At Isaac Newton Academy, we believe that there is a unique opportunity to ensure Science is taught correctly from the beginning. It is our aim to ensure that the scientific knowledge and understanding required at A-level has its roots in the material taught right from the beginning of the student’s secondary school experience. By embracing the concept of depth before breadth and teaching extended Science topics we hope to provide every student with the foundations for success in science during and beyond secondary school.
In order to instil a desire for learning and a life-long love of the subject we strive to ensure that science is taught in a practical and hands on manner. We take every opportunity to inspire and engage giving the students opportunities to plan and test their own ideas through extended investigations. In addition, where possible, we choose to use topical examples and current issues facing Scientists around the world to ensure our students develop the critical thinking skills that underpin the very nature of Science and Scientific enquiry.
All of our topics cover the material found in the national curriculum and in many cases extend beyond this, introducing some key GCSE level concepts at a natural point where they link with those at Key Stage 3. Each topic has an end of unit assessment which is sat at the end of the term.
In year 7 students study the following topics:
- Science & Scientists
- Life on Earth
- Matter & Solutions
- Forces & Energy
- Light & Sound
- Our Universe
In year 8 Students study the following topics:
- Diet & Health
- Chemical & Material Behaviour
- Environmental Issue
- Circuits & Magnets
- Plants & Photosynthesis
- Polymers & Plastics
In year 9 Students study two Key stage three topics and begin their AQA GCSE science in January. The topics they study are the following:
- Inheritance and Disease
- Forensic Science
- Physics Fundamentals (KS4)
- Biology Fundamentals (KS4)
- Chemistry Fundamentals (KS4)
Year 10 & 11 follow the AQA GCSE 1-9 course in either individual sciences in Biology, Chemistry & Physics or Combined Science: Trilogy depending on their option choice in year 9.
The specifications which include the course content can be found at this link:
These topics are supplemented by a variety of science enrichment activities. We run a popular Science Club all year round, give students a first taste of Zoology with our department pets and enjoy using the roof terrace for Astronomy club during the dark winter evenings and participate in several STEM related enrichments.
The following texts will be used as a base for our AQA GCSE course;
- AQA GCSE (9-1) Biology Oxford University Press Student Book: 9780198359371
- AQA GCSE (9-1) Chemistry Oxford University Press Student Book: 9780198359388
- AQA GCSE (9-1) Physics Oxford University Press Student Book: 9780198359395
We will offer subsidised Revision guides and workbooks by Collins at the start of year 10 but CGP AQA 9-1 GCSE revision guides are also recommended for additional guidance.
We also recommend the following websites for further study:
For those students who want to expand their learning by reading around the subject we recommend the following books:
- The Selfish Gene - Richard Dawkins
- Darwin's Ghost - Steve Jones
- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
- A short history of nearly everything - Bill Bryson
- Bad science - Ben Goldacre
- Periodic Tales – Hugh Aldersey-Williams
- Quantum theory cannot hurt you: a guide to the universe - Marcus Chown
- Why does E=mc2? (and why should we care?) - Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
- Quantum: a guide for the perplexed - Jim Al-Khalili
- Big bang: the most important scientific discovery of all time and why you need to know about it - Simon Singh
Surely you’re joking Mr Feynman! - Richard P. Feynman