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.

At Key Stage 4, pupils will undertake one of two routes: studying either Combined Science, or Separate/Individual Sciences. Combined Science leads to the award of two GCSEs, whereas Separate Sciences leads to the award of three GCSEs. Regardless of the route they are assigned to, all pupils will study key aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 (KS3) Year 8 (KS3) Year 9 (KS3)

Biology

Cells, Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems

  • Life processes
  • The parts and functions of major organs and systems

Food and Nutrition

  • Nutrients
  • Balanced Diets
  • Digestion and Absorption

Reproduction

  • Reproductive organs
  • pregnancy
  • gestation
  • puberty

Muscles & Bones

  • Breathing
  • Blood
  • Skeleton
  • Movement and Drugs

Ecosystems

  • Variation
  • Adaptations and Food Chains

Chemistry

The Particle Model

  • Solids
  • liquids and gases
  • Brownian Motion
  • Diffusion and Pressure

Mixtures and Separation

  • Mixtures
  • solutions
  • Evaporation
  • Chromatography
  • Distillation

Acids and Alkalis

  • Hazards
  • Indicators
  • pH Scale
  • Neutralisation

Atoms, Elements & Compounds

  • Elements
  • Molecules
  • Metals & Non-metals
  • Compounds and Chemical reactions

The Periodic Table

  • Atomic Model
  • Mendeleev
  • Properties and Trends

Combustion

  • Fuels
  • Oxidation
  • Fire safety
  • Pollution and Global Warming

Physics

Energy

  • Energy Transfer and Stores
  • Fuels and other resources

Current Electricity

  • Circuits and Models

Forces

  • Contact and Non-contact
  • Friction
  • Balanced and Unbalanced

Sound

  • Making and Using sounds
  • comparing waves

Biology

Plants and reproduction

  • Pollination
  • Germination and Growth

Breathing and respiration

  • gas exchange
  • aerobic
  • Anaerobic Respiration

Unicellular organisms

  • Multicellular
  • Fungi
  • Bacteria
  • Protoctists

Genetics and evolution

  • Variation
  • DNA
  • Natural selection

Plant Growth

  • Adaptations
  • Growing Crops
  • Farming Problems
  • Organic Farming

Chemistry

Metals and their uses

  • Properties
  • Describing Materials
  • Pure Metals and Alloys.

Rocks

  • Igneous
  • Metaphoric Rocks
  • Sedimentary Rocks

Making materials

  • Ceramics
  • Polymers
  • Composites
  • Recycling

Reactivity

  • Types of Explosions
  • Active and Passive
  • Extracting Metals
  • Displacement.

Physics

Fluids

  • Particle model
  • Changing State
  • Pressure

Light

  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Colour

Energy Transfer

  • Changing
  • Controlling
  • Efficiency
  • Paying for Energy

Forces and motion

  • Movement
  • Energy
  • Speed
  • Turning Forces.

Force fields and Electromagnets

  • Force Fields
  • Static Electricity
  • Current
  • Resistance

Biology

Key Concepts in Biology

  • Cell Biology & Digestion

Cells and Control

  • Cell Division
  • Growth
  • The nervous system

Genetics

  • Cell Division
  • DNA
  • Inheritance and variation

Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

  • Evolution
  • Darwin
  • Classification and Genes in Agriculture and Medicine

Chemistry

States of Matter

  • Solids
  • Liquids and Gases & Separation techniques

Atomic Structure

  • Atoms and isotopes

The Periodic Table

  • Elements
  • Atomic structure
  • Electronic configuration

 

Ionic and Covalent Bonding

  • Ionic Bonds and properties
  • Covalent bonds
  • Simple and giant covalent
  • structures

Types of Substances

  • Allotropes of Carbon
  • Metals and Bonding models

Physics

Waves and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

  • Waves and Hearing
  • Light and uses
  • Dangers of the  electromagnetic spectrum

 

Motion

  • Vectors and Scalers
  • Distance and Speed/Velocity graphs
  • Acceleration

Forces and Motion

  • Forces
  • Newton and his Laws
  • Momentum
  • Stopping distances

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 10 (KS4) Year 11 (KS4)

Biology

Natural Selection & GM

  • Evolution
  • Darwin
  • Classification & genes in agriculture and medicine.

