Curriculum

SCIENCE

Our aim in Science is to enable pupils to understand, enjoy and marvel at the natural world, through enquiry-based lessons that challenge their thinking. We aim to encourage our pupils to be curious about the world around them and to develop a positive and practical approach to scientific learning.  We build understanding of the ‘Big Ideas’ in science that are relevant to pupils’ lives during and beyond school. We achieve this through a wide and varied curriculum in which pupils are regularly challenged and reviewed. Pupils have the opportunity to study all three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Science at KS3
Year 7 Year 8
  • Safety and skills
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Structures and functions of the body
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Reproduction
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Forces
  • Chemical reactions
  • Energy
  • Metals and acids
  • Health and lifestyle
  • Separation techniques
  • The periodic table
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Ecosystem processes
  • The earth
  • Adaptation and inheritance
  • Motion and pressure
Assessment

Formal Assessment takes place at the end of each Half-Term.

Science at KS4 (GCSE)
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Cell structure and transport
  • Cell division
  • Organisation and the digestive system
  • Organisation in animals and plants
  • Communicable diseases
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Photosynthesis
  • Atomic structure
  • The periodic table
  • Structure and bonding
  • Chemical calculations
  • Chemical changes
  • Electrolysis
  • Energy changes
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Energy transfer by heating
  • Energy resources
  • Electrical circuits
  • Electricity in the home
  • Molecules and matter
  • Radioactivity
  • Cell structure and transport
  • Organisation and the digestive system
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Energy transfer by heating
  • Atomic structure
  • The periodic table
  • Structure and bonding
  • Organisation in plants and animals
  • Molecules in matter
  • Chemical changes
  • Forces in balance
  • Electrolysis
  • Communicable diseases
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Crude oil
  • Polymers
  • Bioenergetics (Photosynthesis and respiration)
  • Cell division
  • Non communicable diseases
  • The earth’s resources
  • Using our resources
  • Energy resources
  • Adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • Organising and ecosystem
  • Motion
  • Forces and motion
  • Organisms and the environment
  • Cells, tissues and organisms
  • Photosynthesis
  • Structure and bonding
  • Structure and properties
  • Chemistry calculations
  • Motion
  • Forces
  • Current electricity
  • Mains electricity
  • Rates of reaction
  • Simple inheritance in plants and animals
  • Energy from respiration
  • Acids, bases and electrolysis
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • Work, energy and momentum
  • Radioactivity
  • Energy from the nucleus
Assessment

Examination Board – AQA Combined Science -Trilogy

Biology Paper 1
Overview Focus
  •  Written exam (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
Biology Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
Chemistry Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
Chemistry Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
Physics Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
Physics Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 15 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 70 marks
  • 16.7% of GCSE
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Examination Board – AQA Separate Sciences – Biology

Biology Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
Biology Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Examination Board – AQA Separate Sciences – Chemistry

Chemistry Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
Chemistry Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Examination Board – AQA Separate Sciences – Physics

Physics Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
Physics Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Space physics
Enrichment Offer

The Department runs a series of out of Academy learning experiences, including museum and fieldwork trips. Pupils in Year 7 and 8 have the opportunity to take part in a lunchtime Science club. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.