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Science

The aim of the science faculty at Ralph Thoresby School is to develop enthusiastic students who will go on to study science in higher education and beyond. We also aim to give students a better understanding of the world and communities of which they are the future. We have a strong team of eight full-time experienced science teachers to help us achieve our aims and support your child throughout their time at RTS. This team includes subject specialists in Biology, Chemistry and Physics with over 111 years of teaching GCSE and A-level exam classes. We offer both GCSE Combined and Separate sciences routes at KS4, we also offer A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics as well as Level 3 Applied Science at KS5. In recent years we have sought to raise the profile of science across the school and currently offer a number of extracurricular clubs, trips and visits. These include; STEM club, the year 8 Chester zoo visit; various work with universities at all key stages, including a virtual reality experience for year 7 as well as practical visits to the University of Leeds for our A-Level students; and our Year 10 residential visit to Scarborough. We are rightfully proud of the experiences we offer students outside, and within, the science classroom at RTS.

Links to SMSC and British Values

Whilst studying science at RTS a student will look have many opportunities to view science from a spiritual, moral, social and cultural perspective. Throughout history scientific innovation and progress has had to be mindful of the views of society and the students at RTS will explore this in a number of topics including looking at the work of Doctor Ignaz Semmelweis on hygiene and birth related deaths. They will also look at new technological developments such as nano-science and stem cell research that are two relevant and controversial areas in medical science. Whilst in physics the topics on nuclear fusion and fission lead to discussions on the past use of nuclear bombs and the future potential of a limitless clean energy respectively.

Britain and British Scientists are at the forefront of many industries and technological developments and whilst covering areas in the specification we always try to promote the work that has been done, and continues to be done, by Britain on a global scale.

Courses available to take at KS4 and KS5

  • GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy and GCSE Separate Science
  • A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Level 3 Applied Science
  • Year 7 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Induction and Jelly project Particles and Separation

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and method writing.
      Relate the features of the particle model to the properties of materials in different states.
      Devise ways to separate mixtures, based on their properties.

      Assessment

      Baseline tests PINS – Water purifications

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Cells and Interdependence

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and variables.
      Identify the principal features of cells and describe their functions.
      Use a model to investigate the impact of changes in a population of one organism on others in the ecosystem.

      Assessment

      PINS – Cells/Monster crab

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Earth and Universe

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and graph skills.
      Model the processes that are responsible for rock formation and link these to the rock features.
      Relate observations of changing day length to an appropriate model of the solar system

      Assessment

      PINS – Erosion graph/Weight on other planets

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Acids and Metals

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and Control, error and limitations.
      Devise an enquiry to compare how well indigestion remedies work.
      Predict the method used for extracting metal based on its position in the reactivity series.

      Assessment

      PINS – Acid tanker crash/Neutralisation

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Plants and Reproduction

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and theories/models.
      Use models to evaluate the features of various types of seed dispersal.
      Relate advice to pregnant women to ideas about transfer of substances to the embryo.

      Assessment

      PINS – Sperm Journey

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Circuits and Magnets

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Electromagnet investigation.
      Compare and explain current flow in different parts of a parallel circuit.
      Explore the magnetic field pattern around different types or combinations of magnets.

      Assessment

      End of year test PINS – Current and voltage in a torch

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    BBC Bitesize. Completing a revision calendar remembering that 20% of the time should be spent and reading, making notes, mind-maps and flashcards and 80% of the time should be completing relevant questions and using that knowledge.

     

    Equipment required:

    Standard equipment plus a protractor and a scientific calculator.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Completing mini quizzes on doddle. Reviewing BBC Bitesize and completing test questions. Recall of facts from previous lesson.

     

    Homework Information

    Throughout the year students will complete a range of homework tasks. Some of these tasks are designed to support the students with factual recall and to give them the skills and knowledge needed to be able to revise for exams. Other homework tasks are designed to enthuse and engage students in year 7 these include; Making a model cell, Making a model Volcano and the Bee investigation.

