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The Belvedere Academy

Science

Modern civilisation owes much to the development of scientific understanding, and we intend that the teaching of Science reflects this.  Firstly in terms of the historical and cultural impact of the key scientific developments of the past, but also in terms of the moral implications of the pursuit of modern and future scientific progress, for example in areas such as stem cell and genetic technologies, climate change, the further development of nuclear technology, pollution and ecological problems and resource depletion.  Links between scientific knowledge and related careers are regularly made during lessons, and the number of students who consistently progress from GCSE studies to scientific A levels in the pursuit of science-based careers is reflective of this.  Furthermore, to supplement what students receive in lessons, science and engineering extra-curricular activities, delivered both by Science teachers and external agencies, are provided wherever possible.

 

 

The Department

As the biggest department in the school, the Science Department are a fundamental part of what makes Belvedere so special! We are an enthusiastic and knowledgeable team with a shared vision and collaborative approach, based on the highest expectations of ourselves and our students.  Broadly divided into three main disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), we each have a particular favourite topic and field of expertise, so we learn new things from each other every day, showing we are a progressive and forward-thinking department. The dominant factor linking the individual teachers in our department is the enjoyment we get from teaching and inspiring the scientists of tomorrow. Despite studying three separate subjects within Science, the distinct areas have much in common. If you are eager to conduct experiments, or a mathematical master, you will get the opportunity to showcase your skills across all three subjects, either under the umbrella of 'Science' in Years 7 and 8, or as discreet subjects thereafter. Science is central to every aspect of our lives, it is our job to make Science relevant to you. Rather than studying topics in isolation we make them relatable, accessible and fun.

Course organisation

Science

Year 7

Half Terms

1 & 2

Laboratory skills.

The particle model of matter.

Cells and organisms.

Electricity.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Metals and non-metals, acids and alkalis. Ecology, genetics and reproduction.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Energy and space. Waves.
Year 8

Half Terms

1 & 2

Atoms, elements and compounds.

Processes of life.

Thermal energy.

Chemical reactions.

Half Terms

3 & 4

The respiratory and digestive systems.

Magnetic fields.

The Earth’s climate.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Genetics, variations and inheritance.

Investigative skills.

Forces.

Biology

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Cell structure.

Cell division and transport.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Continuation of cell division and transport.

Plant tissues and organs.

Half Terms

5 & 6

The digestive system.

The heart and lungs.

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Communicable diseases.

Continuation of communicable diseases.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Photosynthesis and respiration.

Homeostasis and response.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Continuation of homeostasis and response.

Inheritance.

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Variation and evolution.

Continuation of variation and evolution.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Ecology.

Continuation of ecology.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Exam preparation.

Exams.

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Cells and cell division.

Biological molecules.

Half Terms

3 & 4

The immune system.

Exchange and transport.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Genes and investigating diversity.

Bioenergetics.

Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Genetics and populations.

Energy transfer and nutrient cycles.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Nervous coordination and homeostasis.

The control of gene expression and gene technologies.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Exam preparation.

Exams.

Chemistry

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Particle model.

Solutions.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Chemical vs Physical changes.

Acids, bases & salts.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Combustion.

Metals.

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Atomic Structure.

Bonding.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Periodic table.

Chemical changes.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Energy changes.

Organic Chemistry.

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Chemical Analysis.

Quantitative Chemistry.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Rate of Reaction.

Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Revision.

Exams.

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Atomic Structure & Amount of substance.

Bonding & Introduction to Organic Chemistry.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Energetics & Organic Chemistry.

Kinetics & Equilibria & Organic Chemistry.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Redox & Periodicity & IR Spectroscopy.

Aromatic Chemistry & Rate equations.

Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Acid-Base Equilibria & Carbonyl Chemistry.

NMR Spectroscopy & Organic Synthesis.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Biochemistry and Electrochemical cells.

Thermodynamics & Transition metal chemistry.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Revision.

Exams.

Physics

Year 9

Half Terms

1 & 2

Energy resources and climate change.

Energy resources and climate change.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Electrical devices.

Atomic and nuclear physics.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Space and the universe.

Frontiers in physics.

Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Energy.

Direct current electricity.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Mains electricity.

Particle model of matter.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Radioactivity.

Waves 1.

Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Waves 2.

Forces.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Continuation of Forces.

Electromagnetism.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Space.

Exams.

Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Particle physics and quantum phenomena.

Electricity.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Mechanics.

Materials.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Waves.

Optics.

Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Circular motion and SHM.

Gravitational and electric fields.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Magnetic fields and electromagnetic induction.

Thermal physics and kinetic theory.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Nuclear physics.

Astrophysics.

Exams.

 

 

Enrichment

Chemistry Club

David Attenborough Club

Top of the Bench 

STEM Club

Science Club

Trips

Biology field trip to Formby

CERN, Switzerland

The Catalyst Museum

Quarry Bank Mill

Staffing

Mr T. Betts - Chemistry Teacher, H&S and IT Coordinator for Science

Mrs J. Everett - Curriculum Leader of Science, Subject Leader of Chemistry

Miss L. Jones - Assistant Curriculum Leader of Science, Subject Leader of Biology

Mrs E. Koltuniak - Assistant Vice Principal, Biology Teacher

Dr S. Moon - Subject Leader of Physics

Mr T. Moss - Chemistry Teacher

Mrs R. Rogers - Chemistry Teacher

Mr R Rosbotham - Biology Teacher

Mrs C. Traynor - Biology Teacher

Dr K. Vaquer - Biology Teacher

Mrs S. Young - Physics Teacher

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