Science - Subjects - de Stafford School
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07/08/18

Retweeted From Hewitts of Croydon

Will you be attending this September? If you haven't bought your uniform at our school visit in July, online or in store already; make sure you come to store ASAP to guarantee all you need for a September start... don't get caught out! https://t.co/yZH1yRJY60

20/07/18

Congratulations to our newly appointed senior prefect team. https://t.co/R3Ubin6wrH

19/07/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

People of caterham and beyond we are almost there! The building works are on schedule for the grand new works to the centre. will be the great new addition to the site, with a range of snacks soon to be available! ☕️☕️

19/07/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We are delighted to announce that ⁦⁩ has been awarded a 3rd consecutive Silver Games Mark! We are very proud of our students for their dedication to all aspects of school sport including volunteers & leaders! Thanks to ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/jrARfApvWT

18/07/18

Congratulations to a select group of students for receiving recognition from Mr Garner this morning for accumulating so many achievement points this year. https://t.co/2PFu93IyzT

17/07/18

Thank to our Y8 Parents/Carers who attended this morning's Celebration Assembly. Tomorrow, it is the turn of Y10; we look forward to seeing you then.

17/07/18

Congratulations to SAM group 8ZKE who have also been awarded a Mufti Day tomorrow for the amount of achievement points received! https://t.co/4zPakMQc9N

17/07/18

Well done to students in SAM 7RBR who have been awarded a Mufti Day tomorrow for the best attendance record in Year 7 this year. https://t.co/6P3SWzVnMA

16/07/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

The new entrance lobby at is starting to take shape. Great work in this hot weather. https://t.co/t6JXpTb2uq

16/07/18

Lovely to welcome so many parents/carers to our Y7 Celebration Assembly this morning, thank you for your support. We look forward to the Y8 event tomorrow morning. Please do join us, if you can.

15/07/18

Retweeted From Glyn School P.E.

Well done to Mr Tanner and Miss Owen for delivering their Masters research at the St Mary's University Research Conference yesterday. Another two members of staff completing their MA. Well done to staff from and also, great achievement! https://t.co/9pSGdhjqP2

13/07/18

students have landed at Heathrow. What a difference to see only grey clouds! 😩

13/07/18

Retweeted From Rachel Picken

held the GLF Year 9 GCSEs skills Bootcamp today for & students. The students' descriptive writing& literary analysis was inspirational. Thanks to & Mr Matthews for his lecture on the Victorians https://t.co/DHouJDVrOp

13/07/18

Fantastic work from the Interact Club, helping to clear the local community of litter. https://t.co/osLkhFCeNb

13/07/18

Retweeted From Kerrie Cook

Year 9 English conference is well underway. Session 3 (The Victorians) is in full swing. With https://t.co/wnWUg8Nl7i

13/07/18

Well done to our fantastic team of volunteers from the Interact Club who are heading out to clear the ‘100 Steps’ footpath of litter this afternoon https://t.co/qlqpE3dOcs

13/07/18

Another early start, ready for La Reigna Sofía museum. Some tired smiles (again!). https://t.co/k3xflLAQdc

12/07/18

Having a lovely afternoon at Parque Warner. The students have made some new llama friends. https://t.co/EDtv4jITaB

12/07/18

Even the teachers had a great time at Bernabeu Stadium. Kids loving Madrid! https://t.co/lXEZQPoaQJ

12/07/18

Messing about on the river! https://t.co/UGsDE4TsOc

Head of Department: Mr R Kelly
email: ross.kelly@destafford.org.uk

At de Stafford we are proud to offer a comprehensive science curriculum that examines Biology, Chemistry and Physics in an integrated and engaging way. All topics involve a considerable practical content where the children are encouraged to think independently, challenge their ideas and test their own hypotheses and discuss their findings with their peers in a supportive and nurturing environment. In science lessons we encourage children to ask questions and seek their own answers.

We use “Exploring Sciences – Working Scientifically”, published by Pearson, to support our lessons. These resources include a significant digital content which the children can access from home through the Frog home portal. The virtual resources can support and extend the children’s learning in lessons and at home and support our ethos of a questioning and open learning environment.

Both the Key stage 3 and 4 courses are tied into the EDEXCEL science curriculum and as such there is a clear progression route from years 7 to 11.

In Key Stage 3 Students are regularly assessed throughout the topics with small written tests that examine their knowledge and application of the subjects that they have just studied, and will be given the opportunity to reflect on their learning through DIRT activities. Students will also be assessed in many other ways throughout the year to allow timely intervention, support and extension to best support their continued learning.

Key Stage 3

Biology

Pupils will study:

  • Cells tissues and organ systems
  • Sexual Reproduction in Animals
  • Muscles and Bones
  • Ecosystems
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Plants reproduction
  • Breathing and Respiration
  • Unicellular Organisms
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Plant growth

Chemistry

Pupils will study:

  • Mixtures and separation
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • The Particle Model
  • Atoms Elements and Molecules
  • Combustion
  • The periodic table
  • Metals
  • Rocks
  • Making materials
  • Reactivity

Physics

Pupils will study:

  • Energy
  • Current and Electricity
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Fluids
  • Light
  • Energy Transfer
  • Earth and Space
  • Forces and motion 
  • Force fields and electromagnets

Key Stage 4 Science (Edexcel 9-1 Combined Science)

The course consists of six externally examined papers (2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics) and 18 mandatory core practical investigations. Questions about the practical investigations will be included in the 6 exam papers. Each assessment is out of 60 marks, and consists of 6 questions.

Each paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. The assessments are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier. The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.while the higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.

Biology

In Biology pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in biology
  • Cells and control
  • Genetics,
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Plant structures and their functions
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

In Chemistry pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in chemistry
  • States of matter and mixtures
  • Chemical changes
  • Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Fuels and Earth science

Physics

In Physics pupils will study:

  • Key concepts of physics
  • Motion and forces
  • Conservation of energy
  • Waves
  • Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Energy
  • Forces doing work
  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and circuits
  •  Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Particle model
  • Forces and matter

Separate Sciences

The course consists of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each science is examined via two exam papers and requires the completion of 8 core practical investigations per Science    Questions about the practical investigations will be included in the 2 exam papers. Each assessment is out of 100 marks, and consists of 10 questions.

Each paper will include multiple-choice, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. The assessments are available at foundation tier and higher tier. Students must complete all assessments for this qualification in the same tier. The foundation tier paper will target grades 1–5.while the higher tier paper will target grades 4–9.

Biology

In Biology pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in biology
  • Cells and control
  • Genetics
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Plant structures and their functions
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

In Chemistry pupils will study:

  • Key concepts in chemistry
  • States of matter and mixtures
  • Chemical changes
  • Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Separate chemistry
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Fuels and Earth science
  • Separate chemistry 2

Physics

 In Physics pupils will study:

  • Key concepts of physics
  • Motion and forces
  • Conservation of energy
  • Waves
  • Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Astronomy
  • Energy - Forces doing work
  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and circuits
  • Static electricity
  • Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Particle model
  • Forces and matter