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The aim in Science is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage with new ideas and explore what interests them. Science has something to offer every student. 

Our core approach is the idea that all students will be inspired and able to engage through practical experiences and investigations in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

The department has a large range of equipment to enrich learning from Year 7 to Year 11. Every student in Year 11 is provided with: 

  • A pocket Revision Guide  
  • An exam practice work book

The department has issued these to ensure students have all the tools necessary to enable students to achieve their full potential. 

The KS3 schemes of learning ensure that students are adequately equipped with the skills needed to enable a smooth transition into KS4. 

 

Courses in Science

Key Stage 4 

Year 9 - 11  

  • GCSE Combined Science (Edexcel)
  • GCSE Biology (Edexcel)
  • GCSE Chemistry (Edexcel)
  • GCSE Physics (Edexcel)  

Key Stage 3 - Year 7 Curriculum Breakdown

Term 1 - Year 7

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment


Wonder In Science

This unit is based on the book ‘Wonder’ and pupils will learn about: 

  • Lab Safety and equipment 
  • How to use a Bunsen Burner safely  
  • Bunsen Burner Licence 
  • Methods and measurements 
  • Graph skills 

Marking episodes 

Cells, Tissues, Organs and  

Organ Systems 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Life processes 
  • Microscopes 
  • Cells 
  • Microscopes practical 
  • Organs 
  • Tissues 
  • Organ systems 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

The Particle Model 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Solids, Liquids and Gases 
  • Density 
  • Changes of state graphs 
  • Hypotheses and theories 
  • Brownian Motion  
  • Diffusion 
  • Air pressure 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

DC1 TEST
Forces

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Different forces 
  • Springs practical 
  • Friction investigation 
  • Resultant force 
  • SI units and speed 
  • Pressure calculations 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

 

Term 2 - Year 7

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment



Reproduction 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Animal sexual reproduction 
  • Male reproductive system 
  • Female reproductive system 
  • Adolescence 
  • Menstrual cycle  
  • Becoming pregnant 
  • Gestation and birth 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 


Current and Electricity 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Circuits and current 
  • Models for circuits 
  • Voltage and current in parallel circuits 
  • Resistance practical 
  • Using electricity 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

DC2 TEST


Elements, Mixtures, Compounds and  

Separation Techniques 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Elements, mixtures and compounds 
  • Metals and non-metals 
  • Chemical reactions and making compounds 
  • Filtering  
  • Crystallisation and evaporation 
  • Distillation  
  • Chromatography investigation 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 


Energy

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Energy from food 
  • Burning foods investigation 
  • Energy transfers and stores 
  • Fuels 
  • Renewable energy resources 
  • Comparing energy resources 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

 

Term 3 - Year 7 

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment



Muscles and Bones 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Muscles and breathing 
  • Muscles and blood 
  • Heart rate practical 
  • The skeletal system 
  • Muscles and movement 
  • Drugs 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

DC3 TEST

Sound

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Making sound 
  • Moving sound 
  • Detecting sound 
  • Insulating sound investigation 
  • Using sound 
  • Comparing waves 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 


Acids and Alkalis 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Hazards 
  • Indicators 
  • Acidity and Alkalinity 
  • Neutralisation 
  • Neutralisation investigation 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 


Ecosystems

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Variation 
  • Adaptations 
  • Effects of the environment 
  • Effects on the environment 
  • Transfers in food chains 
  • Additional sampling ecosystems lesson 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

Key Stage 3 - Year 8 Curriculum Breakdown

Term 1 - Year 8

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment



Body Systems Recap 

This is a review unit due to being missed in Year 7, it will contain: 

  • Levels of organisation 
  • The skeletal system 
  • Joints and movement 
  • Circulatory system 
  • Respiratory system practical 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 


Acids and Alkalis 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Hazards 
  • Indicators 
  • Acidity and Alkalinity 
  • Neutralisation 
  • Neutralisation Investigation 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 