     

    Each half-term the students will be set interactive tasks on www.doddlelearn.co.uk

    The username is the students full name followed by the year they joined the school e.g. for a year 7 boy called John Smith the logon details are as follows

    Institution: Ralph Thoresby School

    Username: johnsmith18

    Password: ralph

  • Year 8 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Digestion and Respirations

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and review basic skills.
      Evaluate how well a model represents key features of the digestive system.
      Use data from investigating fermentation with yeast to explore respiration.

      Assessment

      PINS- Journey of a cheese sandwich.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Elements and the Periodic Table

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and review theories.
      Sort elements using chemical data and relate this to their position in the periodic table.

      Assessment

      PINS – Elements and compounds

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and hypothesis.
      Revision of KS3 topics.

      Assessment

      School Exams PINS – on exam.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Forces and Pressure

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and estimated risk.
      Investigate factors that affect the size of frictional or drag forces.
      Investigate how pressure from your foot onto the ground varies with different footwear.

      Assessment

      PINS – Forces

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Photosynthesis and The Climate

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and Interrogate Sources and examine consequences.
      Use lab tests on variegated leaves to show that chlorophyll is essential for photosynthesis.
      Investigate the contribution that natural and human chemical processes make to our carbon dioxide emissions.

      Assessment

      PINS- Photosynthesis

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Inheritance and Evolution

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Enquiry skills – Investigation and justifying opinion.
      Model the inheritance of a specific trait and explore the variation in the offspring produced.
      Review the evidence for theories about how a particular species went extinct.

      Assessment

      PINS – Variation graph

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    BBC Bitesize. Completing a revision calendar remembering that 20% of the time should be spent and reading, making notes, mind-maps and flashcards and 80% of the time should be completing relevant questions and using that knowledge.

     

    Equipment required:

    Standard equipment plus a protractor and a scientific calculator.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Completing mini quizzes on doddle. Reviewing BBC Bitesize and completing test questions. Recall of facts from previous lesson.

     

    Homework Information

    Throughout the year students will complete a range of homework tasks. Some of these tasks are designed to support the students with factual recall and to give them the skills and knowledge needed to be able to revise for exams. Other homework tasks are designed to enthuse and engage students in year 7 these include; Making a model cell, Making a model Volcano and the Bee investigation.

     

    Each half-term the students will be set interactive tasks on www.doddlelearn.co.uk

    The username is the students full name followed by the year they joined the school e.g. for a year 8 boy called John Smith the logon details are as follows

    Institution: Ralph Thoresby School

    Username: johnsmith17

    Password: ralph

  • Year 9 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      .1 Cell biology 4.1 Atomic structure and the periodic table 4.1 Energy

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.1.1 Cell structure
      4.1.2 Cell division
      4.1.3 Transport in cells
      4.1.1 Atomic Structure
      4.1.1 Energy changes and store
      4.1.2 Conservation and dissipation

      Assessment

      PINS – Atoms and Isotopes

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      4.2 Organisation 4.1 Atomic structure and the periodic table

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.2.1 Principles
      4.2.2 Animal tissue, organs and systems
      4.1.2 The Periodic Table
      4.1.3 Properties of Transition Metals

      Assessment

      Y9 Internal Exam PINS- Exam assessment

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      4.2 Organisation 4.2 Bonding Structure, and the properties of matter

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.2.3 Plant tissues, organs and systems
      4.2.1 Bonding
      4.2.2 Structure and properties
      4.2.3 Structure and Bonding in Carbon, Giant covalent bonding

      Assessment

      PINS – Bonding

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Revision of all GCSE topics covered in preparation for internal exam

      Assessment

      Revision of all GCSE topics covered in preparation for internal exam

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      4.2 Electricity

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.2.1 Current, PD and resistance
      4.2.2 Series and parallel
      4.2.3 Domestic uses and safety
      4.2.4 Energy Transfers
      4.2.5 Static Electricity

      Assessment

      PINS

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Revision of all GCSE topics covered in preparation for end of year exam

      Assessment

      Y9 School Exam PINS – Exam Assessment

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    BBC Bitesize. Completing a revision calendar remembering that 20% of the time should be spent and reading, making notes, mind-maps and flashcards and 80% of the time should be completing relevant questions and using that knowledge.

