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 and alkalis 

Physics

  • Forces 
  • Sound 
  • Light 
  • Space

Biology

  • Health and lifestyle
  • Ecosystem 
  • The Earth
  • Adaptation and inheritance

Chemistry

  • The Periodic Table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and acids

Physics

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

Biology

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

Chemistry

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

Physics

  • Forces and Motion
  • Waves and Energy
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum and Radioactivity

Biology

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

Chemistry

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

Physics

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

Biology

  • Cells
  • Organisms and Energy
  • Common Systems

Chemistry

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

Physics

  • Static and Current Electricity
  • Motions and Forces
  • Momentum and 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 (1BI0)
KS4 Exam Board Specification (Chemistry): Edexcel Chemistry (1CH0)
KS4 Exam Board Specification (Physics):  Edexcel Physics (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.