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

Biology

  • Cells 
  • Reproduction 
  • Body Systems 

Chemistry

  • Particles 
  • Elements
  • Atoms & Compounds 
  • Reactions 
  • Acids & Alkalis 

Physics

  • Forces 
  • Sound 
  • Light 
  • Space

Biology

  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Ecosystem Processes
  • Adaptation & Inheritance

Chemistry

  • The Periodic Table
  • Separation Techniques
  • Metals & Acids

Physics

  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion & Pressure

EdExcel GCSE Science

EdExcel science specifications will be introduced for the 2019/20 academic year.

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Biology

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

Chemistry

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

Physics

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

Biology

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

Chemistry

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

Physics

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

 

Biology

  • Cells
  • Organisms & Energy
  • Common Systems

Chemistry

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

Physics

  • Static & Current Electricity
  • Motions & Forces
  • Momentum & Energy
  • Radioactivity

AQA GCSE Science

These are legacy exam board specifications being studied by the 2019/20 Year 11 cohort. They will be discontinued from 2020/2021 onwards.

Year 11

Biology

  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution

Chemistry

  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half term.

New Exam Board Specifications:
Combined Science: EdExcel Combined Science (1SC0)
Biology: EdExcel Biology (Separate Sciences) (1BI0)
Chemistry: EdExcel Chemistry (Separate Sciences) (1CH0)
Physics: EdExcel Physics (Separate Sciences) (1PH0)

Legacy Exam Board Specifications:
Combined Science: AQA Combined Science 8464
Biology: AQA Biology (Separate Sciences) (8461)
Chemistry: AQA Chemistry (Separate Sciences) (8462)
Physics: AQA Physics (Separate Sciences) (8463)

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.