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Science

Science impacts all aspects of life in ways in which students may not have even considered before.The Science curriculum aims to ignite student’s curiosity and allows them to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the world around us and how it works. Our curriculum aims to equip students with the knowledge to be able to explain everyday natural occurrences such as ‘Why are plants green?’ or ‘what causes lightning?’ At the same time we encourage students to question the world around them so that their curiosity continues beyond the classroom. Through studying Biology they will gain understanding of living processes that are essential to life in addition to elements of how the body works, health and how the body is able to detect and defend itself against infection. In studying Chemistry they will learn how our planet has evolved over time to allow humans to survive and how we have managed to utilise natural materials for our benefit. Through studying physics they will gain an understanding of space and the universe. They will gain insight into how electricity and energy behave and are transferred, how we are able to generate energy from both renewable and non renewable sources. They will also learn about the mechanics of how we are able to see and hear. Students will be able to apply their understanding to how physics plays a role in explaining everyday life such as how roller coasters work, explaining the changes observed when a person skydives and why anything moves and eventually stops.  

KS3 Science

 All topics have a focus on building experimental, investigative and analytical skills. Different science disciplines are taught in an engaging and challenging way. As students move through KS3, we prepare them to be “GCSE Ready” as well as confident and responsible members of the school and wider community.

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Investigative Skills 

Organisms

Forces

Earth

Energy

Matter

Genes

Electromagnets

Reactions

Waves

Ecosystems

Working Scientifically 

Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Ecosystems

Electromagnets

Matter

Waves

Organisms

Forces

Reactions

Energy

Genes

Earth

Working Scientifically 

KS4 Science

Exam board: AQA

GCSE Science is designed to engage and challenge all students of all abilities and aspirations. The broad program of study encourages learners to be inspired and challenged and aims to allow them to engage with science in their everyday lives. GCSE science aims to provide an insight into and experience of how science works through practical work.

At Key Stage 4, students have the option of the following Science courses:

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy
GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics: GCSE Separate sciences
The GCSE science program for all students begins in Year 9 where all students complete the core topics which are relevant to both courses. Student attainment throughout Year 9 together with the results from the End of Year 9 exam will determine which course best meets the their needs. Therefore, when students commence Year 10, they embark on the course decided most appropriate for their needs.

All GCSE exams for both courses will be at the end of Year 11.