Curriculum

SCIENCE

Our aim in Science is to enable pupils to understand, enjoy and marvel at the world around them, through enquiry-based lessons that challenge their thinking. We aim to encourage our pupils to develop a positive and practical approach to science. We also seek to develop key scientific skills, combine knowledge with practical application and establish cross-curricular links, where appropriate. We build understanding of the ‘Big Ideas’ in science that are relevant to pupils’ lives during and beyond school.
Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Safety and skills

Biology

  • Cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction

Chemistry

  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids and alkalis

Physics

  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space
  • Safety and skills

Biology

  • Health and lifestyle
  • Ecosystem and processes
  • Adaptations and inheritance

Chemistry

  • The periodic table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and acids
  • The Earth

Physics

  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and pressure
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Biology

  • B1 Key biological concepts
  • B2 Cells and control
  • B2 Genetics

Chemistry

  • C1 Key chemical concepts
  • C2 separation techniques and purification techniques
  • C3 Atomic structure
  • C4 The Periodic Table
  • C5 Ionic bonding
  • C6 Covalent bonding
  • C7 Structures

Physics

  • P1 Key concepts in Physics
  • P2 Forces and motion
  • P3 Conservation of energy
  • P4 Waves
Biology

  • B1 Key biological concepts
  • B4 Natural selection and evolution
  • B5 Health and diseases and development of medicines
  • B6 Plant Structures and their functions

Chemistry

  • C1 Key chemical concepts
  • C8 Acids and bases
  • C9 Calculations in chemistry
  • C10 Electrolytic processes
  • C11 Obtaining and using metals
  • C12 Reversible reactions and equilibria

Physics

  • P1 Key concepts in Physics
  • P5 Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • P6 Radioactivity
  • P7 Energy and forces doing work
  • P8 Forces and their effects
  • P9 Electricity and circuits
Biology

  • B1 Key biological concepts
  • B7 Exchange and transport of materials in plants and cells
  • B8 ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

  • C1 Key chemical concepts
  • C13 Groups in the periodic table
  • C14 Rates of reactions
  • C15 Heat energy changes in chemical reactions
  • C16 Fuels
  • C17 Earth and atmospheric Science

Physics

  • P1 Key concepts in Physics
  • P10 Magnetism and motor effect
  • P11 Electromagnetic induction
  • P12 Particle model
  • P13 Forces and matter
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: EdExcel GCSE Combined Science (1SC0)

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.