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
  • Key Concepts in BIology
  • Cells and Control
  • Genetics
  • Motion
  • Forces
  • States of Matter
  • Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances
  • Atomic Structure
  • The Periodic Table
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Bonding
  • Types of Substances
  • Waves
  • Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Cells and Control
  • Genetics
  • Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Chemical changes (section b – titration – electroplating)
  • Radioactivity
  • Key concepts in Chemistry
  • Animal Co-ordination, control and homeostasis
  • Energy – Forces doing work + forces and their effects
  • Groups of the periodic table
  • Plant structures and their functions
  • Electricity and circuits
  • Magnetism and motor effect
  • Electricity and circuits
  • Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Fuels and Each Science
  • Ecosystems and material cycles
  • Radioactivity
  • Animal Co-ordination and control
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Revision – Key concepts Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Further Revision lessons to be created from question level analysis
Assessment

Examination Board – Edexcel Combined Science

A mixture of different question styles, including multiple choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. Calculators may be used in the examinations.

Biology Paper 1
Overview Focus
  •  Written exam (1 hour 10 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 60 marks
  • 16.67% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 2 – Cells and control
  • Topic 3 – Genetics
  • Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines
Biology Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 10 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 60 marks
  • 16.67% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions
  • Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
  • Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles
Chemistry Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 10 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 60 marks
  • 16.67% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
  • Topic 3 – Chemical changes
  • Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
Chemistry Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 10 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 60 marks
  • 16.67% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table
  • Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
Physics Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 10 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 60 marks
  • 16.67% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 2 – Motion and forces
  • Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
  • Topic 4 – Waves
  • Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Topic 6 – Radioactivity
Physics Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 10 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 60 marks
  • 16.67% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work
  • Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
  • Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
  • Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
  • Topic 14 – Particle model
  • Topic 15 – Forces and matter

Examination Board – Edexcel Separate Sciences

A mixture of different question styles, including multiple choice questions, short answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. Calculators may be used in the examinations.

Biology

Biology Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 2 – Cells and control
  • Topic 3 – Genetics
  • Topic 4 – Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Topic 5 – Health, disease and the development of medicines
Biology Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in biology
  • Topic 6 – Plant structures and their functions
  • Topic 7 – Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Topic 8 – Exchange and transport in animals
  • Topic 9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

Chemistry Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
  • Topic 3 – Chemical changes
  • Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Topic 5 – Separate chemistry 1
Chemistry Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
  • Topic 6 – Groups in the periodic table
  • Topic 7 – Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Topic 8 – Fuels and Earth science
  • Topic 9 – Separate chemistry 2

Physics

Physics Paper 1
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 2 – Motion and forces
  • Topic 3 – Conservation of energy
  • Topic 4 – Waves
  • Topic 5 – Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Topic 6 – Radioactivity
  • Topic 7 – Astronomy
Physics Paper 2
Overview Focus
  • Written exam (1 hour 45 minutes)
  • Foundation and Higher Tier
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE
  • Topic 1 – Key concepts of physics
  • Topic 8 – Energy – Forces doing work
  • Topic 9 – Forces and their effects
  • Topic 10 – Electricity and circuits
  • Topic 11 – Static electricity
  • Topic 12 – Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Topic 13 – Electromagnetic induction
  • Topic 14 – Particle model
  • Topic 15 – Forces and matter
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.