Science

General Information

Pupils study Science throughout their time at Hull Trinity House Academy, with Key Stage 3 pupils having three lessons per week and Key Stage 4 pupils having a minimum of four lessons per week. 

The Science Department is located on the fourth floor of the Academy.

We have five teaching rooms (with practical demonstration areas) and two laboratories (which are used solely for practical work) and one preparation room.

Practical work is an integral part of all of our courses and it is used to enhance learning of the subject matter and to increase understanding of how the world of Science works.

Peer and self-assessments also form an integral part of Science lessons, encouraging pupils to learn from each other and to improve their work based on feedback from both the teacher and other pupils.

Staffing

We currently have the following staff in the Department:

Staff MemberRole and Specialism
 Mrs. L. Mackinder Subject Leader of Science
 Specialist in Biology and Chemistry.
 Mrs. K. Adams Science Teacher
 Second in Department

 Specialist in Chemistry
 Mr. D. Connor Science Teacher
 Specialist in Chemistry and Physics.
 House Leader of Johnson House
 Ms. K. Hamshaw-Hart Science Teacher
 Specialist in Biology.
 Mr. N. Goodman Science Teacher
 Vice Principal
 Specialist in Physics.
 Mr T. Hammond Laboratory Technician

Key Stage 3

Pupils have three Science lessons per week.  The lessons cover separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.

Pupils complete ‘Demonstrate’ tasks at the end of most of their lessons, which gives them a personal insight into their progress.  In addition, the pupils complete written tests during the year so that their teachers can assess their progress.

Key Stage 4

Pupils studying Combined Science (Trilogy) have four Science lessons per week in years 9 and 10, and five lessons of Science per week in year 11. 

The pupils who are studying Triple Science (separate sciences) have six lessons per week in each of years 9, 10 and 11. 

The Science lessons in Key Stage 4 cover separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics.

Pupils complete ‘Demonstrate’ tasks at the end of most of their lessons, which gives them a personal insight into their progress.  In addition, the pupils complete written tests during the year so that their teachers can assess their progress.

Key Stage 4 pupils will follow of one of two pathways for studying Science:

 

1. Combined Science (Trilogy)

Chemistry, Physics and Biology each carry a one-third weighting towards the final grade (equivalent to two GCSEs).

Exam Board: AQA
Biology16.7% Paper 1: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short-answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 70 marks.
Topics covered: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response and Bioenergetics.
16.7% Paper 2: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short-answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 70 marks. Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short-answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 70 marks.
Topics covered: Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.
Chemistry16.7% Paper 1: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short-answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 70 marks.
Topics covered: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes.
16.7% Paper 2: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short-answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 70 marks.
Topics covered: The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere and Using resources.
Physics16.7% Paper 1: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short-answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 70 marks.
Topics covered: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter and Atomic structure.
16.7% Paper 2: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including multiple choice, structured, closed short-answer, and open response: 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 70 marks.
Topics covered: Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism.
Content
See topics covered within exam information
Revision Resources
BBC GCSE Bitesize website 
Pearson Trilogy revision guides – available to purchase in school 
Pearson Trilogy work books – available to purchase in school 
GCSEpod website (you will need your login information for this) 
Kerboodle website - the online textbook (you will need your login information for this)
Revision Techniques
Mini Revision Booklet Take the topic heading for your subject and a few pieces of paper and then attempt to write concise summaries containing key information under each. This is a useful way to see what you know and create a resource that is easy to understand.It is important that this is done completely from memory towards the end of your revision. Points you miss out can be put in an appendix section called 'points to remember'. 
Past Papers and QuestionsWhen attempting past papers, always answer the question that is being asked and look for the number of marks. When you have completed the question or paper use a mark scheme to mark your work and write (in a different colour) any points you missed – revise these areas in more detail
Teach someone elseFind a friend or family member, or even a pet. Teach them a section from a topic, feel free to draw diagrams to show them ideas and concepts. Ask them questions to check their understanding – if they can answer your questions then you understand   the topic
Cue cardsCue cards are always handy for when you're out and about. List definitions, equations and units that you need to know. Or write key words from which you can fill in the gaps to tell the whole story.

 

2. Triple Science (Separate Sciences)

This course awards three GCSEs – one each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Exam Board: AQA
Biology GCSE50%Paper 1: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including structured and closed questions and at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context: 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 100 marks.
Topics covered: Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response and Bioenergetics.
50%Paper 2: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including structured and closed questions and at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context. 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 100 marks.
Topics covered: Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology.
Chemistry GCSE50%Paper 1: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including structured and closed questions and at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context. 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 100 marks.
Topics covered: Atomic structure and the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes and Energy changes.
50%Paper 2: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including structured and closed questions and at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context. 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 100 marks.
Topics covered: The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, and Using resources.
Physics GCSE50%Paper 1: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including structured and closed questions and at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context. 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 100 marks.
Topics covered: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, and Atomic structure.
50%Paper 2: Higher or Foundation
Written exam including structured and closed questions and at least one question assessing Quality of Written Communication in a science context. 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 100 marks.
Topics covered: Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism, and Space physics.
Content
See topics covered within exam information
Revision Resources
BBC GCSE Bitesize website 
Pearson Triple science revision guides – available to purchase in school 
Pearson Triple science work books – available to purchase in school 
GCSEpod website (you will need your login information for this) 
Kerboodle website - the online textbook (you will need your login information for this)
Revision Techniques
Mini Revision Booklet Take the topic heading for your subject and a few pieces of paper and then attempt   to write concise summaries containing key information under each. This is a useful way to see what you know and create a resource that is easy to understand.It is important that this is done completely from memory towards the end of your   revision. Points you miss out can be put in an appendix section called 'points to remember'. 
Past Papers and QuestionsWhen attempting past papers, always answer the question that is being asked and look for the number of marks. When you have completed the question or paper use a mark scheme to mark your work and write (in a different colour) any points you missed – revise these areas in more detail
Teach someone elseFind a friend or family member, or even a pet. Teach them a section from a topic, feel free to draw diagrams to show them ideas and concepts. Ask them questions to check their understanding – if they can answer your questions then you understand the topic
Cue cardsCue cards are always handy for when you're out and about. List definitions, equations and units that you need to know. Or write key words from which you can fill in the gaps to tell the whole story.

Pupils are guided as to which of the two courses would be most appropriate for them to follow.

We use the AQA exam board for all of our GCSE Science courses. 

The main textbooks that we use for study are the Oxford University Press AQA GCSE texts and the Collins AQA GCSE texts (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics).  Pupils are encouraged to use the Kerboodle online textbooks, BBC bitesize, and Pearson AQA Science revision guides to help with homework and additional learning/revising.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Key Stage 4 revision/intervention sessions take place on a Thursday after school.