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
  • Cells, tissues and organs 
  • Mixtures and separation
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Sexual reproduction
  • Energy
  • Current
  • Electricity
  • Muscles and bones
  • The particle model
  • Forces
  • Ecosystems, variation and food chains
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Sound
  • Plants and reproduction
  • The periodic table
  • Light 
  • Breathing and respiration
  • Metals and their uses
  • Energy transfer
  • Unicellular organisms
  • Earth and space
  • Rocks
  • Making materials 
  • Reactivity
  • Forces and motion
  • Force fields and electromagnets
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Plant growth 
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

 

  • Key biological concepts
  • States of matter
  • Methods of separating
  • Motion
  • Cells and control
  • Atomic structure
  • Periodic table
  • Forces and motion
  • Genetics
  • Genetics – C5 & 6 Ionic and covalent bonding
  • Types of substance
  • Conservation of energy
  • Natural selection and genetic modifications
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Waves
  • Spectrum

 

  • Acids and alkalis
  • Calculations involving masses
  • Health and disease
  • Radioactivity
  • Energy
  • Forces
  • Electrolytic processes
  • Metals
  • Reversible reactions
  • Plants
  • Homeostasis
  • Particle model
  • Electricity and circuits
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Rates of reaction
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

 

  • Exchange and transport in animals
  • Magnestism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Forces and matter
  • Heat energy changes
  • Fuels
  • Earth and atmosphere
  • Reviewing weakest topics and GCSE preparation
  • Examinations 
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.