Science - Year 10

Overview of the year:

In Year 10 Combined Science students have 10 lessons of Science a fortnight and Separate Science students will have 12 lessons of Science a fortnight. Students will be taught in sets. Students will study the GCSE combined Science Trilogy (AQA) or AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Separate Sciences). This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of Year 11 and the exams contribute 100% of their final grade. There will be 2 exam windows during the year. Students are expected to bring to each lesson a pen, pencil, ruler and scientific calculator.

Assessment:

There will be internal assessment carried out during two student tracking windows in Year 10. In the final GCSE exam, students will complete 6 exam papers: 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics; each contributing 16.7% of the final grade. Each written exam paper is 1 hour 15 mins for combined Science and 1 hour 45 mins for Separate Science and consists of multiple choice, structured, closed-short and open-response questions. There will be a total of 70 marks on each paper for Combined Science and 100 marks on each paper for Separate Science. Assessment is tiered; therefore students will study either Foundation or Higher tier from the beginning of Year 10.

Practical:

There are 21 practical activities that are to be carried out in each subject area during the course. These activities are planned to develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information, team work and evaluating findings. Students will be assessed on these skills within the written examination at the end of the course, with 15% of the exam based on these practical assessments.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Biology  
Cells, tissues and organ systems Understand the structure and function of the organ systems

Stem cells understand their use and ethical implications

Circulatory System Understand the structure of the heart, recall the composition of the blood and explain the characteristics of the blood vessels

Digestive System Understand the role of the digestive system and identify the main organs

Excretory system Understand the role of the kidneys in homeostasis and explain treatments for kidney failure

The eye Identify the parts of the human eye and explain its role

The brain structure and function

Respiratory System Explain the structure and function of the alveoli and explain aerobic and anaerobic respiration

Enzymes Understand the role of enzymes in the digestive system

Photosynthesis Understand how plants carry out the process and identify optimum conditions needed

Transpiration and tanslocation

Exchange Systems Understand the process of diffusion, osmosis and active transport  
Examinations during assessment windows

Exam style questions provided regularly

Recall quizzes & interleaving activities

Practical activities carried out within the Scheme of Learning

Practical application activities
Chemistry  
Atomic structure Understand the structure of the atom and explain how the model of the atom has changed over time

The periodic table Understand the properties of elements in various groups of the periodic table

Bonding Understand how ionic, covalent and metallic bonds form, explaining properties of each

Rates of reaction Explain factors that affect the rate of a chemical reaction

Potable water and waste water treatment understand how potable water is produced and explain how waste water is treated

Reactions of metals understand how metals react to form salts
Examinations during assessment windows

Exam style questions provided regularly

Recall quizzes & interleaving activities

Practical activities carried out within the Scheme of Learning

Practical application activities
Physics  
Speed, velocity, acceleration, distance-time graphs and velocity-time graphs Understand the difference between speed and velocity and be able to calculate distance, speed and acceleration from the appropriate graph

Newton's laws of motion - Know the 3 laws of motion and apply them to a given situation

Latent heat and internal energy Explain changes of state in terms of particles and carry out calculations involving latent heat

Calculating energy - Calculate kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, work done and the energy stored in a spring

Forces - explain laws of motion and calculate acceleration

Electromagnetic waves and magnetism - Know the shape of a magnetic field around a bar magnet and understand what is meant by induced magnetism

Atomic structure and radiation - Understand why the Rutherford scattering experiment led to a new model of the atom and recall the three types of radiation and their properties

Nuclear physics - recall the structure of the atom. Identify the 3 types of radiation and their properties and explain uses of each

Examinations during assessment windows

Exam style questions provided regularly

Recall quizzes & interleaving activities

Practical activities carried out within the Scheme of Learning

Practical application activities

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