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Science Faculty

Mr Q Berriman- berrimanq@denbigh.net
Mr A Brown- brownan@denbigh.net
Mr S Campbell- campbells@denbigh.net
Mr W Dymock- dymockw@denbigh.net
Mr M Hairsine- hairsinem@denbigh.net
Mrs J Hallam- hallamj@denbigh.net
Ms E Hanby- hanbye@denbigh.net
Ms S Harriman- harrimans@denbigh.net
Mrs J Herring- herringj@denbigh.net
Mr M List- listm@denbigh.net
Mrs N Menni- mennin@denbigh.net
Miss L Pretorius- pretoriusl@denbigh.net
Miss E Roche- rochee@denbigh.net
Mr B Rosie- rosiew@denbigh.net
Mrs P Verma- vermap@denbigh.net
Mrs S Wiltshire- wiltshires@denbigh.net

Faculty Introduction

Science is a core subject for all students in years 7-11, and the faculty teaches the traditional academic Science subjects of Chemistry, Physics and Biology up to A2 level.

Key Words for Year 7 Science – Spring

Key termDefinition
  Boiling pointThe temperature at which a substance boils.
  Change of stateThe process by which a substance changes from one state to another.
  CondensationFormed when a gas changes into a liquid.
  EvaporateThe change of state from liquid to gas that occurs when particles leave the surface of the liquid only. It can happen at any temperature.
  Melting pointThe temperature at which a substance melts.
  MixtureA material whose properties are not the same all the way through.
  DayThe time it takes a planet to make one full spin on its axis.
  EllipseA squashed circle or oval shape.
  GalaxyA number of stars and the solar systems around them grouped together.
  GravityA non-contact force that acts between two masses.
  Natural satelliteA moon in orbit around a planet.
  OrbitThe path taken by one body in space around another.
  PlanetAny large body that orbits a star in a Solar System.
  SeasonChanges in the temperature during the year as the Earth moves around its orbit.
  Solar SystemThe Sun and the planets and other bodies in orbit around it.
  SunThe star at the centre of our Solar System.
  YearThe length of time it takes for a planet to orbit the Sun.

Key Words for Year 8 Science – Spring

Key TermDefinition
  air resistanceThe force on an object moving through the air that causes it to slow down (also known as drag).
  balancedForces acting on an object that are the same size but act in opposite directions.
  contact forceA force that acts when an object is in contact with a surface, air, or water.
  frictionThe force that resists movement because of contact between surfaces.
  gravityA non-contact force that acts between two masses.
  interaction pairWhen two objects interact there is a force on each one that is the same size but in opposing directions.
  newtonmeterA piece of equipment used to measure weight in newtons.
  non-contact forceA magnetic, electrostatic, or gravitational force that acts between objects not in contact.
  unbalancedOpposing forces on an object that are unequal.
  weightThe force of the Earth on an object due to its mass.
  carbon cycleThe carbon cycle shows stores of carbon, and summarises how carbon and its compounds enter and leave these stores.
  climate changeA long-term change in weather patterns.
  combustionA burning reaction, in which a substance reacts quickly with oxygen, and gives out light and heats the surroundings.
  deforestationThe cutting down or burning of trees in forests.
  greenhouse effectThe absorbing of energy by gases in the atmosphere, such as carbon dioxide.
  greenhouse gasA gas that contributes to climate change, such as carbon dioxide.

Year 7

Autumn 1st half termIntroduction to Science and CSI (Chemistry)
Autumn 2nd half termLife on Earth (Biology)
Spring 1st half termSpace Fun (Physics)
Spring 2nd half termChemical and Physical Changes (Chemistry)
Summer 1st half termEnergy (Physics)
Summer 2nd half termInvestigation

Year 8

Autumn 1st half termPlants (Biology)
Autumn 2nd half termMobile Phones (Physics)
Spring 1st half termPlanet Earth (Chemistry)
Spring 2nd half termFit for Life (Biology)
Summer 1st half termForces and Motion (Physics)
Summer 2nd half termElectricity and Magnetism (Physics)

Year 9

Biology & Maths SkillsChemistry & Physics
Autumn 1st half termB1: Cell-Level Systems
Maths Skills: Standard form, prefixes and manipulating equations
C1: Particles
P1: Matter
Autumn 2nd half termB1: Cell-Level Systems
Maths Skills: Ratios, fractions and percentages
C2: Elements, Compounds & Mixtures
Spring 1st half termB2: Scaling Up
Maths Skills: Frequency tables, bar charts. histograms
C2: Elements, Compounds & Mixtures
P4: Waves and Radioactivity
Spring 2nd half termB2: Scaling UpP4: Waves and Radioactivity
Summer 1st half termB3: Organism-Level Systems
Revision & Exams
C4: Predicting and Identifying Reactions and Products
Revision & Exams
Summer 2nd half termB3: Organism-Level Systems
Practical Tasks
P3: Electricity and Magnetism

Year 10

BiologyChemistryPhysics
Autumn 1st half termB4: Community-Level Systems
B5.1: Inheritance
C3.1: Introduction to Chemical ReactionsP3.2: Simple Circuits
P3.3: Magnets and Magnetic Fields
Autumn 2nd half termB5.2: Natural Selection and Evolution
B6.2: Feeding the Human Race
C3.2: Energetics
C3.3: Types of Chemical Reaction
C3.4: Electrolysis
P2.1: Motion
P2.2: Newton’s Laws
Spring 1st half termB6.3: Non-communicable diseases
B6.3: Monitoring and Maintaining Health
C5.1 Controlling Reactions
C5.2: Equilibria
P2.3: Forces in Action
P5.1: Work Done
Spring 2nd half termB6.3: Monitoring &  Maintaining Health
B6.1: Monitoring &  Maintaining the Environment
C6.1: Improving Processes and Products
C6.2: Interpretation and Interacting with Earth Systems
P5.2: Power & Efficiency
P6.1: Physics on the Move
P6.2: Powering the Earth
Summer 1st half termYear 10 Combined Science Examinations & Practical Activities Year 10 Combined Science Examinations & Practical Activities Year 10 Combined Science Examinations & Practical Activities 
Summer 2nd half termSeparate Science
B1.2: Cell-Level Systems
B3.1: Organism-Level Systems
Separate Science
C5.3: Equilibria
C6.1: Improving Processes and Products
Separate Science
P5.1: Wave Behaviour
P5.3: Wave Interaction
Summer 2nd half termCombined Science
Practical Activities and Consolidation
Combined Science
Practical Activities and Consolidation
Combined Science
Practical Activities and Consolidation

Year 11

BiologyChemistryPhysicsCombined Science
Autumn 1st half termB2: Cell-Level Systems
B3.1: The Nervous System
B3.3: Maintaining Internal Environments
C6.1: Global Challenges
C6.2: Organic Chemistry
P8: Global Challenges
P4.2: Using Magnestism
Units 1-3 Re-cap and consolidation
Autumn 2nd half termB4.1: Ecosystems
B5: Genes, Inheritance and Selection
Year 11 PPE Examinations
C6.2: Organic Chemistry
C4.2: Identifying Products of Chemical Reactions
C2.3: Nanoparticles
Year 11 PPE Examinations
P1.3: Pressure
P2.3: Forces in Action
Year 11 PPE Examinations
Units 4-6 Re-cap and consolidation
Year 11 PPE Examinations
Spring 1st half termRevision ActivitiesRevision ActivitiesRevision ActivitiesRevision Activities
Spring 2nd half termRevision ActivitiesRevision ActivitiesRevision ActivitiesRevision Activities
Summer 1st half termRevision ActivitiesRevision ActivitiesRevision ActivitiesRevision Activities
Summer 2nd half termGCSE ExamsGCSE ExamsGCSE ExamsGCSE Exams