - Kerboodle website - the online textbook (you will need your login information for this)
Revision Techniques
Mini Revision Booklet
 
Take the topic heading for your subject and a few pieces of paper and then attempt   to write concise summaries containing key information under each. This is a useful way to see what you know and create a resource that is easy to understand.
It is important that this is done completely from memory towards the end of your   revision. Points you miss out can be put in an appendix section called 'points to remember'. 
Past Papers and Questions
When attempting past papers, always answer the question that is being asked and look for the number of marks. When you have completed the question or paper use a mark scheme to mark your work and write (in a different colour) any points you missed – revise these areas in more detail
Teach someone else
Find a friend or family member, or even a pet. Teach them a section from a topic, feel free to draw diagrams to show them ideas and concepts. Ask them questions to check their understanding – if they can answer your questions then you understand the topic
Cue cards
Cue cards are always handy for when you're out and about. List definitions, equations and units that you need to know. Or write key words from which you can fill in the gaps to tell the whole story.

 

The decision regarding which pathway to follow is the pupil’s choice.  The extra lessons needed for studying the Separate Science course are taken from one of the option groups.

We use the AQA exam board for all of our GCSE Science courses.  The main text books that we use for study are the Nelson Thornes AQA GCSE texts (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Collins AQA Core Science and Additional Science text books.  Pupils are encouraged to use BBC bitesize and GCP revision guides to help them with their homework and additional learning/revising.

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Key Stage 4 revision/intervention sessions take place every other week on a Tuesday after school.  These are run by Mrs. Cook and cover aspects of the three sciences in which pupils have shown additionbal help could be beneficial.

In July 2018 some of our Key Stage 4 pupils will be accompanying Mrs. Cook on a visit to Cern in Switzerland.