Science


Purpose

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future wealth, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

Pupils will build up a body of foundational knowledge and concepts, they will be encouraged to use rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Aims

The science curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Areas of Study

  • Keystage 3 - National Curriculum

    In year 7 and 8, we follow the National Curriculum and ensure that all knowledge covered is built upon in future years.

      Half Term 1 - Organisms 1

      • Cells
      • Movement
      • Human Reproduction
      Half term 2 - Matter and Reactions

      • Particle Model
      • Separating Mixtures
      • Chemical Energy
      • Types of Reactions
      Half term 3 - Earth

      • Earth Structure
      • Climate
      • Earth Resources
      Half term 4 - Energy and Electricity 1

      • Current
      • Voltage and Resistance
      • Energy Transfer
      • Energy Costs
      Half term 5 - Forces 1

      • Gravity
      • Contact Forces
      • Universe
      Half term 6 - Ecosystems

      • Photosynthesis
      • Plant Reproduction
      • Interdependence

    The curriculum route for year 8 is as follows:

      Half Term 1 - Organisms 2

      • Breathing
      • Digestion
      • Respiration
      Half term 2 - Matter and Reactions

      • Periodic Table
      • Elements
      • Metals and Non-Metals
      • Acids and Alkalis
      Half term 3 - Waves

      • Light
      • Sound
      • Wave Effects
      • Wave Properties
      Half term 4 - Energy and Electricity 2

      • Magnets
      • Electromagnets
      • Work
      • Heating and Cooling
      Half term 5 - Forces 2

      • Pressure
      • Speed
      Half term 6 - Genes

      • Variation
      • Inheritance
      • Evolution
  • Keystage 4 - GCSE

    Year 9 and year 10 – Edexcel

    Both year 9 and year 10 are following the new specification from Edexcel.

    They will either complete a combined award or separate awards. All exams are taken at the end of year 11 and there is no longer a controlled assessment section to be completed.

    For the double award, topics studied are as follows:

    Paper 1: Biology 1

    • 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
    Paper 2: Biology 2

    • 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
    Paper 3: Chemistry 1

    • Topic 1 – Key concepts in chemistry
    • Topic 2 – States of matter and mixtures
    • Topic 3 – Chemical changes
    • Topic 4 – Extracting metals and equilibria
    Paper 3: Chemistry 2

    • 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
    Paper 3: Physics 1

    • 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
    Paper 3: Physics 2

    • 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


    Separate Awards

    For the separate awards, topics studied are as follows:

    Paper 1: Biology

    • 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
    Paper 2: Biology

    • 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
    Paper 1: Chemistry

    • 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
    Paper 2: Chemistry

    • 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
    Paper 1: Physics

    • 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
    Paper 2: Physics

    • 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

    Pupils will receive three GCSE grades at the end of Year 11.

    For more information please visit the Pearson website
  • Year 11 - AQA Science

    The year 11 cohort are the last pupils to complete their GCSE on the AQA exam board.

    They are either studying Core and Additional for two GCSE grades or they are completing the Triple course in which they will received three separate GCSE grades.

    Pupils have already completed the core knowledge in year 9 and 10 so this year the pupils are focussing on the additional GCSE knowledge.

    They need to complete two pieces of controlled assessment, one piece for each GCSE and we also follow the route 2 of these courses.

    Exams Core Percentage (%)
    SCA1FP/HP B1.1 Keeping Healthy,
    B1.2 Nerves and Hormones,
    B1.3 Use and abuse of drugs,
    C1.1 Fundamental ideas,
    C1.2
    Limestone and building materials
    C1.3 Metals and their uses
    C1.4 Crude oil and fuels
    P1.1 Energy transfers
    P1.2 Energy and efficiency
    P1.3 Usefulness of electrical appliances
    35
    SCA2FP/HP B1.4 Independence and adaptations,
    B1.5 Energy and biomass,
    B1.7 Genetic variation and its
    control,
    B1.8 Evolution,
    C1.5
    Useful substances from crude oil
    C1.6 Plant oil and their uses
    C1.7 Change in Earth’s atmosphere
    P1.4 Methods used to generate electricity
    P1.5 Uses of waves for communication
    40
    SCA4P: ISA Controlled assessment 25


    Exams Additional Percentage (%)
    AS1FP/HP B2.1 – Cells and simple transport
    B2.2 – Tissues, organs and organ systems
    B2.3 – Photosynthesis
    B2.4 – Organisms and their environment
    C2.1 – Structure ad bonding
    C2.2 – How structure influences properties and uses
    C2.3 – Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry
    P2.1 – Forces and their effects
    P2.2 – The kinetic energy of objects
    P2.3 – Currents in electrical circuits
    35
    AS2FP/HP B2.5 – Proteins
    B2.6 – Respiration
    B2.7 – Cell division and inheritance
    B2.8 – Speciation
    C2.4 – Rates of reaction
    C2.5 – Exothermic and endothermic
    C2.6 – Acids, bases and salts
    C2.7 – Electrolysis
    P2.4 – Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances
    P2.5 – What happens when radioactive substances decay, and uses and dangers of their emissions
    P2.6 – Nuclear fusion and nuclear fission
    40
    AS4P : ISA – Controlled assessment 25

    For more information on the AQA science qualifications, please visit the website below:


    The pupils who are studying the triple course have to complete a further selection of topics, these are stated below.
    They also have to complete three pieces of controlled assessment, one for each GCSE.

    Exams Triple Percentage (%)
    BH1HP,
    BH2HP,
    BH3HP,
    BH4P
    B3.1 Movement of molecules in and
    out of cells,
    B3.2 Transport systems in plants
    and animals,
    B3.3 Homeostasis,
    B3.4
    Humans and their environment
    Each exam
    is worth 25%
    for each GCSE.
    CH1HP,
    CH2HP,
    CH3HP,
    CH4P
    C3.1 The periodic table,
    C3.2 Water,
    C3.3 Calculating and explaining energy change,
    C2.4 Further analysis and quantitative chemistry,
    C2.5 The production of ammonia,
    C2.6 Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters
    PH1HP,
    PH2HP,
    PH3HP,
    PH4P
    P3.1 Medical applications pf physics,
    P3.2 Using physics to make things work,
    P3.3 Keeping things moving

    For more information on the AQA science qualifications, please visit the website below: