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KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Science
Term 1Bioenergetics
In this unit, students will explore how plants harness the Sun’s energy in photosynthesis in order to make food. This process liberates oxygen which has built up over millions of years in the Earth’s atmosphere. Students will also learn about how both animals and plants use this oxygen to oxidise food in a process called aerobic respiration.
Assessment: 40 minute test with GCSE exam questions. Students also complete: Required practical activity 6: Investigate the effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis using an aquatic organism such as pondweed.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1Chemical Changes
Students will gain an understanding of chemical changes. Knowing about different chemical changes enables prediction of exactly what new substances can be formed and this knowledge can be used to explain how to develop a wide range of different materials and processes.
Assessment: 40 minute exam with GCSE questions. Students also complete - Required Practical activity 1: Preparation of a pure, dry sample of a soluble salt from an insoluble oxide or using a Bunsen burner to heat dilute acid and a water bath or electric heater to evaporate the solution. -Required practical 2: (chemistry only) determination of the reacting volumes of solutions of a strong acid and a strong alkali by titration. -Required practical 3: investigate what happens when aqueous solutions are electrolysed using inert electrodes. This should be an investigation involving developing a hypothesis.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1Electricity
Students will explore microstructure of conductors, semiconductors and insulators to design components and build electric circuits. They will investigate electricity in the home and make evaluations of products in terms of their power and energy transfer.
Assessment: 40 minute paper with GCSE style questions. Required practical activity 3: use circuit diagrams to set up and check appropriate circuits to investigate the factors affecting the resistance of electrical circuits. Required practical activity 4: use circuit diagrams to construct appropriate circuits to investigate the I–V characteristics of a variety of circuit elements, including a filament lamp, a diode and a resistor at constant temperature.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Energy Changes
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.
Assessment: 40 minute paper with GCSE style questions. Students also complete Required practical activity 4: Investigate the variables that affect temperature changes in reacting solutions such as, eg acid plus metals, acid plus carbonates, neutralisations, displacement of metals.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Homeostasis and response
Students will explore the structure and function of the nervous system and how it can bring about fast responses. They will also learn about the hormonal system which usually brings about much slower changes. Students will consider hormonal coordination and its importance in reproduction and the menstrual cycle.
Assessment: 40 minute test with GCSE questions. Students also complete: -Required Practical activity 7: Plan and carry out an investigation into the effect of a factor on human reaction time.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3, Term 4Forces
Students examine forces and their effects on objects. They will look at both contact and non-contact forces and will calculate resultant forces. Students will also learn about Newton's laws of motion.
Assessment: 40 minute paper with GCSE style questions.Students also complete Required practical activity 6: Investigate the relationship between force and extension for a spring. During periods of home learning there will be an alternative 20 mark test.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Chemical Analysis
Students will learn about a variety different techniques to analyse and identify chemicals, including gas tests, chromatography and flame tests.
Assessment: 40 minute paper with GCSE style questions. Students also complete Required practical 6: investigate how paper chromatography can be used to separate and tell the difference between coloured substances. Students should calculate Rf values. Required practical 7: use of chemical tests to identify the ions in unknown single ionic compounds for both anions and cations. During periods of home learning there will be an alternative 20 mark test.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Rates of Chemical Change
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 exam paper with GCSE style questions. Students will also complete Required Practical activity 5: Investigate how changes in concentration affect the rates of reactions by a method involving measuring the volume of a gas produced and a method involving a change in colour or turbidity. During periods of home learning there will be an alternative 20 mark test.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Quantitative Chemistry
Students will use chemical formulas to calculate amounts of substances in different masses and volumes. They will use quantitative analysis to determine the formulae of compounds and the equations for reactions. Using this information, students will use quantitative methods to determine the purity of chemical samples and their percentage yield.
Assessment: 40 minute paper with GCSE style questions. Key Words and Terms
 
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Term 4Ecology
Students will learn about the different ecosystems and how organisms adapt to survive. Topics include biotic & abiotic factors, food chains, biodiversity and global warming. In addition students will how substances such as carbon and water are cycled through the environment and about the different strategies humans are using to manage waste.
Assessment: 40 minute paper with GCSE style questions. Students also complete Required practical activity 9: measure the population size of a common species in a habitat. Use sampling techniques (quadrats / transects) to investigate the effect of a factor on the distribution of this species.Key Words and Terms
 
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Term 3Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
Students willl discover how the number of chromosomes are halved during meiosis and then combined with new genes from the sexual partner to produce unique offspring. They will explore variation and consider the implications of gene mutation.
Assessment: 40 minute paper with GCSE style questions. During periods of home learning there will be an alternative 20 mark test.Key Words and Terms
 

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