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Science and Technology

Learning Manager: Mr Anthony Llewellyn           LlewellynA35@hwbmail.net

Assistant Learning Manager: Mrs Mandy Lewis           LewisA180@hwbmail.net

 

Welcome to the homepage of Science and Technology, where you will find all of the essential information for this department. Our aim is to inspire all of our learners to be innovative and forward thinking in a rapidly changing World. Across all key stages, our learners will have access to a wealth of experiences in a range of subject areas. Learners will develop a solid understanding of the world around them to allow them to become confident, capable, creative citizens. Technological processes and scientific enquiry involve planning, carrying out/implementing, analysing and evaluating and we aim to provide a learning journey that covers all of these elements.

Key Stage 3

Science

Our Science curriculum will cover the following range of topics:

  • Year 7 - Classification of organisms, Photosynthesis, Conservation and the relationships between organisms in food chains, Digestion and food groups and balanced diet, Solids, liquids and gases, Elements compounds and mixtures, Acids and alkalis, Smart materials, Forces, Energy, Circuits, Making electricity, Alternative energy sources.
  • Year 8 - Elements, compounds and mixtures, Separating mixtures, Circuits, Light, Health, Microbes.

Year 9 - Investigating thermal energy, Investigating solubility curves in water, Reproduction, Investigations to fit KS3 assessment criteria and containing GCSE content.

Technology

In all KS3 projects, pupils follow the Design Process to create a range of exciting and innovative products.

Product Design - The projects you will undertake in Product Design include: a night light, birdfeeder, a mirror/clock/ photo frame and an acoustic speaker. You will learn about metals, elements and alloys, electronics, and resistors.

Textiles - The two projects that you will cover at KS3 are: making a diary cover and making a make-up bag/pencil case. You will learn about the fashion and textiles with topics such as, fibres and fabrics, sustainability and CAD/CAM.

Food Technology - In Food Technology, you will make a range of exciting food products including; flapjacks/cereal bars, Welsh rarebit, savoury scones and a pasta salad. You will also learn about Food groups, the balance of good health and sustainability.

Key Stage 4

Science

Year 10 (Double)

Year 10 (Triple)

Unit 1

(Double Award) BIOLOGY 1

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

15% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

1.1 Cells and movement across membranes

1.2 Respiration and the respiratory system in humans

1.3 Digestion and the digestive system in humans

1.4 Circulatory system in humans

1.5 Plants and photosynthesis

1.6 Ecosystems and human impact on the environment

Unit 2

(Double Award) CHEMISTRY 1

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

15% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

2.1 The nature of substances and chemical reactions

2.2 Atomic structure and the Periodic Table

2.3 Water

2.4 The ever-changing Earth

2.5 Rate of chemical change

Unit 3

(Double Award) PHYSICS 1

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

15% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

3.1 Electric circuits

3.2 Generating electricity

3.3 Making use of energy

3.4 Domestic electricity

3.5 Features of waves

Unit 1 Biology

CELLS, ORGAN SYSTEMS and ECOSYSTEMS

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

45% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

1.1 Cells and movement across membranes

1.2 Respiration and the respiratory system in humans

1.3 Digestion and the digestive system in humans

1.4 Circulatory system in humans

1.5 Plants and photosynthesis

1.6 Ecosystems, nutrient cycles and human impact on the environment

Unit 1 Chemistry

CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES, REACTIONS and ESSENTIAL RESOURCES

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

45% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

1.1 The nature of substances and chemical reactions

1.2 Atomic structure and the Periodic Table

1.3 Water

1.4 The ever-changing Earth

1.5 Rate of chemical change

1.6 Limestone

Unit 1 Physics

ELECTRICITY, ENERGY and WAVES

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

45% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

1.1 Electric circuits

1.2 Generating electricity

1.3 Making use of energy

1.4 Domestic electricity

1.5 Features of waves

1.6 The total internal reflection of waves

1.7 Seismic waves

1.8 Kinetic theory

1.9 Electromagnetism

Year 11 (Double)

Year 11 (Triple)

Unit 4

(Double Award) BIOLOGY 2

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

15% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

4.1 Classification and biodiversity

4.2 Cell division and stem cells

4.3 DNA and inheritance

4.4 Variation and evolution

4.5 Response and regulation

4.6 Disease, defence and treatment

Unit 5

(Double Award) CHEMISTRY 2

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

15% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

5.1 Bonding, structure and properties

5.2 Acids, bases and salts

5.3 Metals and their extraction

5.4 Chemical reactions and energy

5.5 Crude oil, fuels and carbon compounds

Unit 6

(Double Award) PHYSICS 2

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

15% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

6.1 Distance, speed and acceleration

6.2 Newton's laws

6.3 Work and energy

6.4 Stars and planets

6.5 Types of radiation

6.6 Half-life

Unit 2 Biology

VARIATION, HOMEOSTASIS and MICRO-ORGANISMS

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

45% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

2.1 Classification and biodiversity

2.2 Cell division and stem cells

2.3 DNA and inheritance

2.4 Variation and evolution

2.5 Response and regulation

2.6 Kidneys and homeostasis

2.7 Micro-organisms and their applications

2.8 Disease, defence and treatment

Unit 2 Chemistry

CHEMICAL BONDING, APPLICATION OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS and

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

45% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

2.1 Bonding, structure and properties

2.2 Acids, bases and salts

2.3 Metals and their extraction

2.4 Chemical reactions and energy

2.5 Crude oil, fuels and organic chemistry

2.6 Reversible reactions, industrial processes and important chemicals

Unit 2 Physics

FORCES, SPACE and RADIOACTIVITY

Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

45% of qualification

This unit includes the following topics:

2.1 Distance, speed and acceleration

2.2 Newton's laws

2.3 Work and energy

2.4 Further motion concepts

2.5 Stars and planets

2.6 The Universe

2.7 Types of radiation

2.8 Half-life

2.9 Nuclear decay and nuclear energy

There are 2 practical exams in January of year 11 each worth 10%

There are 3 practical exams in January of year 11 each worth 10%

Technology

Food & Nutrition

The WJEC GCSE in Food and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook and enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition allowing them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

Assessment:

  • Unit 1- Principles of Food and Nutrition- examination worth 40% of final grade. a range of question
  • Unit 2- Food and Nutrition in Action- non-examination assessment worth 60% of final grade.

Engineering

We offer a range of engineering subjects. Courses range from theoretical/Science based courses allowing pupils to follow STEM careers to hands-on practical City & Guilds courses that prepare learners for the world of industrial manufacture, maintenance and construction. We feel that the courses on offer suit the needs of the learners and provide excellent pathways into further education or employment.

Product Design

  • Unit 1: Product Design written paper examination (40%): 2 hours 120 marks (80 UMS) this will consist of one paper.
  • Unit 2: Product Design Controlled Assessment Task (60%): 180 marks (120 UMS)

A course in Product Design offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for candidates to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems in a wide range of contexts relating to their personal interests. Design and Technology develops candidates' interdisciplinary skills, all six Key Skills and their capacity for imaginative, innovative thinking, creativity and independence.

Food & Nutrition

The WJEC GCSE in Food and Nutrition equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook and enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

Assessment:

  • Unit 1- Principles of Food and Nutrition- examination worth 40% of final grade. a range of question
  • Unit 2- Food and Nutrition in Action- non-examination assessment worth 60% of final grade.