Science

"The Science department believes that all students have equal worth and they have the right to equal opportunities for personal development. Department aims are as follows:

  • To maintain and stimulate student curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science.
  • To enable students to be familiar with a body of scientific knowledge, principles and vocabulary.
  • To enable students to see science in the context of a wider body of knowledge and skills.
  • To enable students to understand and use scientific method, with safety being a major consideration.
  • To provide a well organised, stimulating and pleasant environment.
  • To enable students to develop politeness, perseverance, initiative, self-discipline, independence and the motivation to succeed.
  • To enable independent learning and teamwork in students.
  • To ensure that all students achieve their maximum potential allowing equal access to science and experience enjoyment and success in their science work.
  • To develop an awareness in students of the implications of science (past and present) for the individual, the community and the environment; that application of sciences can be both beneficial and detrimental.
  • To allow students to develop informed opinions and to be able to support them by reasonable arguments.
  • To promote awareness that the study and practice of science are cooperative and cumulative activities; and are subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations.
  • To support the language college status of the school by sharing with students how ideas in science have changed over time and the role that leading international scientists have taken in changing our views of the scientific world."

A wide range of courses are provided for all students of all interests and abilities to develop scientific enquiry skills and an understanding of the processes of the natural world.

KS3 

The National Curriculum is broken down into units lasting approximately four weeks. For each unit, goals are clearly defined so that students can track their own progress. Practical skills and techniques are developed throughout the course.

Year 7 topics studied provide a broad foundation for future scientific study: 

  • 7E Mixtures and separation
  • 7H Atoms, elements and compounds
  • 7A Cells tissues, organs and systems
  • 7B Sexual Reproduction in animals
  • 7J Electricity
  • 7K  Forces
  • 7D Ecosystems
  • 7I Energy and Changes
  • 7F Acids and Bases
  • 7G Particle Model
  • 7C Muscles and bones
  • 7L Sound

Click to download and view the Year 7 curriculum overview

Year 8 topics:

  • 8I Fluids
  • 8K Energy Transfers
  • 8F The Periodic Table
  • 8G Metals and their uses
  • 8A Food and Nutrition
  • 8C Breathing and Respiration
  • 8J Light
  • 8E Combustion
  • 8D Unicellular Organisms
  • Plants and photosynthesis
  • Forces and motion
  • Space

Click to download and view the Year 8 curriculum overview

Click to download and view the Year 9 GCSE curriculum overview

KS4 GCSE

Students start GCSE courses in Year 9.

Courses offered at Key Stage 4 include:

AQA GCSE Combined Sciencetrilogy  8464

AQA GCSE Biology 8461

AQA GCSE Chemistry 8462

AQA GCSE Physics 8463

These are linear qualifications and so the assessment is taken at the end of year 11.

A range of question types will be used, including multiple choice, short answer and those that require extended responses. Extended response questions will be of sufficient length to allow students to demonstrate their ability to construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning which is coherent, relevant, substantiated and logically structured. Extended responses may be prose, extended calculations, or a combination of both, as appropriate to the question.

Click links below to download documents.

Year 10 Combined Science overview

Year 10 Separate overview

Year 11 Combined Science overview 

Year 11 Separate Science overview

Extra curricular

  • Robotics Club
  • Science Club
  • Christmas Lecture at Imperial College 

Laboratory Rules

ALL students WITHOUT exception MUST follow the rules of safety regarding laboratory use:

  1. Do not enter a laboratory without permission.
  2. Never run in the lab.
  3. Never taste or put anything in your mouth in the laboratory. If you get something into your mouth, spit it out at once and wash your mouth out with water.
  4. Always wash your hands carefully after handling chemicals. 
  5. Always wear eye protection when you are told to do so by your teacher.
  6. When using a Bunsen burner, make sure that ties, hair etc. are tied back or tucked away.
  7. If you get burnt or splash chemicals ion your skin, wash the affected part with lots of water.
  8. Keep your bench and nearby floor clear, with bags and coats well out of the way.
  9. Never take anything from the lab without permission.
  10. All accidents and breakages – however minor – must be reported to your teacher at once.

Qualification Information

Examination Offered

Options

Exam Specification

Progression options

Assessment

Combined Science

GCSE

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A Level

Terminal exams and controlled assessments

Chemistry

GCSE

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A Level

Terminal exams and controlled assessments

 

Biology

GCSE

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A Level

Terminal exams (linear from 2014)and controlled assessments

Physics

GCSE

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A Level

Terminal exams (Linear from 2014) and controlled assessments

For further information about Science qualifications please contact Ms R Khan

St Thomas More Language College,
Cadogan Street, Chelsea,
London, SW3 2QS