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Christ's College Finchley

Science

Introduction

Science is a popular, successful and vibrant department at CCF.

We have 10 teaching rooms and 1 computer suite located on the top floor of the school.  Each teaching room is equipped for practical work.

We are proud that pupils enjoy their science lessons greatly and work hard to make good progress.  A large proportion of students study Triple Science at GCSE and Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are popular and over-subscribed courses at A-Level.

Contact details

Please contact the Head of Department for more information. A full teaching staff list can be found under 'About Us' 'Staff and Governance'.

Head of Department: Mr J Oliver  Email: jko@ccfplus.com 

What your child will be learning (curriculum mapping)

To view the modules studied each term, please click here.

Aims and enrichment

Aims

Our aim as a department is to offer a vibrant, enjoyable and awe-inspiring science curriculum to pupils.

Lessons are designed to get pupils thinking and discussing ideas.

All pupils get formative and verbal feedback on a regular basis to ensure that they know how to make the necessary progress. 

We also organise experiences outside the classroom such as museum trips and visits to London’s universities for talks.

The curriculum design allows many opportunities to apply what is learnt to real life experiences.

Enrichment

We organise experiences outside the classroom such as museum trips and visits to London’s universities for talks.

Keep an eye out for exciting events happening in school such as the recent visit from Professor Robert Winston!

Key stage 3

KS3 topics and content continue from yr7 into year 8, establishing the building blocks necessary for GCSE content in year 9.

Topics are as follows;

Year 7:

Organisms 1 - Cells

Energy 1 - Energy and their stores

Matter 1 - Particles and separation techniques

Forces 1 - Forces and motion

Ecosystems 1 - Food chains and interdependence

Electromagnetism 1 - Electrical circuits and magnets

Reactions 1 - Acids, Alkalis and metal reactions

Waves 1 - Types of waves, light and sound

Genes 1 - Genetic information and sexual reproduction

Energy 2 - Work, moments and thermal transfer

Matter 2 - Elements and bonding

Year 8 (to start from September 2022)

Earth 2 - Climate and Resources

Electromagnetism 2 - Further electrical circuits and electromagnets

Forces 2 - Hooke's law, pressure and Newton's Laws

Genes 2 - Evolution and inheritance

Organisms 2 - Breathing and Digestion

Organisms 3 - Respiration, the circulatory system and photosynthesis

Reactions 2 - Chemical energy and types of reactions

Waves 2 - The Electromagnetic spectrum and further sound

Preparation courses for KS4 - Development of the atomic model and Measurements in Science

Key stage 4

All science pupils follow the AQA curriculum.

Triple Science students follow the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE courses.

Combined science students follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy GCSE course.

Information on all courses can be found here: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse

All students will be provided with login details for the Kerboodle online textbook and learning resources.

Other resources:

timestutorials.co.uk

www.bbc.co.uk/education

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.samlearning.com (pupils need log on details)

As well as pupils completing set homework, they are expected to practice past examination papers and use provided resources to back-up their learning.

Key stage 5

Sciences at CCF are very popular with large numbers of students studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A-Level.

Biology

Year 12 and 13 students follow the AQA specification (filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF )

All students will be provided with login details for the Kerboodle online textbook and learning resources.

Chemistry

Year 12 and 13 specification and assessment materials are available here: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405

All students will be provided with login details for the Kerboodle online textbook and learning resources.

Physics

Pupils follow the Edexcel/Pearson specification

Year 12 and 13 specification and assessment materials are available here: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/physics-2015.html