The aim of the Science curriculum is to provide students with the foundations for understanding the world through specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. The students are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Our aim is to create scientifically literate citizens who can engage in an informed way with scientific issues that affect them and society. In addition to this grounding of subject specific knowledge, we want students to be able to apply their knowledge to new and varied situations and to utilise the methodologies of scientific enquiry and competency in practical skills in order to ask further questions about the natural world.

When we think of science we tend to think of Bunsen Burners, white lab coats and microscopes, our science curriculum encourages students to learn about these things but show that there is so much more beyond this.

At Key Stage 3 the curriculum covers a broad range of topics in all 3 sciences such as Astronomy, Who Are We and Chemical Interactions, which lay the foundations for GCSE study. Students are firstly introduced to science through the This is Science topic. This introduces key scientific skills and concepts and begins the development of their investigative skills which continues be developed through all practical work.

  • Cells
  • Food and Digestion
  • Who Are We?
  • Life Processes
  • Human Biology
  • Ecology
  • Atoms
  • Chemical Interactions
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Solutions and Mixtures
  • Earth
  • Reactions
  • Energy and Forces
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Astronomy
  • Waves
  • Speed

GCSE Science helps students to make sense of the world around them and explain the Science they come across in everyday life. They come to appreciate what Science can tell them about themselves, the environment and the Universe. Students achieve three separate GCSE grades; one in Biology, another in Chemistry and a third in Physics or two combined Science GCSEs. Their overall grade for their Science GCSEs is calculated through linear examinations. Practical skills such as planning experiments, analysing and evaluating evidence, and interpreting and presenting results are assessed through written assessment, incorporated into each of their individual Year 11 examinations.

Triple Science assessment consists of two 1 hour and 45 minutes terminal examinations, for each of the Science subjects. Combined Science assessments consists of two 1 hour 15 minutes for the each of the Science subjects. Students must also complete required practical activities, defined by the examination board. Both the Triple Science and Combined Science pathway allows progression to each of the A-Level Science subjects and supports progression into further and higher education.

All students in Year 9 will initially follow a Triple Science pathway. After completion of assessments at the end of the Academic year students will guided onto which Science pathway is most suitable for them. This is done in collaboration with staff, students and parents.

  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and Response
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter
  • Chemical Changes
  • Energy Changes
  • The rate and Extent of Chemical Change
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  • Using Resources
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle Model of Matter
  • Atomic Structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Space Physics (Triple only)

Subject Policies/Plans

Subject Leader/s

Dr K Saadat
Mr Inchley