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KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Science
Term 1Biology - Homeostasis & Response   
Students will consider the fact that cells in the body can only survive within narrow limits. They require a constant temperature, pH and a constant supply of dissolved food and water. In this section we will explore the nervous system and how it can bring about fast responses. We will also explore the hormonal system which usually brings about much slower changes. Hormonal coordination is particularly important in reproduction since it controls the menstrual cycle. An understanding of the role of hormones in reproduction has allowed scientists to develop not only contraceptive drugs but also drugs which can increase fertility.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Homeostasis, Nervous System, Hormonal Coordination in Humans.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1Chemistry - Organic Chemistry   
In Organic Chemistry students will learn about the fractional distillation of crude oil. They will study the structure and function of key organic compounds, such as alkanes, alkenes and alcohols
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Crude Oil, Hydrocarbons, Alkanes & AlkenesKey Words and Terms
 
Term 1Physics - Electricity   
Students will learn about the generation and usage of electricity. They will also study current, voltage and resistance in relation to circuits. Students will look at the production of electricity and consider viable options for the future.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Current, Voltage, Resistance, and Domestic Uses & Safety.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Biology - Inheritance, Variation & Evolution   
This unit discovers how meiosis produces unique offspring, how gene mutations occur continuously and on rare occasions can affect the functioning of organisms both positively and negatively. We will investigate cloning and genetic engineering.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Reproduction, Variation and Evolution, the Development and Understanding of Genetics and Evolution.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Chemistry - Energy Changes & Chemical Analysis   
Students will learn about how energy changes are an important part of chemical reactions. The interaction of particles often involves transfers of energy due to the breaking and formation of bonds. Students will learn a range of qualitative tests to detect specific chemicals. The tests are based on reactions that produce a gas with distinctive properties, or a colour change or an insoluble solid that appears as a precipitate. Students will learn the about the application of chemical analysis such as in Forensics.
Assessment: Energy Changes - 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions. Chemical Analysis - 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Purity, Formulation and Chromatography, Identification of Common Gases.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Physics - Magnetism & Electromagnetism & Waves   
Students will learn about the electromagnetic effects that are used in a wide variety of devices. Engineers make use of the fact that a magnet moving in a coil can produce electric current and also that when current flows around a magnet it can produce movement. It means that systems that involve control or communications can take full advantage of this. The waves unit will explore the properties and use of different types of waves including those in the electromagnetic spectrum.
Assessment: Electromagnetism - 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Permanent and Induced Magnetism, Magnetic Forces and Fields, the Motor Effect. Waves - 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Waves in Air, Fluids and Solids, Electromagnetic Waves.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Biology - Ecology   
This unit will consider the Sun as a source of energy that passes through ecosystems. Materials including carbon and water are continually recycled by the living world, being released through respiration of animals, plants and decomposing microorganisms and taken up by plants in photosynthesis. All species live in ecosystems composed of complex communities of animals and plants dependent on each other and that are adapted to particular conditions, both abiotic and biotic. These ecosystems provide essential services that support human life and continued development. In order to continue to benefit from these services humans need to engage with the environment in a sustainable way. In this section we will explore how humans are threatening biodiversity as well as the natural systems that support it. We will also consider some actions we need to take to ensure our future health, prosperity and well-being.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Classification of Living Organisms, Adaptations, Interdependence and Competition, Organisation of an Ecosystem, Biodiversity and the Effect of Human Interactions on Ecosystems.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Chemistry - The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change   
This unit explores how chemical reactions can occur at vastly different rates. Students learn about the variables that affect the rate of reaction and explore how to maximise yield of desired product.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Rate of Reaction, Reversible Reactions and Dynamic Equilibrium.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Physics - Forces 1   
In the first half of forces, students will examine forces and their effects on objects. They will look at both contact and non-contact forces, calculate resultant forces and will look at the motion of objects.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Forces and Motion, Momentum.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Biology - Infection & Response   
Infection and response focuses on coronary heart disease and other health issues. It will explore various diseases including cancer and will also look at the development of drugs and how vaccines work.
Assessment: Infection & Response - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Coronary Heart Disease, Lifestyle, Cancer, Communicable Diseases.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Chemistry - Quantitative Chemistry   
In this topic we will look at how Chemists use quantitative analysis to determine the formulae of compounds and the equations for reactions. Identifying different types of chemical reaction allows chemists to make sense of how different chemicals react together, to establish patterns and to make predictions about the behaviour of other chemicals.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Chemical Measurements, Use of Amount of Substance in Relation to Masses of Pure SubstancesKey Words and Terms
 
Term 4Physics - Forces 2   
The second half of forces will look at Newton's Laws, momentum and what affects stopping distances.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Forces and Motion, Momentum.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4
The waves unit will explore the properties and use of different types of waves including those in the electromagnetic spectrum.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Waves in Air, Fluids and Solids, Electromagnetic Waves.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Biology - Bioenergetics   
Bioenergetics explores how plants function and goes in to depth of how photosynthesis works. It will also look at the respiratory system and how it is affected by exercise.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Plant Tissue and Organ Systems, Photosynthesis, Respiration.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Chemistry - Chemistry of the Atmosphere   
Students will learn that the Earth’s atmosphere is dynamic and forever changing. The causes of these changes are sometimes man-made and sometimes part of many natural cycles. Scientists use very complex software to predict weather and climate change as there are many variables that can influence this. Students will discuss strategies for reducing our negative impact on the environment.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Composition and Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere, Carbon Dioxide and Methane as Greenhouse Gases, Common Atmospheric Pollutants and their Sources.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Physics - Particle Model of Matter   
Particle Model of Matter revisits changes in state but at a molecular level and looks and the behaviour and energy changes of particles.
Assessment: 40 minute end of unit assessment covering: Changes of State, Particle Model.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Biology - Exam Revision   
Students will use this time to go over required practical activities from Year 9 & 10 and revise for end of year exam.
Assessment: End of Year Exam consisting of topics students have covered throughout the year.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Chemistry - Exam Revision   
Students will use this time to go over required practical activities from Year 9 & 10 and revise for end of year exam.
Assessment: End of Year Exam consisting of topics students have covered throughout the year.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Physics - Exam Revision   
Students will use this time to go over required practical activities from Year 9 & 10 and revise for end of year exam.
Assessment: End of Year Exam consisting of topics students have covered throughout the year.Key Words and Terms
 

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