Science

Science is delivered following the National Curriculum and pupils are taught are the three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Pupils learn
key areas of study within each science include light, sound, separating mixtures, acids and alkalis, the human body and evolution, plants, animals,
forces and the outside world.

In Science, a cross curricular method to the subject is implemented by integrating in English, ICT/Computing, Mathematics & Humanities. There are
regular opportunities for discussions, role plays and practical activities. Science at Collingwood is all about making the students aware of the world they live in,
preparing them for that world, and where possible practical activities as well as outdoor activities will encourage the students to broaden their understanding. 

Collingwood’s objective is for all students to leave with a formal accreditation. We enter students for array of qualifications based on their suitability; these
include AQA Entry Level 1 and AQA GCSE Biology.

Science Curriculum Overview

Science in Primary

In Key Stage 1 pupils learn about Plants, Animals including humans, Everyday Materials, Seasonal Changes, Living Things and Their Habitats.

In Key Stage 2 pupils learn about Plants, Animals including humans, Living Things and Their Habitats, Rocks, Light, Forces and Magnets, States of Matter, Sound, Electricity.

Science in Year 7 and 8

In the Autumn term the students are learning about health and safety in the lab, learning to name new pieces of science equipment and how to use them. We also investigate science in the news. In the lead up to Christmas we will be researching famous scientists, and learning why they are famous, how they became famous and the science that they are famous for, as well as using science to investigate Christmas.

In the spring term students will be learning all about Earth and the Solar System. They will be looking at the planets in detail, learning about the moon, satellites and travel through space. Whilst studying the Earth, we will investigate biodiversity, the rock cycle, recycling and the impact we are having on our planet.
In Summer we will be learning all about our bodies.

We will discuss the changes that occur as both boys and girls mature, we will look into the human reproductive system, how babies develop and how they are born. We will also look at key organs, investigating how they work, and what happen to your body when you are eating and exercising.

Science in Year Year 9P and Year 10/11G

In year 9 all students start an Entry level certificate qualification in science. In the Autumn term the students are learning about health and safety in the lab, learning to name new pieces of science equipment and how to use them. We also investigate science in the news. After the half term we will be studying Physics. We will investigate Energy, energy transfer and resources. We will be looking at forces at work, measuring speed and thinking about stopping distances.

In the Spring term we will be studying the human body, covering topics such as what the body id made of?, How the body works?, How the body fights disease? And How the body is coordinated.

In the summer we will be moving onto chemistry. We will study atoms, elements and compounds. How structure affects properties, how to separating mixtures, metals and alloys and polymers.

Science in Year 10/11P

In the Autumn term we will be looking at infectious diseases. We will be researching in detail viruses, fungi, and bacteria and the disease they cause in plants and animals. After the half term we will be looking into the human defence system, vaccination’s, antibiotics, painkillers and the discovery and development of medical drugs.

In Spring we will be looking at plant and animal cells, learning how to use the microscopes and making our own microscope slides from onions and cheek cells. We will investigate specialised cells, cell division, and stem cells. We will also look into human tissues, organs and organ systems such as the digestive and circulatory system. We will investigate heart disease, health and lifestyle as well as cancer.

In Summer we take advantage of outdoor learning as when and here possible. We will be looking into the adaptations of animals, how ecosystems are organised. The environment, biodiversity, waste management, global warming as well as investigating how plants make their own food.