Science

Developing analytical thinkers that investigate the world around them.

A Scientist at OSSMA should be able to:

  • Accurately collect, present and record data
  • Understand scientific methodology and be able to plan and carry out scientific enquiries
  • Be able to use scientific equipment correctly and safely
  • Interpret and evaluate results and observations
  • Use correct symbols, units and equations
  • Use technical terminology accurately and precisely
  • Predict how things will behave
  • Understand the uses and implications of science today
  • Use Scientific ideas to explain the world around them

Science at OSSMA:

Science is at the root of everything that we see, from the technology that we use in our everyday lives to global issues such as climate change. With Scientific knowledge and understanding, we can protect, influence and improve the world around us. We must develop today the Scientists of the future to ensure that advancements in medicine, the environment, materials and technology (to name a few) continue.

Science also has benefits for the individual, developing communication skills during practical group work, analytical skills through the collection and interpretation of data and skills in evaluating the validity of evidence. With an increasing reliance on the internet as a source of information, our young people must be able to determine what information is relevant and reliable and this is a skill that they will learn through the study of Science.

Science will give students the knowledge and critical thinking skills that they will need to protect our environment for future generations. The field of medicine has made great advancements in recent years, but if we are to continue the increase in survival rates, find kinder treatments and new solutions we must have Scientists with a drive and determination to make a difference. In conclusion, studying Science and the knowledge and skills that it encourages, is a necessity for everyone.

What does a scientist do?

  • Planning investigations
  • Writing methods
  • Working safely in a lab
  • Introduction to the three sciences. 
  • Handling Data

How can we use Physics?

  • Forces and force diagrams
  • Mass, weight and gravity. 
  • Speed, distance and time
  • Velocity and velocity graphs
  • Magnetism and electromagnets

What is a human?

  • Cells, tissues and organs
  • The human digestive system
  • The Human circulatory system
  • Breathing and Gas exchange
  • The heart and Heart Disease

What is the universe made from?

  • The three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases
  • Change of states
  • Dissolving and diffusion
  • Atomic Structure
  • The development of the atom
  • The Periodic table
  • Separating mixtures

How does science work?

  • How science works
  • Reducing biased
  • Types of errors and how to reduce them
  • Types of data
  • Handling data

Who are we and what connects us?

  • Types of Reproduction
  • Animal and plant reproduction
  • DNA
  • Inheritance
  • Variation

How can we stay healthy?

  • Staying healthy
  • Types of infection
  • Types of disease
  • How the human body reacts to diseases
  • Vaccinations

What is a chemical reaction?

  • Signs of a chemical change
  • The reactivity series
  • Displacement reactions
  • Acids, alkalis and neutralisation
  • Endothermic and exothermic reactions

How do we explore the universe?

  • Our solar system, the galaxy and the universe
  • Gravity and weight
  • The seasons and the Earth’s orbit. 
  • Light waves
  • Sound waves
  • Using waves for communication

How can we identify substances?

  • Fundamental investigation skills
  • Evaluating results and data
  • Analytical methods including
    • Chromatography
    • Flame tests
    • DNA extraction

How can chemistry help the environment”

  • The rock cycle
  • The formation of the Earth’s Atmosphere
  • Changes to today’s atmosphere
  • Climate change
  • Recycling

Where does our energy come from?

  • Renewable and non-renewable energy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Insulation and conduction
  • Electricity
  • Voltage, current and resistance.

How do organisms live together?

  • The environment
  • Habitats and ecosystems
  • Adaptations
  • Evolution and natural selection
  • Biodiversity
  • The importance of biodiversity

Students in year 10 begin their study for their GCSEs. At OSSMA, students sit exams from the AQA examination series with most students sitting Combined Science. All students will study equal parts biology, chemistry, and physics as part of their course.

  • Atomic Structure
  • The Particle Model of Matter
  • Nuclear Radiation
  • Organisation
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Chemical Changes
  • Energy
  • Infection and Response
  • Electricity
  • Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions
  • Rate and Extent of Chemical Changes
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Forces
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
  • Waves
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  • Using Earth’s Resources
  • Ecology
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism