Subject rationale – Why study the subject? What benefits does it bring.
Science is the area of study where students are taught the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Pupils are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
KS3 Curriculum Overview
Our aim at KS3 is to build a body of key knowledge and concepts in such a way that pupils are enthused about their science lessons. Practical activities are used as much as possible as they make a great impression on pupils and help trigger memories about the science involved long after the lesson has ended. We take every opportunity to enrich the understanding of the science disciplines. The flexibility offered in KS3 is taken on board to make content as stimulating and horizon-widening as possible, a broad and balanced curriculum is our main aim.
Years 7,8 and 9 are taught using the Exploring Science scheme.
In Year 7 pupils explore the following topics. Click on the below links for a summary of each topic:
In year 8 pupils explore the following topics. Click on the below links for a summary of each topic:
In year 9 pupils explore the following key stage 3 topics up to Christmas. After Christmas, they begin working towards their GCSE.
Year 9 GCSE topics:
Biology - GCSE Topic 1:key concepts in biology
- GCSE Topic 2: states of matter; methods of separating and purifying substances.
- GCSE Topic 1 : atomic structure; periodic table
- GCSE Topic 8: Earth and atmosphere science
Physics - GCSE Topic 2: motion and forces;
KS4 Curriculum Overview
Exam board: Edexcel
There are two pathways at Key Stage 4, which ensures that all students follow the course which is best suited to their needs and interests. Please click on a subject to view the specification.
GCSE separate sciences:
KS4 Assessment Overview
- November - assessments composed of GCSE questions
- May - GCSE paper 1 in all three sciences
- December - GCSE paper 1 in all three sciences
- March - GCSE paper 2 in all three sciences
Click on the links below to find the GCSE specifications:
Revision Guides can be bought through Schoolcomms or directly from the science department. These are excellent resources for the students to be able to work independently at home.
- Revision guides: £3
- Workbooks and answers: £5.50
GCSE Combined Science
- Revision guides: £6.00
- Workbook and answers: £7.00
GCSE Separate Science
Revision guide: £3
Workbook and answers: £4
Chief scientific officer, doctor, nurse, weather forecaster, physiotherapist, teacher, science journalist, medical researcher, medical physicist, food scientist, arable famer, vet, wildlife photographer, oceanographer, waste disposal manager, landscape gardener, car designer, chemical engineer, mechanical engineer, sports coach.
A useful website to help pupils learn their science work is: senecalearning.com
Enter KS3 science in the "Search for a course..." box:
You will then see all KS3 courses which you can revise.
Seneca can also be used to revise GCSE work too.
Year 7 and 8
Useful GCSE sites:
Past GCSE papers: