Combined Sciences and Separate Sciences (Spring 2)

Pupils have now finished their courses. Following on from their mock exams, students will receive their precision teaching /revision plans. They will also have personalised sheets and checklists to help them revise. We will first focus on the required practicals stated in the additional information received from the exam boards and then move onto each topic identified as a pupil weakness.

How parents can get involved:

  • Check your child’s revision plan regularly and ensure they are revising the topics stated
  • Practise flashcards with them using the Leitner system (your child knows this method)

Combined Sciences (Spring 1)

Chemistry: Using resources

Students will continue to study water and how it is cleaned and re-used for drinking. They will look at how fertilisers are made unused. They will also study rusting, phytomining and bioleaching.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss your water bill, see what your water comprises on the Severn Trent website
  • Discuss why people love sauces like mayonnaise
  • Discuss how organic fertilisers like manure compare to shop bought fertilisers

Physics: Waves

Pupils will continue to study wave behaviour. They will learn the fundamentals of longitudinal and transverse waves and then look further at sound waves and the electromagnetic spectrum. Pupils will become proficient in their properties to explain their uses. They will also look deeply at lenses, real and virtual images.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss how rainbows and double rainbows are made
  • Compare different family members' eyesight by using their glasses on different texts

Separate Sciences (Spring 1)

Students have finished their biology and chemistry courses. As such they will focus on their precision teaching plan on a weekly basis.

How parents can get involved:

  • Remind pupils to look over classwork from previous terms
  • Use mock QLA to address misconceptions
  • Use Teams to check the revision homework set
  • Give pupils time to practice exam questions online using websites such as Mathsgenie.co.uk
  • Remind pupils to revise thoroughly for Mock exams

Physics: Waves

Pupils will continue to study wave behaviour. They will learn the fundamentals of longitudinal and transverse waves and then look further at sound waves and the electromagnetic spectrum. Pupils will become proficient in their properties to explain their uses. They will also look deeply at lenses, real and virtual images.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss how rainbows and double rainbows are made
  • Compare different family members' eyesight by using their glasses on different texts

Physics: Space physics

Pupils will review what they already know of the solar system. They will then look at the life cycles of different types of stars, they will link their study of nuclear fusion to what happens inside the star. Students will then study the effect red-shift and how this supports the evidence that space itself (the universe) is expanding and supports the Big Bang theory.

How parents can get involved:

  • Study the stars!
  • Discuss what could happen to our sun as it ages

Combined Sciences (Autumn 2)

Chemistry: Chemical analysis
Pupils will study the required practical for chromatography as the link to formulations. They will then study the test for hydrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and chlorine gas. Chemistry: Chemistry of the atmosphere Pupils will study the history of the atmosphere in the theories surrounding how the earth’s early atmosphere became the current atmosphere. Pupils will then go on to study the future of our atmosphere by looking at global warming, global dimming and acid rain. They will evaluate the impact of these phenomena.

Chemistry: Using resources
Students will study water and how it is cleaned and reused for drinking. They will look at how fertilisers are made unused. They will also study rusting, phytomining and bioleaching.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss your water bill, see what your water comprises on the Severn Trent website
  • Discuss why people love sauces like mayonnaise
  • Discuss how organic fertilisers like manure compare to shop bought fertilisers

Physics: Forces
Pupils will continue to study the three laws of motion. They will use various equations to study speed and acceleration. They will then move on to how moments, levers and gears work. They will use the equation moment of a force = force × distance. Pupils will go on to study stopping distances and how this is affected by breaking distance and thinking distance. Pupils will finish the topic by studying momentum and using the equation momentum = mass × velocity. They will combine their understanding of stopping distances with momentum to look at safety features such as airbags, seat belts, cycle helmets and cushioned surfaces for playgrounds.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss why it is important to wear seat belts whilst in a car
  • Show them how to use a spanner, screwdriver or car jack and explain how it helps you to complete a particular task.

Separate Sciences (Autumn 2)

Chemistry: Chemical analysis

Pupils will study the required practical for chromatography as the link to formulations. They will then study the tests for positive and negative ions, hydrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide and chlorine gas. They will then study analytical techniques to differentiate between positive and negative ions.