Sound 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Makings sound 
  • Moving sound 
  • Detecting sound 
  • Insulating sound investigation 
  • Using sound 
  • Comparing waves 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 


Energy

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Energy from food 
  • Burning foods investigation 
  • Energy transfers and stores 
  • Fuels 
  • Renewable energy resources 
  • Comparing energy resources 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

 

 

Food and Nutrition 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Digestion 
  • Absorption 
  • Nutrients and uses 
  • Starch test 
  • Benedicts test 
  • Fats and proteins 
  • Balanced diets 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

 

Term 2 - Year 8

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment


The Periodic Table 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Dalton’s atomic model 
  • Chemical properties 
  • Mendeleev’s table 
  • Physical and Chemical changes 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

Breathing and Respiration 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Aerobic respiration 
  • Gas exchange system 
  • Getting oxygen 
  • Comparing gas exchange 
  • Anaerobic respiration 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

MID YEAR EXAM


Metals and Their Uses 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Metals and their properties 
  • Corrosion 
  • Metals and water 
  • Metals and acids 
  • Collecting gas 
  • Pure metals and alloys 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 


Energy Transfer 2 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Temperature change 
  • Transferring energy: Conduction 
  • Transferring energy: Convection 
  • Transferring energy: Radiation 
  • Controlling transfers 
  • Power and efficiency 
  • Paying for energy 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

 

Term 3 - Year 8

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Light 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Properties of light 
  • Reflection 
  • Refraction 
  • Refraction in lenses 
  • Cameras and eyes 
  • Colours 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

END 0F YEAR EXAM

Combustion

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Combustion  
  • Oxidation 
  • Fire safety 
  • Air pollution 
  • Global warming 
  • Reducing pollution 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 


Fluids 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • The particle model 
  • Calculating density 
  • Changing state 
  • Pressure in fluids 
  • Floating and sinking 
  • Drag practical 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

Earth and Space 

In this unit you will learn about:

  • Gathering evidence 
  • Phases of the moon 
  • Seasons 
  • Magnetic Earth 
  • Gravity in space 
  • Making comparisons  
  • Beyond the solar system 
  • Moon landing conspiracy 

 

Marking episodes 

End of topic test 

 

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 9 Combined Science (Edexcel)

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Foundation Units - Key Ideas in Biology 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • The circulatory system 
  • Health and disease 
  • Enzymes 
  • Cells 
  • Photosynthesis 
  • Environmental field work  

Extended writing  

Marking purple zones  

Check point assessments  

Foundation Units – Key Ideas in chemistry  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • The periodic table of elements 
  • The Earth and its atmosphere 
  • Separating techniques 
  • Acids and alkalis 
  • Rates of reactions.

Extended writing  

Marking purple zones  

Check point assessments  

Foundation Units – Key Ideas in Physics  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How an electrical circuit works  
  • Circuit symbols 
  • Magnets 
  • Electromagnets 
  • Renewable and non-renewable energy resources 

Extended writing  

Marking purple zones  

Check point assessments  


Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 2

Key Concepts in Biology  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How microscopy has allowed us to find out more about the sub-cellular structures found in plants and animals. 
  • The importance of enzymes in nutrition, growth and development. 
  • How enzymes are affected by temperature and why each enzyme only works on a certain type of molecule. 
  • How substances are carried by diffusion, osmosis and active transport. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

 

Cells and Control  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • Mitosis and its importance in growth, repair and asexual reproduction.  
  • How cells become specialised, and the importance of stem cells.  
  • How to identify different specialised cells in the nervous system and explain how the system works. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Genetics  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How gametes are produced by meiosis.  
  • The structure of DNA. 
  • Mutations and how genes cause variation.  
  • Why certain characteristics are passed down through families. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Natural Selection and Genetic Modification 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Darwin’s theory of evolution. 
  • How different methods are used to investigate evolution. 
  • How organisms are classified. 
  • How selective breeding is carried out. 
  • How genetic modification is carried out.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Health, Disease and the Development of Medicine 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How to define health. 
  • How some pathogens that cause diseases. 
  • How the spread of pathogens can be reduced or prevented. 
  • How the body is protected against infection. 
  • How the immune system works. 
  • How antibiotic work. 
  • How new medicines are developed.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 


Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 3

States of Matter: Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances 

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • How the arrangement and movement and energy of particles change during state changes.  
  • How to use melting points to tell the difference between mixtures and pure substances.  
  • How to identify substance using melting points and chromatography.  
  • How different methods of separation work. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

 

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table 

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • How our ideas about atoms have changed over time.  
  • What is relative atomic mass  
  • How to calculate relative atomic mass for an element 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Covalent and Ionic  Bonding and Types of Substances 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How covalent and ionic bonds are formed.  
  • The properties of covalent and ionic compounds. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Acids and Alkalis 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • The ions in acids and alkalis, and how their concentrations are linked to pH. 
  • What happens in the reactions between acids and different types of bases. 
  • How different indicators can be used in acid-alkali titrations. 
  • How different soluble and insoluble salts can be prepared. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

 

 

Year 10 Combined Science (Edexcel)

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Health Disease and Medicine  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How to define health. 
  • How some pathogens that cause diseases. 
  • How the spread of pathogens can be reduced or prevented. 
  • How the body is protected against infection. 
  • How the immune system works. 
  • How antibiotics work. 
  • How new medicines are developed. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

 

Separating and  
Purifying Substances  

In this unit you will learn about:  
  • How the arrangement, movement and energy of particles change during state changes.  
  • How to use melting points to tell the difference between mixtures and pure substances.  
  • How to identify substances using melting points and chromatography.  
  • How different methods of separation work. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

The Periodic Table and Atomic Structure  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • How our ideas about atoms have changed over time.  
  • What is relative atomic mass  
  • How to calculate relative atomic mass for an element 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Ionic and Covalent Bonding  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How covalent and ionic bonds are formed.  
  • The properties of covalent and ionic compounds. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Acids and Alkalis  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • The ions in acids and alkalis, and how their concentrations are linked to pH. 
  • What happens in the reactions between acids and different types of bases. 
  • How different indicators can be used in acid-alkali titrations. 
  • How different soluble and insoluble salts can be prepared. 

 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Calculations Involving Masses  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How to represent elements and compounds as symbols. 
  • How mass is conserved during changes of state and chemical reactions. 
  • How to show chemical reactions using equations.  

 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 


Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 2

Electrolysis and Extracting Metals  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • Oxidation and reduction reactions. 
  • The reactivity series. 
  • The advantage of recycling materials. 
  • How to explain what happens during electrolysis.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

 

Motion 

In this unit you will learn about:  
  • The difference between a vector and scalar quantity. 
  • How to calculate the speed and acceleration of an object. 
  • How to represent a journey as a DT and VT graph.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Forces and Motion  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Newton’s Laws of Motion. 
  • How to calculate weight from an object’s mass. 
  • The factors that affect the stopping distance of a vehicle. 
  • The dangers of large decelerations. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Conservation of Energy  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • How energy is transferred and stored. 
  • How to represent energy using diagrams. 
  • How to calculate efficiency. 
  • How to reduce transfers of wasted energy.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Waves 

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Waves and how they transfer energy and information. 
  • How to describe the characteristics of a wave. 
  • How the speed of a wave is related to its frequency and wavelength. 
  • How the speed of a wave is related to the time it takes to travel a certain distance. 
  • How waves are refracted at boundaries between different materials. 

 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Light and the Electromagnetic     Spectrum  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • The electromagnetic spectrum, including the uses of the different parts. 
  • The harmful effects of the waves in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. 

