Subject Overview   

In Science, pupils study aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics as they develop the skills that scientists use as they go about their work. All year groups are sorted into two bands (known as X and Y) and are taught in ability groups within their band. At key stage 3 pupils build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills that they have already developed in their Primary School. In year 9 they begin their KS4 work and study for a GCSE qualification. Most pupils gain two GCSE qualifications. Some pupils choose to study Triple Science and achieve separate GCSE qualifications in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It is our aim that every pupil achieves an externally validated qualification in Science by the end of year 11. We see Science education in school as the start of a lifelong experience of learning and discovery. As Edwin Hubble the astronomer said, ‘Equipped with our five senses, we explore the universe around us and call the adventure Science.’  

Year 7

In Year 7, pupils study science for three hours a week and complete the following topics:  

  • Forces - Speed and Gravity
  • Electromagnets - Voltage, Resistance and Current
  • Energy - Energy Costs and Energy Transfer
  • Waves - Sound and Light
  • Matter - Particle Model and Separating Mixtures
  • Reactions - Metals and Non-metals and Acids and Alkalis
  • Earth - Earth Structure and Universe
  • Organisms - Movement and Cells
  • Ecosystems - Interdependence and Plant Reproduction
  • Genes - Variation and Human Reproduction

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils study science for three hours a week and complete the following topics:  

  • Forces - Contact Forces and Pressure
  • Electromagnets - Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Energy - Work, Heating and Cooling
  • Waves - Wave Effects and Wave Properties
  • Matter - Periodic Table and Elements
  • Reactions - Chemical Energy and Types of Reaction
  • Earth - Climate and Earth Resources
  • Organisms - Breathing and Digestion
  • Ecosystems - Respiration and Photosynthesis
  • Genes - Evolution and Inheritance

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils begin their GCSE qualification and study science for three hours a week. They complete the following topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics:  

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Cell Biology
  • Organisation
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Particle Model of Matter
  • Atomic Structure  

Year 10

Pupils in Year 10 have several options and can study either AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Most pupils study the AQA Combined Science GCSE Trilogy course. This is a combination of Biology, Physics and Chemistry and enables pupils to gain two GCSE qualifications. Some pupils study separate AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These pupils can gain a single, double or triple GCSE qualification in these subjects. The exams for all these courses contribute 100% of the marks towards their final grade and there is no coursework element. All pupils study Science for four hours a week during Year 10.

Pupils complete the following topics:

  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical changes
  • ForcesEnergyWaves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Particle Model of Matter
  • Forces
  • Space Physics

Year 11

Pupils in Year 11 continue with the option that they chose in Year 10. Therefore, pupils undertake either AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. Most pupils study the AQA Combined Science GCSE Trilogy course. This is a combination of Biology, Physics and Chemistry and enables pupils to gain two GCSE qualifications. Those pupils who study separate AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics can gain a single, double or triple GCSE qualification in these subjects. The exams for all these courses contribute 100% of the marks towards their final grade and there is no coursework element. All pupils study Science for four hours a week during Year 11. Students complete the following topics:

Combined Science

  • Biology - Inheritance, Variation, and Evolution, Ecology.
  • Chemistry – Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources.
  • Physics – Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetism, Particle Model of Matter, Atomic Structure and Forces.  

Triple

  • Biology – Inheritance, Variation, and Evolution, Ecology.
  • Chemistry - Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources.
  • Physics - Energy, Waves, Electricity, Magnetism and Electromagnetism, Particle Model of Matter, Atomic Structure, Forces and Space Physics.

All pupils can go on to study AS and A levels in science if they attain a grade 5 or above in their GCSE Science courses.

(Reviewed September 2018)