So you’ve completed your first full week back at school after the long summer holidays.

Here in the Science department we thought you might like to know what you will be studying in the next few weeks.

All year groups have started with the Lab Licence, but then what?

Year 7 will move onto Cells and learn about the building blocks of all life.

Year 8 will start their topics this year with Food and Digestion, considering balanced diets, how to test for the different constituents of food and the structure and function of the various parts of the digestive system.

Year 9 is a really important year because this is when we cover the basic concepts that are going to help you during your GCSE course. Everything we cover in year is built on during the topics you will do in Years 10 & 11.  We start Year 9 with Microscopes, cell structure and the difference between plant and animal cells compared to bacteria.

Year 10 Biology will be starting with Genetics.  Find out about how characteristics are inherited and why some features can skip a generation.

Year 10 Chemistry pupils need to understand the concepts of how chemicals are put together and how their structures affect their properties.

Year 10 Physics begin the year with waves to develop an understanding of how energy is transferred and how the wavelength and frequency of a wave will affect how it is perceived. There will be a core practical in this topic.

Year 11 Biology  follow up the ecology topic from the end of the summer term with a new topic looking at plants and photosynthesis.  Separate Science groups will also look at the use and function of plant hormones. There will be a core practical in this topic.

Year 11 Chemistry will be looking at the process of electrolysis, how it happens and what it is used for. There will be a core practical in this topic.

Year 11 Physics classes were in the middle of the Electricity and circuits topic when we broke up for the summer, so they will be finishing this.  Some groups may still have the core practicals to complete.

The previous blog post signposts you to places you can find extra help or reading to give you a better understanding of your classwork. Don’t forget that help is also always available from your teacher – we want you to do your best in school, but we can only help you if you tell us that you need it.

Until next time, keep calm and apply some Science!