Curriculum Overview Map
Science is an integral aspect of everyday life; from the way our bodies function, how we interact with our environment and how we capitalise on the Earth’s rich and varied resources. Without an appreciation of science it would be difficult to understand the world around us. Technology and medical science is ever evolving and the role of science and scientists is pivotal in enabling this progression to happen at pace. Scientists are curious and have inquiring minds, they question, challenge and investigate. Learning about science and working scientifically fosters life skills; students learn how to plan, how to organise, how to work collaboratively, they learn how to analyse and evaluate information. Science provides knowledge and understanding that students can begin to apply to new and unknown contexts.
Year 10 have been really busy applying their practical skills since returning from the Easter break. As part of their GCSE Chemistry course, the boys have been making a soluble salt from reacting an acid with an insoluble base. Over the course of a week, the boys have been able to see the formation of salt crystals as the remaining water evaporates from the salt solution they have made in a previous lesson.
Year 10 Separate Scientists have also have the opportunity to undertake a titration to ascertain the concentration of sulphuric acid through quantitative analysis, linking their knowledge and understanding of reactions of acids and neutralisation with the application of mole calculations they were introduced to last term. And in physics, we have been looking at magnetic fields and how current passing through a wire produces a magnetic field and its shape.
After evaporating some of the water from the copper sulphate solution, we left the salt to crystallise over the course of a week. At one stage we had around 36 evaporating basis and crystallising dishes at various stages of crystallisation!
About a week later this is what our copper sulphate crystals looked like - some of the boys were disappointed that they couldn't take them home!
Titration enables Separate Science students to experience using an array of 'new' apparatus including burettes and pipettes and brush up on their measurement-taking and calculation skills. The boys really enjoyed this required practical and it was impressive watching them work through the method with care and accuracy.
Following on from plotting the magnetic field around a bar magnet, Separate Scientists tried to plot the magnetic field of a wire carrying current to varying degrees of success! More fun was had making electromagnets with coiled insulated wire around an iron core and seeing how many paperclips it could pick up.
Reading around science
There are lots of science related themes you could be reading about to extend your knowledge - not just revision guides and text books. Check out this link for some great suggested science-themed books!