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 KS4, pupils will  study Combined Science (which leads to the award of two GCSEs). All pupils will study key aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Passport to science
  • Y7 Kick start to practical skills
  • Movement
  • Cells
  • Particle model
  • Separating mixtures
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Speed
  • Gravity
  • Current
  • Voltage and resistance
  • Interdependence
  • Plant reproduction
  • Earth structure
  • Universe
  • Energy costs
  • Energy transfer
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Variation
  • Human reproduction
  • STEM activities
  • Passport to science
  • Y8 kick start to practical skills
  • Breathing
  • Digestion
  • Periodic table
  • elements
  • Types of reaction
  • Evolution
  • Inheritance
  • Chemical energy
  • Work
  • Heating and cooling
  • Climate
  • Earth resources
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnets
  • Contact forces
  • Pressure
  • Waves
  • STEM activities
KS4 Curriculum – GCSE Combined Science
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Biology

  • Cell structure and transport
  • Cell division
  • Organisation and the digestive system
  • Organisation in animals and plants
  • Communicable diseases
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Photosynthesis

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical calculations
  • Chemical changes
  • Structure and bonding
  • Electrolysis

Physics

  • Energy changes
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Energy transfer by heating
  • Energy resources
  • Electrical circuits
  • Electricity in the home
  • Molecules and matter
  • Radioactivity
Biology

  • Biogenetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Organisation and the digestive system
  • Organisation in plants and animals
  • Communicable diseases
  • Preventing and treating disease
  • Bioenergetics (Photosynthesis and respiration)
  • Cell division
  • Non communicable diseases
  • Organising and ecosystem
  • Adaptations, interdependence and competition

Chemistry

  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • Energy transfer by heating
  • Electrolysis
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Atomic structure
  • The periodic table
  • Structure and bonding
  • Chemical changes
  • Molecules in matter
  • Crude oil
  • Polymers

Physics

  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Forces in balance
  • Energy resources
  • Motion
  • Forces and motion
Biology

  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Simple inheritance in plants and animals
  • Energy from respiration
  • Proteins and enzymes
  • Energy from the nucleus

Chemistry

  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Chemistry calculations
  • Rates of reaction
  • Acids, bases and electrolysis

Physics

  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Current electricity
  • Mains electricity
  • Work, energy and momentum
  • Radioactivity
  • Motion
  • Forces
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification (Combined Science): Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE ((9-1) in Combined Science (1SC0)

Enrichment Offer

The Department runs a series of out of Academy learning experiences, including museum and fieldwork trips. Pupils participate in a number of experiments during lesson time. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.