     

    Equipment required:

    Standard equipment plus a protractor and a scientific calculator.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Completing mini quizzes on doddle. Reviewing BBC Bitesize and completing test questions. Recall of facts from previous lesson.

     

    Homework Information

    Throughout the year students will complete a range of homework tasks. Some of these tasks are designed to support the students with factual recall and to give them the skills and knowledge needed to be able to revise for exams. Other homework tasks are designed to enthuse and engage students in year 7 these include; Making a model cell, Making a model Volcano and the Bee investigation.

     

    Each half-term the students will be set interactive tasks on www.doddlelearn.co.uk

    The username is the students full name followed by the year they joined the school e.g. for a year 9 boy called John Smith the logon details are as follows

    Institution: Ralph Thoresby School

    Username: johnsmith18

    Password: ralph

  • Year 10 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      4.2 Organisation 4.2 Bonding Structure, and the properties of matter 4.1 Energy 4.3 Quantitative Chemistry 4.3 Infection and response

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.2.3 Plant tissues, organs and systems
      4.2.1 Bonding
      4.2.2 Structure and properties
      4.2.3 Structure and Bonding in Carbon, Giant covalent bonding
      4.1.1 Energy changes and store
      4.1.2 Conservation and dissipation
      4.3.1 Chemical Measurements and conservation of mass
      4.3.2 Use of amount of substance
      4.3.1 Communicable diseases

      Assessment

      PINS – Bonding PINS – Communicable diseases

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      4.2 Electricity 4.3 Infection and response 4.4 Bioenergetics

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.2.1 Current, PD and resistance
      4.2.2 Series and parallel
      4.2.3 Domestic uses and safety
      4.2.4 Energy Transfers
      4.3.1 Communicable diseases
      4.4.2 Respiration

      Assessment

      Y10 Internal Exam PINS – Exam Assessment

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      4.4 Chemical Changes 4.5 Homeostasis and response 4.5 Energy Changes

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.4.1 Reactivity of metals
      4.4.2 Reactions of acids
      4.4.3 Electrolysis
      4.5.1 Homeostasis
      4.5.2 The nervous system
      4.5.3 Hormonal coordination
      4.5.1 Exo + Endo

      Assessment

      PINS – Electrolysis required practical

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      4.5 Forces 4.6 Rate and extent of chemical change

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.5.1 Forces and their interaction
      4.5.2 Work done and Energy transfer
      4.6.1 Rate of reaction

      Assessment

      Y10 School Exam PINS- Exam Assessment

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      4.5 Forces 4.6 Rate and extent of chemical change 4.6 Inheritance, variation and evolution

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.5.3 Forces and Elasticity
      4.5.6 Forces and motion
      4.5.6.1 Motion along a line
      4.5.6.2 Acceleration and Newton’s Laws
      4.5.6.3 Forces and braking
      4.6.2 Reversible reaction and dynamic equilibrium
      4.6.1 Reproduction

      Assessment

      PINS

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      4.7 Organic Chemistry 4.6 Inheritance, variation and evolution

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.7.1 Carbon as fuels and feedstock
      4.6.1 Reproduction

      Assessment

      Y10 Internal Exam Full Paper 1’s. PINS – Exam Assessment

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    BBC Bitesize. Completing a revision calendar remembering that 20% of the time should be spent and reading, making notes, mind-maps and flashcards and 80% of the time should be completing relevant questions and using that knowledge.

     

    Equipment required:

    Standard equipment plus a protractor and a scientific calculator.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Completing mini quizzes on doddle. Reviewing BBC Bitesize and completing test questions. Recall of facts from previous lesson.