Chemistry: Chemistry of the atmosphere

Pupils will study the history of the atmosphere in the theories surrounding how the earth’s early atmosphere became the current atmosphere. Pupils will then go on to study the future of our atmosphere by looking at global warming, global dimming and acid rain. They will evaluate the impact of these phenomena.

Chemistry: Using resources

Students will study water and how it is cleaned and reused for drinking. They will look at how fertilisers are made unused. They will also study rusting, phytomining and bioleaching.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss your water bill, see what your water comprises on the Severn Trent website
  • Discuss why people love sauces like mayonnaise
  • Discuss how organic fertilisers like manure compare to shop bought fertilisers

Physics: Forces

Pupils will continue to study the three laws of motion. They will use various equations to study speed and acceleration. They will then move on to how moments, levers and gears work. They will use the equation moment of a force = force × distance and link this to equilibrium. Pupils will go on to study stopping distances and how this is affected by breaking distance and thinking distance. Pupils will finish the topic by studying momentum and using the equation momentum = mass × velocity, then calculating the change in momentum. They will combine their understanding of stopping distances with momentum to look at safety features such as airbags, seat belts, cycle helmets and cushioned surfaces for playgrounds.

Physics: Waves

Pupils will study wave behaviour. They will learn the fundamentals of longitudinal and transverse waves and then look further at sound waves and the electromagnetic spectrum. Pupils will become proficient in their properties to explain their uses. They will also look deeply at lenses, real and virtual images.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss why it is important to wear seat belts whilst in a car
  • Show them how to use a spanner, screwdriver or car jack and explain how it helps you to complete a particular task.
  • Discuss how rainbows and double rainbows are made.
  • Compare different family members’ eyesight by using their glasses to look at different texts.

Combined Sciences (Autumn 1)

Biology

Pupils will be finishing the biology course by studying plant biology, transport and specifically plant diseases. They will link this to ecology and various sampling
techniques.

How parents can get involved:

  • Study the plants around you and how they interact with each other.
  • Help your children to revise by using the flash cards.

Chemistry: Rates of reaction

Pupils will look at how you can make a reaction faster by studying the effects of concentration, surface area, temperature, the use of catalysts. They will recap on their knowledge of energy and activation energy. Pupils will then study how reversible reactions can be controlled to produce the maximum yield in the shortest time possible. They will look at how industry compromises between yield and rates of reaction for the Haber process.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss how Birmingham and the West Midlands has always been the centre for the manufacturing industry.
  • Help your children to revise by using the flash cards.

Physics: Forces

This unit looks at the application of movement in physics. Pupils will start this unit by studying the three laws of motion. They will use various equations to study speed and acceleration. They will then move on to how moments, levers and gears work. They will use the equation moment of a force = force × distance. Pupils will go on to study stopping distances and how this is affected by breaking distance and thinking distance. Pupils will finish the topic by studying momentum and using the equation momentum = mass × velocity. They will combine their understanding of stopping distances with momentum to look at safety features such as airbags, seat belts, cycle helmets and cushioned surfaces for playgrounds.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss why it is important to wear seat belts whilst in a car
  • Show them how to use a spanner, screwdriver or car jack and say how it helps you to do a particular task.

Separate Sciences (Autumn 1)

Biology

Pupils will be finishing the biology course by studying plant biology, transport and specifically plant diseases. They will link this to ecology and various sampling techniques.

How parents can get involved:

  • Study the plants around you and how they interact with each other.
  • Help your children to revise by using the flash cards.

Physics: Forces

This unit looks at the application of movement in physics. Pupils will start this unit by studying the three laws of motion. They will use various equations to study speed and acceleration. They will then move on to how moments, levers and gears work. They will use the equation moment of a force = force × distance. Pupils will go on to study stopping distances and how this is affected by breaking distance and thinking distance. Pupils will finish the topic by studying momentum and using the equation momentum = mass × velocity. They will combine their understanding of stopping distances with momentum to look at safety features such as airbags, seat belts, cycle helmets and cushioned surfaces for playgrounds.

How parents can get involved:

  • Discuss why it is important to wear seat belts whilst in a car
  • Show them how to use a spanner, screwdriver or car jack and say how it helps you to do a particular task.