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 Year 8
Biology

  • Cells 
  • Reproduction 
  • Body Systems 

Chemistry

  • Particles 
  • Elements
  • Atoms & Compounds 
  • Reactions 
  • Acids & Alkalis 

Physics

  • Forces 
  • Sound 
  • Light 
  • Space
Biology

  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Ecosystem Processes
  • Adaptation & Inheritance

Chemistry

  • The Periodic Table
  • Separation Techniques
  • Metals & Acids

Physics

  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion & Pressure
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Biology

  • Key Concepts in Biology
  • Cells & Control
  • Genetics & Natural Selection
  • Health, Disease & Medicine

Chemistry

  • States of Matter
  • Separating Techniques
  • Atomic Structure & The Periodic Table
  • Bonding
  • Acids & Alkalis

Physics

  • Forces & Motion
  • Waves & Energy
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum & Radioactivity
Biology

  • Plant Structures & Functions
  • Animal Coordination
  • Exchange & Transport
  • Ecosystem & Materials

Chemistry

  • Calculations Involving Masses
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Fuels & the Earth

Physics

  • Forces & Energy
  • Electricity & Circuits
  • Magnetism
  • The Particle Model

 

Biology

  • Cells
  • Organisms & Energy
  • Common Systems

Chemistry

  • Atomic Structure & Periodic Table
  • Different Compounds
  • Separation Techniques
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Quantitative Chemistry

Physics

  • Static & Current Electricity
  • Motions & Forces
  • Momentum & Energy
  • Radioactivity
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half term.

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.