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Year 11 Science


GCSE Combined Science

SUMMARY OF SUBJECT CONTENT:

Combined Science students will study for 6 exams: two each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They will be awarded 2 Combined Science GCSEs.

Biology will cover Cell biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution and Ecology

Chemistry Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of

Matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources

Physics Forces, Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure

Specification at a glance

Exam Board: AQA

Combined Science: Trilogy Specification Code:8464

Examinations Weighting Time When Notes

External Examination -

6 Written Papers

16.7% each paper 6 X 1 hour 15 minutes Summer of Year 11

6 Structured Papers – two each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics

 

Questions can be multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response. Students are awarded a double grade, reflecting 2 GCSEs, from the range 99,98,88,87 etc to 11

What did my child study during Year 10?

The Sciences are topic-based course, the topics that will be covered during Year 10 are:

Key Ideas Covered

Next to each section you will find the relevant book reference.

1st Term

2nd Term

3rd Term

Energy

·         Energy changes in a system

·         Power, work done and kinetic energy calculations

·         Conservation of energy

·         Efficiency

·         Energy resources

AQA PHYSICS BOOKS

Chapters P1, P2, P3

Pages 4-44

Quantitive Chemistry

·         Calculating formula mass

·         Reacting mass calculations

·         Concept of the Mole

·         Using moles to balance equations

·         Limiting reactants

·         Atom economy

·         Percentage Yield in reactions

·         Concentrations of solutions.

·         Calculating volumes of gases in equations.

Aqa Chemistry books Chapter C4 pages 62-81

 

 

Bioenergetics

·         Types of respiration Anaerobic or aerobic.

·         Photosynthesis

·         And rate of Photosynthesis.

·         Use of glucose from Photosynthesis

·         Response to exercise

AQA BIOLOGY Chapter B8 and B9 pages 124-143

Electricity

·         Circuit diagrams and symbols

·         Parallel and series circuits

·         Resistance

·         Charge and flow of electrons.

·         Mains electricity

·         National Grid

·         Energy transfer and Power

·         Static electricity.

AQA Physics Chapter P4 and P5 pages 50-75

Infection and Response

·         Communicable Disease

·         Viral disease

·         Bacterial disease

·         Fungal disease

·         Protist disease

·         Human defence mechanisms and vaccinations.

·         Antibiotics and treating disease

·         Drug trials

·         Plant disease

AQA BIOLOGY Chapters  B5 and B6 pages 74-110

Homeostasis

·         The role of and types of neurone

·         The role of the nervous system

·         Reflex arcs

·         Role of the synapse

·         Factors affecting reaction times.

·         Menstrual cycle and its hormones

·         IVF

·         Thermoregualtion

·         Glucose regulation

·         Diabetes

AQA Biology book chapters B10-12

 

 

Organisation

·         Organ and organ systems

·         Digestive system

·         Structure of the heart and blood vessels

·         Heart disease

·         Plant organ systems

AQA BIOLOGY PAGES  Chapters B3 and B4 pages 36-66

 

 

Chemical changes

·         The reactivity Series and reactivity of metals.

·         Extraction of metals and reduction.

·         Oxidation and reduction in terms of electrons.

·         Reaction of acids and neutralisation.

·         Ph Scale and common reactions

·         Titrations- method and calculations.

·         The principles of electrolysis.

AQA Chemistry Chapter C5 and C6 pages 84-111

 

 

Rate of chemical change

·         Calculating rates of reactions

·         Factors which affect the rates of reaction.

·         Collision theory and activation energy

·         Dynamic equilibrium

·         Reversible reactions

AQA Chemistry book Chapter C8 PAGES 128-148

Bonding and Structure

·         Types of bonding – ionic, covalent and metallic.

·         The states of matter

·         Giant Covalent Molecules

·         Structure and properties of metals

·         Bonding of diamond and graphite

·         Nano-chemistry

AQA CHEMISTRY

Chapter C3 PAGES 36-61

Particle model of matter (Physics aspects)

·         Changes of state and Particle Model

·         Density Calculations

·         Internal energy

·         Specific latent heat calculations.

