Science – opening minds and expanding our horizons.

 Our aim is that students develop the skills to make sense of the world around them. In doing this they develop the ability to analyse, interpret, consider and question what they see. We deliver the four key strands of science: biology, chemistry, physics and investigative skills.

Students of all abilities are encouraged to do their very best in science and we have developed a programme of education accessible to all by having a range of courses available including an inclusive KS3 course for year 7 and 8. This is followed in Year 9 by GCSE Triple Science, running alongside the Trilogy Combined Science double award GCSE. All pupils leave The Peele Community College having completed at least a double GCSE Science course


Key Stage 3 Science

In Years 7 and 8 students study ‘Smart Science’, a comprehensive programme covering Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Investigation Skills.

Biology – the investigation of all living things. Includes cell structure; DNA;  classification of living things;  how the human body works and how to look after it;  how living things interact with their environments and how humans are changing the environment.

Chemistry – the investigation of what substances are made of and what they do. Includes atoms, molecules and how they join together; how substances change when we heat or cool them;  how we can catalogue all substances by understanding what elements are and what properties they have; how we can react substances together to generate energy or to make new substances; why there are only limited amounts of many substances, and how we can use them more wisely so that we don’t run out of them.

Physics – the investigation of matter and energy – it’s all about how things work. Includes what forces and energy are and how we can find and use them; what sound and light are made from and how they behave;  how electricity and magnetism work and what we can use them for;  how we live on a planet, orbiting a star, in a galaxy of billions of stars in a Universe of billions of galaxies; how scientists create theories and laws to explain how the Universe works; how we can predict things and carry out experiments to test if we are right.


Students also learn how to plan and carry out investigations, and how to handle data and present and explain their findings from an investigative activity.


 Key Stage 4 Science

The AQA Trilogy Science course introduces students to fundamental ideas in scientific theory and helps them learn practical skills through topical investigations. Science is a set of ideas about the material world. The Course includes all the parts of what good science is at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. The way scientific ideas flow through the specification will help to develop a deeper understanding of science. This will involve talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through models. This specification encourages the development of knowledge and understanding in science through opportunities for working scientifically. There is a series of ‘Required Practicals’ which all students have to complete during the course. These practical activities are then covered during the exam in place of coursework. To support students with their studies, we have access to the ‘Collins Connect’ website. This is used for setting Home Learning tasks and can also be used for revision. Students have access to an online copy of all the text books and a large number of lesson and revision resources to enable them to study outside of lessons.

The specification covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is a three year course with all the examinations at the end of year 11. Students will sit six examinations, two in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics. Each examination is one hour and fifteen minutes in length and worth 16.7% of the final grade. Students can be entered at either Foundation or Higher tier.

The topics covered during the course are as follows:


1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology



Paper 1 topics 1-4 50%;

 Paper 2 topics 5-7 50%

Both Papers will be 1hr15mins


 Each paper is made up of

•40% Recall of Knowledge

•40% Apply knowledge

•20% Analyse information

•10% of the overall paper will be math skills

•15% of the overall paper will be based on the 6 practicals students have to complete during the course



8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources



Paper 1 topics 1-5 50%;

Paper 2 topics 6-10 50%

Both Papers will be 1hr15mins


Each paper is made up of

•40% Recall of Knowledge

•40% Apply knowledge

•20% Analyse information

•20% of the overall paper will be math skills

•15% of the overall paper will be based on the 6 practicals students have to complete during the course



 18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism



Paper 1 topics 2,4,6,7 50%;

Paper 2 topics 1,3,5,8 50%

Both Papers will be 1hr15mins.

Each paper is made up of

•40% Recall of Knowledge

•40% Apply knowledge

•20% Analyse information

•30% of the overall paper will be math skills

•15% of the overall paper will be based on the 6 practicals students have to complete during the course


 Students will have 9 hours of science lessons per fortnight and 1 hour of science Home Learning per week. The majority of Home Learning will be based on the Collins Connect website. We believe that Home Learning is vital for improving results for our students and studies have shown that any time spent on consolidating learning at home has a positive effect on GCSE results.



Mrs Moody – Head of Science

Mr Clay – Second in Science

Mrs Butler – Teacher of science

Miss Nelson – Teacher of Science

Mrs Lawton – Teacher of Science

Mr Harpham – Teacher of Science and Assistant Head Teacher

Mrs Turkson-Jones – Teacher of Science and Deputy Head Teacher

Mrs Warrick – HLTA Science Intervention Co-ordinator

Mrs Orbell – Science Technician


 Subject specific information

We are developing our links with Primary schools to promote science learning at KS2 and to ease the transition up to KS3. Staff from the dept visit primary schools during the summer term to carry out science activities with year 6 students. We run a science club once a week at Wednesday Lunchtime for those who would like to learn more and to have a go at some more independent investigative work. We are hoping to set up an Astronomy Club in the near future, to include the option of completing a GCSE in Astronomy if students wish to do so.

 We run after school revision every Monday and Friday for GCSE students and Sc1 is open every break and lunch, with a member of the Science staff, for help with homework and revision for all years.

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