Science

The Science Curriculum aims to engage students to experience the full wonder of the world around them and the wider universe. Students are challenged and encouraged to develop curiosity in scientific ideas and concepts in order to establish a firm foundation in key scientific ideas and theories.

Students have the opportunity to participate in various practical activities and engaging trips that aim to enhance their understanding of the subject.

At Key Stage 3, Year 7 students take part in a two week ‘Science Induction’ Programme. The programme aims to prepare students for the Key Stage 3 curriculum and raises their confidence in carrying out practical activities. The following areas are covered:

  • Lab Safety
  • How to use a Bunsen burner and other lab equipment
  • Hazards and Risk Assessments
  • Mathematical Skills in Science

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is split up into two years, Year 7 and Year 8. Many aspects of the Key Stage 3 curriculum are closely related to the GCSE curriculum. Students are assessed at the end of each topic and an end of year exam.

The subjects studied in each year are as follows.

Year 7 – Living System; The Particulate Nature of Matter; Forces and Motion; Diet and Health; Atoms, Elements and Compounds; Levers, Moments and Pressure; Genetics and Evolution; Reactions; Electricity and Electromagnetism.

Year 8 – Photosynthesis, Respiration and Circulation; Acids and Alkalis; Energy; Reproduction and Growth; Materials and Everyday Chemistry; Waves; Ecosystems; The Earth and the Atmosphere; Space.

At Key Stage 4 students study GCSE Science. Students are given the opportunity to study GCSE AQA Core Science in year 9 and 10. Core Science is split up into three units; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each of these units consists of individual topics. Students’ progress is assessed termly by mock exams and end of topic tests.

The topics covered in GCSE Core Science are as follows.

Biology – Keeping Healthy; Coordination and Control; Medicine and Drugs; Adaptation for Survival; Energy in Biomass; Variation, Reproduction and New Technology; Evolution.

Chemistry – Fundamental ideas; Rocks and Building Materials; Metals and their Uses; Crude Oil and Fuels; Products from Oil; Plant Oils; Our Changing Planet.

Physics – Energy transfer by heating; Using energy; Electrical Energy; Generating electricity; Waves; Electromagnetic Waves.

Students who perform well in Core Science are also given the opportunity to study Additional Science in year 11.

The topics covered in Additional Science are shown below.

Biology – Cells, Tissues and Organs; Organisms in the Environment; Enzymes; Energy from Respiration; Inheritance in Plants and Animals; Old and New Species.

Chemistry – Structure and bonding; Structure and properties of compounds; Quantitative Chemistry; Rates and Energy; Salts; Electrolysis

Physics – Motion; Forces; Work, Energy and Momentum; Current Electricity; Mains Electricity; Radioactivity; Nuclear Fission and Fusion.