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. Throughout their five years at Venerable Bede, we intend that pupils will:

  • Improve their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science
  • Learn to apply observational, practical, modelling, enquiry and problem-solving skills and
  • Develop their ability to critically evaluate claims based on science.

DEEP Curriculum Overview

We have organised our Year 7 and Year 8 DEEP curriculum to cover the basic content to build a good foundation for further study. We have ensured that in these two years there is as much representation of the core practical work and key content as possible with these being assessed throughout the course.

Our DEEP curriculum in Years 9, 10 and 11 provides time for pupils to develop their scientific understanding and add to the earlier foundations with frequent opportunities to review and consolidate important concepts.

The GCSE exam board for Science is Edexcel.

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

  • Cells; Forces and Motion; Reproduction; Particles.
  • Human body; Electricity; Mixtures, Ecology & genetics.
  • Space

Year 8

  • Acids; Fluids; Food & diseases; Periodic table.
  • Energy transfers; Rocks; Sound & light, Plants.
  • Combustion and metals.

Year 9

  • Cells and cell transport; Health and disease; Cell control.
  • States of matter and separating substances; Atomic structure and periodic table; Ionic and covalent bonding; Acids and alkalis.
  • Forces; Motion; Energy; Waves; Electromagnetic spectrum.

Year 10

  • Genetics; Natural selection; Plants; Hormones.
  • Calculations, electrolysis, metals and equilibria; Analysis, dynamic equilibria and fuel cells; Periodic table, rates of reaction and energy changes; Fuels and Earth science.
  • Radioactivity; Space; Forces and work; Electricity.

Year 11

  • Exchange and transport; Ecosystems.
  • Hydrocarbons; Qualitative analysis.
  • Magnetism and electromagnetic induction; Particles and matter.