     

    Homework Information

    Throughout the year students will complete a range of homework tasks. Some of these tasks are designed to support the students with factual recall and to give them the skills and knowledge needed to be able to revise for exams. Other homework tasks are designed to enthuse and engage students in year 7 these include; Making a model cell, Making a model Volcano and the Bee investigation.

     

    Each half-term the students will be set interactive tasks on www.doddlelearn.co.uk

    The username is the students full name followed by the year they joined the school e.g. for a year 9 boy called John Smith the logon details are as follows

    Institution: Ralph Thoresby School

    Username: johnsmith16

    Password: ralph

  • Year 11 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      4.6 The rate and extent of chemical change 4.6 Waves 4.7 Organic Chemistry 4.5 Homeostasis and response 4.6 Inheritance, variation and evolution

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.6.1 Rate of reaction
      4.6.2 Reversible reaction and dynamic equilibrium
      4.6.1 Waves in air, fluids and solids
      4.6.2 Electromagnetic Waves
      4.7.1 Carbon as fuel and feedstock
      4.5.1 Homeostasis
      4.5.2 The human nervous system
      4.5.3 Hormonal coordination in humans
      4.6.1 Reproduction
      4.6.2 Variation and evolution

      Assessment

      PINS – Rate and extent of chemical change. PINS – Homeostasis

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      4.7 Magnetism and electro-magnetism 4.8 Chemical Analysis 4.6 Inheritance, variation and evolution 4.7 Ecology

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.7.1 Permanent and induced
      4.7.2 The motor effect
      4.8.1 Purity, formulations and chromatography
      4.8.2 Identification of common gases
      4.6.3 genetics and evolution
      4.6.4 Classification
      4.7.1 Adaptations, interdependence and competition

      Assessment

      Y11 Mock Exams full paper 1’s plus part paper 2’s. PINS – Exam Assessment

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      4.10 Using Resources 4.5 Forces (revision) 4.7 Ecology 4.9 The Earth’s Atmosphere

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      4.10.1 Using resource + potable water
      4.10.2 Life Cycle Assessment
      4.5.1 Forces and interactions
      4.5.2 Work done and E transfer
      4.5.3 Forces and Elasticity
      4,5,6 Forces and Motion
      4.7.1 Adaptations, interdependence and competition
      4.7.2 Organisation of ecosystems
      4.7.3 Biodiversity and effect humans
      4.9.1 Composition
      4.9.2 CO2 + CH4

      Assessment

      PINS

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Targeted revision based on question level analysis of previous exams. We have ensured consistency in the revision work that the students will complete by writing our own revision lessons and sharing them across all teachers in the department.

      Assessment

      Y11 Full Mock Exams

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Targeted revision based on question level analysis of previous exams. We have ensured consistency in the revision work that the students will complete by writing our own revision lessons and sharing them across all teachers in the department.

      Assessment

      Y11 External Exams

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Revision

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Targeted revision based on question level analysis of previous exams. We have ensured consistency in the revision work that the students will complete by writing our own revision lessons and sharing them across all teachers in the department.

      Assessment

      Y11 External Exams

    BBC Bitesize. Completing a revision calendar remembering that 20% of the time should be spent and reading, making notes, mind-maps and flashcards and 80% of the time should be completing relevant questions and using that knowledge.

     

    Equipment required:

    Standard equipment plus a protractor and a scientific calculator.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Completing mini quizzes on doddle. Reviewing BBC Bitesize and completing test questions. Recall of facts from previous lesson.

     

    Homework Information

    Throughout the year students will complete a range of homework tasks. Some of these tasks are designed to support the students with factual recall and to give them the skills and knowledge needed to be able to revise for exams. Other homework tasks are designed to enthuse and engage students in year 7 these include; Making a model cell, Making a model Volcano and the Bee investigation.

     

    Each half-term the students will be set interactive tasks on www.doddlelearn.co.uk

    The username is the students full name followed by the year they joined the school e.g. for a year 9 boy called John Smith the logon details are as follows

    Institution: Ralph Thoresby School

    Username: johnsmith16

    Password: ralph

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