Curriculum

Science

Our aim in Science is to enable pupils to understand, enjoy and marvel at the natural world, through enquiry-based lessons that challenge their thinking. We aim to encourage our pupils to be curious about the world around them and to develop a positive and practical approach to scientific learning.  We build understanding of the ‘Big Ideas’ in science that are relevant to pupils’ lives during and beyond school. We achieve this through a wide and varied curriculum in which pupils are regularly challenged and reviewed.

At Key Stage 4, pupils will undertake one of two routes: studying either Combined Science, or Separate/Individual Sciences. Combined Science leads to the award of two GCSEs, whereas Separate Sciences leads to the award of three GCSEs. Regardless of the route they are assigned to, all pupils will study key aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8

Biology

  • Cells 
  • Reproduction 
  • Body systems 

Chemistry

  • Particles 
  • Elements
  • Atoms and compounds 
  • Reactions 
  • Acids and alkalis 

Physics

  • Forces 
  • Sound 
  • Light 
  • Space

Biology

  • Health and lifestyle
  • Ecosystem 
  • The Earth
  • Adaptation and inheritance

Chemistry

  • The Periodic Table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals and acids

Physics

  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and pressure
Year 9 (EdExcel) Year 10 (EdExcel) Year 11 (AQA)

Biology

  • Key concepts in biology
  • Cells and control
  • Genetics
  • Natural selection and genetic modification
  • Health, disease and the development of medicines
  • Plant structures and their functions,
  • Animal coordination, control and homeostasis
  • Exchange and transport in
    animals
  • Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

  • Key concepts in chemistry
  • States of matter and mixtures
  • Chemical changes
  • Extracting metals and equilibria
  • Groups in the periodic table
  • Rates of reaction and energy changes
  • Fuels and Earth science

Physics

  • Key concepts of physics
  • Motion and forces
  • Conservation of energy
  • Waves
  • Light and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Radioactivity
  • Energy – forces doing work
  • Forces and their effects
  • Electricity and circuits
  • Magnetism and the motor effect
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Particle model
  • Forces and matter

Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
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.