 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Radioactivity  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How particles are arranged inside an atom. 
  • How to represent atoms as symbols. 
  • The different types of radiation, their dangers and how to protect ourselves.

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 


Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 3

Plant Structures and their Functions  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • Photosynthesis and the factors that affect its rate. 
  • How water uptake is affected by different factors. 
  • How the reactants and products of photosynthesis are transported around a plant.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Animal Coordination and Homeostasis  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • The endocrine glands. 
  • How hormones are transported to their target organs. 
  • How the menstrual cycle is controlled. 
  • How hormones are used in contraception. 
  • Diabetes and how blood glucose concentration is controlled.    

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

 

Exchange and Transport in Animals  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • The different types of respiration. 
  • How the lungs, heart, blood vessels, and the blood are adapted to thier functions. 
  • How to calculate cardiac output.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

 

 

Ecosystems and Material Cycles 

In this unit you will learn about: 
  • How ecosystems are organised.  
  • How communities are affected by biotic and abiotic factors.  
  • How the abundance and distribution of organisms are measured.  
  • Parasitism and mutualism  
  • How humans can affect ecosystems and the importance of maintaining biodiversity.  
  • How materials are cycled through ecosystems 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

 

 

Year 11 Combined Science (AQA)

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Acids and Alkalis  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • The ions in acids and alkalis, and how their concentrations are linked to pH.  
  • What happens in the reactions between acids and different types of bases.  
  • How different indicators can be used in acid-alkali titrations.  
  • How different soluble and insoluble salts can be prepared. 

 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Past exam papers

Calculations Involving Masses  

In this unit you will learn about: 

  • How to represent elements and compounds as symbols. 
  • How mass is conserved during changes of state and chemical reactions. 
  • How to show chemical reactions using equations. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Past exam papers

Electrolysis and Extracting Metals  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • Oxidation and reduction reactions. 
  • The reactivity series. 
  • The advantage of recycling materials. 
  • How to explain what happens during electrolysis. 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Past exam papers

Groups in the Periodic Table  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • How to write balanced chemical equations, including the state symbols. 
  • The properties and reactions of the elements in groups 1, 7 and 0.  
  • How changes in conditions can affect the rate of a reaction.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Past exam papers

Fuels and the Atmosphere  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • How hydrocarbons are found in crude oil and natural gas. 
  • How crude oil is separated into useful fractions. 
  • The alkanes as a homologous series. 
  • The problems caused by atmospheric pollutants. 
  • The Earth’s changing atmosphere and climate change.

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Past exam papers


 


Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 2

Electricity and Circuits  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • Current, charge and potential difference. 
  • How to calculate resistance, power and energy transferred. 
  • The UK domestic electricity supply and electrical safety in homes.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Past exam papers

Magnetism, the Motor Effect and Electromagnetic Induction  

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • Permanent and induced magnets, and how to represent a magnetic field. 
  • The magnetic field and current around a wire and the factors that affect it.  
  • How to use the power equation for transformers. 
  • How transformers are used in the national grid.

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Past exam papers

The Particle Model, Forces and Matter 

In this unit you will learn about:  

  • The different densities of substances and how to calculate density. 
  • Specific heat capacity and specific latent heat and how to calculate them both. 
  • How changing the temperature of a gas effects its pressure. 
  • The Kelvin and Celsius temperature scales. 
  • Elastic and inelastic distortion. 
  • The relationship between force, extension, and how to calculate the extension and spring constant 

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Past exam papers


Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 3

 

 

 

Year 11 Revision  

During this time you will: 
  • Develop your exam technique and learn different methods to support you in answering GCSE exam questions. 
  • Develop a range of revision strategies to help prepare for the terminal exams at the end of year 11 
  • Re-visit key concepts across the syllabus and carry out targeted revision. 
  • Re-visit the GCSE required practicals and using simulations learn how to interpret and analyse data.  

Extended writing  

Retrieval grids  

Extended purple zones 

Past exam papers

 

 

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