Health, Disease and the development of Medicines

  • Disease
  • Non communicable and communicable disease
  • Pathogens
  • The immune system. ​

 

Plant structures

  • Photosynthesis and factors affecting it
  • Light intensity
  • Absorbing mineral ions​.

Animal Coordination

  • Hormones
  • Menstrual Cycle
  • Homeostasis​

 

Ecosystems and Material Cycles

  • Ecosystems
  • Abiotic factors
  • Sampling
  • Biotic Factors
  • Parasitism and mutualism
  • Biodiversity
  • Water Cycle
  • Carbon cycle and the Nitrogen Cycle​

Chemistry 

Electrolytic processes and obtaining and using metals & Dynamic equilibria

  • Splitting compounds using electricity.​

 

Acids and Alkalis

  • Acids
  • Alkalis
  • Indicators
  • Bases
  • Balancing equations
  • Neutralisation and solubility

Obtaining and using metals and Dynamic reactivity

  • Oxidation and reduction
  • Lifecycle assessments
  • Recycling

Physics 

Conservation of Energy

  • Energy Stores and transfers
  • Keeping warm
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy.​

 

Energy

  • Forces doing work
  • Forces and their Effects
  • Work and Power

 

Radioactivity

  • Atomic models
  • Inside the atom
  • Radiation
  • Decay
  • Half life
  • Dangers of radiation

 

Electricity & Circuits

  • Circuits
  • Current
  • Resistance
  • Potential difference
  • Energy
  • Power
  • Electrical safety.

Magnetism and the Motor Effect and electromagnetic Induction

  • Magnets and the magnetic field
  • electromagnetism
  • Transformers and energy

 

Biology

Exchange and Transport in Animals

  • Gas Exchange
  • Circulatory System
  • The Heart
  • Respiration.

Chemistry

Groups in the PT, Rates of reaction and Heat Energy Changes in Chemical reactions

  • Groups 1, 7,0
  • Rates of reactions and factors affecting them
  • Catalysts
  • Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions
  • Energy Changes in reactions

Quantitative Analysis, Dynamic Equilibria and Calculations of gases

  • Yields
  • Concentrations
  • Titrations
  • Cells and Fuel Cells.

Hydrocarbons, Alcohol and Carboxyl

  • Acids-Hydrocarbons
  • alkanes
  • Alkenes

Bulk and Surface Properties of Matter including Nanoparticles

  • Flame tests
  • Testing for positive and negative ions
  • Choosing materials
  • Composite Materials and Nanoparticles

Physics

Electricity and Circuits and Static Electricity

  • Circuits
  • Current
  • Resistance
  • Potential difference
  • Energy
  • Power
  • Electrical safety
  • Charges of static electricity and dangers
  • Electric fields.

Magnetism and the Motor Effect and Electromagnetic induction

  • Magnets and magnetic fields
  • National grid
  • Transformers

Particle Model, Forces and Matter

  • Density
  • Energy
  • Gas
  • Bending, Stretching and Extension
  • Fluids

 

Assessment

At Key Stage 3, assessments take place at the end of each term.  At Key Stage 4, end of Yr10 mock exams take place in June/July and Yr11 mock exams take place in November.

KS4 Exam Board Specification (Combined Science): EdExcel Combined Science (1SC0)
KS4 Exam Board Specification (Biology): EdExcel Biology (Separate Sciences) (1BI0)
KS4 Exam Board Specification (Chemistry): EdExcel Chemistry (Separate Sciences) (1CH0)
KS4 Exam Board Specification (Physics): EdExcel Physics (Separate Sciences) (1PH0)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of educational visits throughout the year. Pupils are able to take part in school-wide competitions, as well as representing the Academy in local and national competitions designed to increase their engagement and enhance their subject knowledge. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.