AQA Physics book

Chapter P6 Pages 76-91

 

 

Energy changes

·         Exothermic and Endothermic reactions

·         Drawing and interpreting reaction profile diagrams.

AQA CHEMISTRY Chapter C7 pages 112-125

 

What will my child study during Year 11?

  • 1st Term

    2nd Term

    3rd Term

    Rates of Reaction

    ·         Calculating rates of a reaction

    ·         Factors affecting rates of reaction

    ·         Collision theory

    ·         Use of catalysts

    ·         Reversible reactions and dynamic equilibrium.

    ·         AQA Chemistry Book Chapter C8 pages 128-147

    Waves

    ·         Transverse and Longitudinal waves

    ·         Properties of waves

    ·         Reflection, refraction and dispersion

    ·         Electromagnetic waves

    ·         Lenses

    ·         Visible light

    ·         AQA Physics Chapters P12,P13,P14 Pages 174-210

    Chemistry of the atmosphere

    ·         Evolution of the atmosphere

    ·         Greenhouse gases

    ·         Global climate change

    ·         Carbon footprint

    ·         Effects of pollutants

    AQA Chemistry chapter C13 PAGES 194-205

    Forces

    ·         Scalar and vector quantities

    ·         Contact and non-contact forces

    ·         Gravity

    ·         Resultant forces

    ·         Work done and energy transfer

    ·         Elasticity

    ·         Moments, levers and gears

    ·         Pressure

    ·         Speed, velocity and acceleration

    ·         Newton’s laws

    ·         Forces and stopping distances

    ·         AQA Physics Chapters P8,P9,P10 PAGES 112-171

    Magnetism and electromagnetism

    ·         Permanent and induced magnetism

    ·         Magnetic fields

    ·         Motor effect

    ·         Flemings left hand rule

    ·         Induced potential and the national grid

    ·         The generator effect

    ·         Aqa Physics book Chapter P15 PAGEDS 214-231

    Using resources

    ·         Finite and renewable resources

    ·         Sustainable development

    ·         Potable water

    ·         Treatment of sewage

    ·         Life cycle assessments

    ·         Recycling

    ·         Rusting and it’s prevention.

    ·         Alloys as useful materials

    ·         Ceramics and composites

    AQA Chemistry book Chapter C14-15 Pages 206-237

    Chemical analysis

    ·         Purity and Formulations

    ·         Chromatography

     

    ·         AQA Chemistry Chapter C12 Pages 180-193

    Ecology

    ·         Communities

    ·         Abiotic and Biotic factors

    ·         Adaptations of living organisms.

    ·         Recycling of biological material

    ·         Decomposition

    ·         Biodiversity

    ·         Waste management

    ·         Maintaining biodiversity

    ·         Trophic levels

    ·         Transfer of biomass

    ·         AQA Biology book chapter B16 –B18 pages 258-308

     

    Inheritance and Selection

    ·         Sexual and asexual reproduction

    ·         Mitosis and Meiosis

    ·         DNA and the genome

    ·         Genetic inheritance

    ·         Inherited disorders

    ·         Evolution

    ·         Selective breeding

    ·         Genetic engineering

    ·         Cloning

    ·         Speciation

    ·         Extinction

    ·         AQA Biology Chapters B13-B15 Pages 196-252

    Organic Chemistry

    ·         Crude oil and hydrocarbons

    ·         Fractional distillation

    ·         Cracking and Alkenes

    ·         AQA Chemistry Chapter C9-C11 Pages 148-177

     

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Biology/Chemistry and Physics in Year 11?

The science course during Year 10 and 11 is a topic based course (see above for list of topics). At the end of each topic students will complete an informal test in class lasting 30 minutes and worth 30 marks made up of previous GCSE questions. The test will be notified via Satchel with some revision materials published to support preparation. Students will be given a rough GCSE grade to show the standard of their work (e.g 5/6; 7/8) and the marks and grade will be published on Satchel for you to see.

 

Students will sit three formal exams during the Mock exam period during the first term November/December of year 11. Students will likely complete 3 x 1hr 45min exams one each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics covering the paper 1 content.

A second round of mock exams will likely follow later in the year once all paper 2 content has been taught.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 11 in Biology/Chemistry/Physics?

Students will be set weekly homework that they will be expected to spend around 1 hour completing. The homeworks will be a variety of tasks that will primarily be:

  • Completion of classwork with further research and note-making
  • Completion of past GCSE questions
  • Revision for tests
  • Online revision/quizzes using sites such as SAMLearning/GCSEPod/Seneca Learning

Students will be expected to regularly access the online textbook via kerboodle (www.kerboodle.com). Their username and password is the same as their username in school and the institution code is sL4.

How can I support my child to do well in Biology/Chemistry/Physics during Year 11?

  • Ensure they complete their homework properly
  • Support them by ensuring they have somewhere suitable to work, away from distractions but with online access to the textbook etc.
  • Buy a revision guide (order forms available to download via this website)
  • Support them to revise and prepare properly for each test

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

  • Students can access the digital textbooks to help with revision.
  • After school revision sessions will be available.
  • Revision books can be purchased to assist with understanding.
  • Students should be encouraged to seek assistance from their teacher when they are struggling with any concept.
  • Students have access to Sam Learning and the kerboodle learning platform which has a range of resources to help boost understanding.

What work did students complete during the school closures that they may not fully understand?

The topics covered during the school closure from Jan to Mar were:

Quantitive Chemistry

  • Calculating formula mass
  • Reacting mass calculations
  • Concept of the Mole
  • Using moles to balance equations
  • Limiting reactants
  • Atom economy
  • Percentage Yield in reactions
  • Concentrations of solutions.
  • Calculating volumes of gases in equations.

Aqa Chemistry books Chapter C4 pages 62-81

 

Electricity

  • Circuit diagrams and symbols
  • Parallel and series circuits
  • Resistance
  • Charge and flow of electrons.
  • Mains electricity
  • National Grid
  • Energy transfer and Power
  • Static electricity.

AQA Physics Chapter P4 and P5 pages 50-75

Particle model of matter (Physics aspects)

  • Changes of state and Particle Model
  • Density Calculations
  • Internal energy
  • Specific latent heat calculations.
  • Gas pressure and temperature calculations.

AQA Physics book

Chapter P6 Pages 76-91

 

Atomic Structure (Physics aspects)

  • Structure of an atom.
  • Development of the atom and other models.
  • Radioactive decay and nuclear radiation
  • Nuclear equations
  • Half lives and radioactive decay
  • Radioactive contamination
  • Nuclear fusion and fission.

AQA PHYSICS Chapter Chapter P7 pages 92-111

 

Bioenergetics

  • Types of respiration Anaerobic or aerobic.
  • Photosynthesis
  • And rate of Photosynthesis.
  • Use of glucose from Photosynthesis
  • Response to exercise

AQA BIOLOGY Chapter B8 and B9 pages 124-143

How will we support those students who were unable to work properly during the school closures and have gaps in their knowledge/understanding?

As the nature of the curriculum in Science revisits key concepts throughout, most of the scientific ideas covered during the closures will be revisited during lessons in Year 11 to help to close gaps in their understanding.

Where specific knowledge was covered (as an example ……) a series of after-school workshops will be run during the Autumn Term to focus on the content that was covered during the school closures. Students whose performance in the Year 10 exam indicate that they do not fully understand that work will be expected to attend.

The work above will then be followed with specific homeworks to assess the understanding of that work and questions will also be set within the mock exams in Nov/Dec.

What changes have been made to the exams to take into account the disruption due to the pandemic?

This section will be completed once the decisions have been made by the exam board

 Updated September 2021