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Science

Key Stage 3

The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It
engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop
and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change
affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.
The department runs a bespoke KS3 curriculum over two and a half years which is designed to build high level skills and knowledge and mesh
smoothly with the KS4 courses. Throughout KS3, staff teach all science areas and keep their groups for the year. Science based setting occurs
for Year 7, 8 and 9 groups in order to ensure a suitable response to individual needs and appropriate GCSE preparation

Key Stage 4

At KS4 we offer a range of courses to meet the needs of every student.
In year 11 we deliver the OCR 21st Century Science GCSE specification and have cohorts following both the Core/Additional and Triple
Science pathways. These students begin KS4 study in year 9, giving us a two and a half year KS4. We also offer core science over the two
years for our weaker students.
In year 10 we deliver the new linear GCSE’s following the AQA trilogy combined science and separate sciences. There are higher and
foundation pathways which enable the students to achieve the best possible numerical grade to suit their ability. We also offer an entry
level certificate in science for our weaker students.

Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Triple / separate Science provides the opportunity to further develop understanding of scientific explanations, how science works, and
aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics relevant to careers in science.

  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Year 7 WS: planning
Biology: Cells, breathing & digestive systems, plant organs, ecology,
Chemistry: states of matter, atoms, elements & compounds, introduction to the periodic table
Physics: static electricity, circuits, introduction to forces, 
WS: planning
Biology: Cells, breathing & digestive systems, plant organs, ecology,
Chemistry: states of matter, atoms, elements & compounds, introduction to the periodic table
Physics: static electricity, circuits, introduction to forces, 
WS: analysing
Biology: human & plant reproduction, healthy life & variation and classification
Chemistry: chemical reactions, acids and alkalis, making salts
Physics: energy stores and transfers, sound and light
WS: analysing
Biology: human & plant reproduction, healthy life & variation and classification
Chemistry: chemical reactions, acids and alkalis, making salts
Physics: energy stores and transfers, sound and light
WS: analysing
Biology: human & plant reproduction, healthy life & variation and classification
Chemistry: chemical reactions, acids and alkalis, making salts
Physics: energy stores and transfers, sound and light
WS: concluding & evaluating
Year 8 Biology: Specialised cells, muscles and joints and exercise
Chemistry: particles and separation techniques
Physics: electricity and resistance, resultant forces, pressure, magnets and electromagnets
WS: graphs, explaining & evaluating
Biology: respiration, fertilisation, inheritance and ecology
Chemistry: chemical reactions and environmental chemistry
Physics: energy and efficiency, heat transfer, waves and colour, space and weight
WS: maths skills
Year 9 • Cell Biology
• Atomic structure & the periodic table
• Bonding & structure 1
• Energy and its forms
• Introduction to forces 1
• Plant biology 1
• Ecology 1
• Bonding & structure 2
• Chemical changes
• Introduction to forces 2
Year 10 • Plant biology 1
• Inheritance & evolution
• Bonding & structure 1 & 2
• Introduction to forces 2
• Waves & their features
• Plant biology 1
• Inheritance & evolution
• Bonding & structure 1 & 2
• Introduction to forces 2
• Waves & their features
• Chemical changes
• Particle model of matter
• Diseases
• Quantitative chemistry
• Electricity
• Cell transport
• Homeostasis 1
• Plant biology 1
• Energy changes
• Rates & equilibrium
• Radiation 
• Cell transport
• Homeostasis 1
• Plant biology 1
• Energy changes
• Rates & equilibrium
• Radiation 
Year 11 • Cellular transport & transport systems
• Quantitative chemistry
• Materials & REDOX
• Applications of energy
• The genome & gene expression
• Homeostasis & response 2
• Genome
• Equilibrium
• Further waves
• Magnetism & electromagnetism

• The genome & gene expression
• Homeostasis & response 2
• Genome
• Equilibrium
• Further waves
• Magnetism & electromagnetism

• Analysis & separation
• Application of forces