Science KS4 Year 9 Learning Path

KS4 Year 9 Learning Path starting September 2017

Edexcel Entry Level Science Certificate

This qualification enables students to:
•  acquire a body of basic scientific knowledge and an understanding of some important scientific ideas
•  develop basic experimental and investigative abilities
•  recognise the difference between scientific and non-scientific ideas and explanations
•  develop a basic understanding of some of the important technological and environmental applications of science and the economic, ethical and social implications
•  develop appropriate literacy, numeracy and ICT skills

Benefits include:

•  recognises achievement at National Curriculum Levels 1, 2 and 3
•  meets the needs of students with special educational needs
•  meets the requirements of students with learning difficulties
•  motivates students by recognising small steps of achievement

Autumn
2017

Drugs and bacteria
VIDEO HOMEWORK

In this topic, students will explore:

•  the general effects of the four major drug types on the human body
•  how reaction times are affected by drugs
•  the implications of drug misuse
•  the spread of infectious diseases by pathogens
•  measures to reduce the spread of infectious diseases
•  use of antibiotics to control infection.

Acids and metals
VIDEO HOMEWORK

In this topic, students will explore:

•  some properties of metals and non-metals
•  metals in the Earth
•  neutralisation reactions
•  how to test for some gases.

Spring
2018

Fuels
VIDEO
HOMEWORK

In this topic, students will explore:

•  fuels
•  useful substances produced from crude oil
•  pollution and the environment, including the greenhouse effect
•  sustainability

Waves and radiation
VIDEO HOMEWORK

In this topic, students will explore:

•  uses of converging lenses
•  how to describe waves
•  the visible spectrum
•  the electromagnetic spectrum
•  ionising and other radiation.

Summer
2018

Classification and variation
VIDEO HOMEWORK

In this topic, students will explore:

•  the structure of a simple animal cell and a simple plant cell
•  the classification of living things
•  variations in humans
•  inheritance of characteristics
•  genetic disorders

Changes in humans and plants
VIDEO HOMEWORK

In this topic, students will explore:

•  keeping body conditions constant
•  hormones
•  the nervous system
•  changes in plant growth.

Autumn
2018

The Earth, it’s atmosphere and chemical reactions
VIDEO HOMEWORK

In this topic, students will explore:

•  the atmosphere – how it has changed over time
•  igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks
•  atoms and chemical reactions.

Earth and space

VIDEO HOMEWORK

In this topic, students will explore:
•  the structure of the Earth ??the nature, location and harmful effects of earthquakes

•  different ways of finding out information about our Universe, including the use of optical telescopes and their limitations
•  the use of secondary data on the Solar System and earthquakes.

Spring
2019

Electricity and energy
VIDEO HOMEWORK

In this topic, students will explore:

•  the generation of electricity using a variety of energy sources
•  avoiding wastage
•  the efficient and safe use of electricity.

As Below

Summer
2019

Pearson BTEC Firsts: Principles of Applied Science Level 1/2

UNIT 1: PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE
VIDEO HOMEWORK

Learning aim A: Explore cells, organs and genes

Learning aim B: Explore the roles of the nervous and endocrine systems in homeostasis and communication

Learning aim C: Explore atomic structure and the periodic table

Learning aim D: Explore substances and chemical reactions

Learning aim E: Explore the importance of energy stores, energy transfers and energy transformations

Learning aim F: Explore the properties and applications of waves in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Assessment for this unit is by a 60-minute examination with 54 marks.

The paper will consist of three sections. Section A will be biology, Section B will be chemistry and Section C will be physics.

Each section will be worth 18 marks.

Year-11

Autumn
2019

UNIT 2: CHEMISTRY AND OUR EARTH
HOMEWORK

Learning aim A: Investigate chemical reactivity and bonding

Learning aim B: Investigate how the uses of chemical substances depend on their chemical and physical properties

Learning aim C: Investigate the factors involved in the rate of chemical reactions

Learning aim D: Understand the factors that are affecting the Earth and its environment

Internal Assessment

Spring
2020

UNIT 3: ENERGY AND OUR UNIVERSE
VIDEO HOMEWORK

Learning aim A: Understand ionising radiation, its uses and sources

Learning aim B: Know how electrical energy produced from different sources can be transferred through the National Grid to homes and industry

Learning aim C: Know the components of the Solar System, the way the Universe is changing and the methods we use to explore space

Internal Assessment

Summer
2020

UNIT 4: BIOLOGY AND OUR ENVIRONMENT
VIDEO
HOMEWORK

Learning aim A: Investigate the relationships that different organisms have with each other and with their environment

Learning aim B: Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of human activity on the environment and how these effects can be measured

Learning aim C: Explore the factors that affect human health

Internal Assessment