Science KS4 curriculum contents list Year 9

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Science KS4 curriculum contents list

Year 9

In this year students prepare for and start their GCSE studies.

Term 1

Here they study work from KS3 necessary as a basic understanding of GCSE.



Energy & power generation



Materials



Plants & Classification

Term
2 & 3

Here students are taught How Science Works & experimental skills needed for controlled
assessment at GCSE. This is taught alongside the first unit (B1, C1 or P1) of GCSE Science.

Year 10 & 11

During these two years students will follow one of the fol
lowing options:

Option 1. GCSE Science

Option 2. GCSE Science followed by GCSE Additional Science

Option 3. GCSE Biology, Chemistry & Physics


Option 1 GCSE Science:

Students taking this option would study units B1, C1 & P1 in year 10 followed by units
B2,
C2 & P2 in year 11. During the two years each student would undertake a controlled
assessment task and 2 GCSE exams. This course would be taken by those who would
struggle with 2 GCSE’s in Science.

Option 2 GCSE Science & GCSE Additional Science:

This
option would be taken by the majority of students. This would cover the same units,
assessment & exams as above in GCSE Science, but all in year 10. Then in year 11 it would
cover GCSE additional Science consisting of units B3, B4, C3, C4, P3 & P4 along wi
th another
controlled assessment task and 2 exams in the June.



Option 3 Separate Sciences:

This option would be taken by the gifted & talented Scientist & those intending further
study in the sciences. This course covers all the above units 1
-
6 in three
science subjects.
Each Science will have a controlled assessment task and 2 GCSE exams.


Curriculum taught in each option.

Below is the full list of units of work covered during each of these courses:

Core science

Biology

Unit B1: Understanding ourselves



Fitness and diet



Disease and immunity



The nervous system and homeostasis



Drugs, tobacco and alcohol



Variation and inheritance



Plant growth


Unit B2: Understanding our environment



Classification and food chains



Carbon and nitrogen cycle



Competition,
interdependence and adaptations



Evolution



Pollution and sustainability



Chemistry

Unit C1: Carbon Chemistry



Crude oil and hydrocarbons



Carbon fuels and air pollution



Alkanes, alkenes and polymers



Cooking and food additives



Smells, nail varnish and testing



Paints and pigments


Unit C2: Chemical resources



Structure of the Earth and plate tectonics



Construction materials and concrete



Copper, alloys and corrosion



Making ammonia



Acids and alkalis and making fertilisers



Chemicals from salt and electrolysis



Physics

Unit P1: Energy for the home



Heat and temperature



Conduction, convection and radiation



Insulation and energy efficiency



Electromagnetic spectrum



Analogue and digital



Seismic waves


Unit P2: Living for the future



Generating electricity



Global warmin
g



Power



Fossil fuels and biomass



Radiation



Solar system


Additional Science

Biology

Unit B3: Living and growing



DNA and genes



Proteins and enzymes



Respiration and exercise



Mitosis and meiosis



Circulatory system



Selective breeding



Genetic engineering and
cloning


Unit B4: It’s a green world



Identification keys



Photosynthesis and the leaf



Plant structure



Transpiration



Plant minerals



Decay and recycling



Intensive and organic farming


Chemistry

Unit C3: Chemical economics



Rates of reaction



Relative formula ma
ss



Conservation of mass



Percentage yield



Energy and reactions



Nanochemistry


Unit C4: The periodic table



Atomic structure, Ionic and covalent bonding



Group 1 and 7 elements



Transition elements



Metallic structure



Superconductors



Purifying water




Physics

Unit P3: Forces and motion



Speed and stopping distances



Work and power



Kinetic energy



Momentum



Collisions and car safety



Gravitational potential energy


Unit P4: Electricity, waves and radiation



Electrostatics



Current and resistance



Longitudinal waves and

ultrasound



Radioactivity and uses of radiation



Nuclear power



Chain reactions and nuclear fusion


Units for separate sciences only

Biology

Unit B5: The living body



Skeletons, muscles and joints



Circulatory and respiratory systems



Digestive and excretory sy
tems



Reproductive system



Growth



Transplants


Unit B6: Beyond the microscope



Bacteria, fungi and viruses



Transmission and development of disease



Useful bacteria and brewing



Biofuels



Life in soil and water



Enzymes



Genetic engineering



DNA fingerprinting




Chemistry

Unit C5: Quantitative analysis



Moles and molar mass



Percentage composition and empirical formulae



Concentration and dilution



pH curves and titrations



Equilibria



Making sulphuric acid



Making insoluble compounds



Testing ions


Unit C6: Chemistry out

there



Electrolysis of solutions



Fuel cells



Redox reactions and rusting



Fermentation and alcohols



The ozone layer



Water hardness



Emulsions, soap and detergents


Physics

Unit P5: Space for reflection



Satellites



Equations of motion



Projectiles



Momentum
changes



Waves through the atmosphere



The ionosphere and diffraction



Light, refraction and dispersion



Lenses and lens diagrams


Unit P6: Electricity for gadgets



Resistance, voltage and current



Potential divider



LDRs, thermistors and resistors



Logic gates



Dynamo effect



Transformers and their uses



Diodes and capacitors




This is an overview of the course for each year.


Further details are included in the Scheme of Work for this subject.


If you wish a copy of the scheme of work you should contact the
schoo
l office.

If it is a printed document we will have to make a small photocopying
charge, in accordance with school policies.


Please note the Scheme of Work is a working document which changes
as the year progresses.