Science is concerned with discovering and describing the world around us by observing and experimenting. Those observations and experimental results allow us to understand natural phenomena and make predictions about how things behave, whether they’re living things, chemical reactions or physical events.
KS3 Science – Curriculum Overview
In Year 7 and 8, pupils will study a variety of different knowledge topics and will begin to develop their investigative skills through practical activities. The aim of these topics is to enable your child to develop a sound knowledge of scientific content alongside key skills including: results analysis, methodology, health and safety precautions, evaluation of conclusions and methods group-work, debate and discussion. Key Stage 3 assessments will be tailored to help them progress seamlessly onto the Edexcel GCSE programme of study.
Topics / Areas of Study
- Cells; Forces and Motion; Reproduction; Particles.
- Muscles, breathing and bones; Electricity; Mixtures
- Ecology and genetics; Space.
- Acids; Fluids; Food and diseases; Periodic table.
- Energy transfers; Rocks; Sound and light.
- Plants; Combustion and metals.
KS4 Science – Curriculum Overview
In Years 9, 10 and 11 pupils study either for three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or for a double award course called Combined Science (EdexcelExam board). In both cases pupils will study equal amounts of the three aspects of Science as outlined by the National Curriculum. The aims of our GCSE course are:
- To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science
- To develop and learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills and
- To develop their ability to critically evaluate claims based on science.
- Cells and cell transport. States of matter; Atomic structure. Motion; Forces.
- Health and disease. Ionic and covalent bonding. Energy.
- Cell control. Acids and alkalis. Waves; Electromagnetic spectrum.
Year 10 & 11
- Genetics; Natural selection. Calculations, electrolysis, metals and equilibria. Radioactivity; Astronomy; Work and forces.
- Plants. Periodic table; Rates of reaction. Electricity.
- Hormones. Energy changes. Magnetism and Electromagnetic induction.
- Exchange and transport; Ecosystems. Fuels and Earth Science. Particles and matter.
- Revision and Exam Preparation