Curriculum Plans



Throughout KS3 students learn about all the Sciences and practise the skills that will help them succeed at GCSE. A variety of activities make up the lessons, including practical work, team tasks, individual research tasks, role play and class discussion, amongst others.

Science Curriculum

Year 7:

AUTUMN: Skills – Intro to practical work. 7A Living systems, 7B Particles,

SPRING: 7C Forces and motion 7D Diet and health, 7E Acids and alkalis

SUMMER: 7F Electricity and magnetism, 7G Reproduction 7H Scientific enquiry

Year 8:

AUTUMN: 8A Photosynthesis and Plant Structure, 8B Atoms, elements and compounds, 8C Energy

SPRING: 8D Ecosystems, 8F Waves

SUMMER: 8G Earth and atmosphere, 8H Space, 8I Scientific enquiry

Year 9

AUTUMN: 9A Respiration and Circulation, 9B Chemical reactions, 9C Speed and pressure.

SPRING: Start GCSE course

COMBINED SCIENCE GCSE

Students will study Edexcel GCSE Combined Science over the course of Years 10 and 11, unless they have chosen to do Separate Sciences. Combined Science is a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and will provide students with two GCSE grades. We have already started teaching these materials to students in Year 9. The examinations are all terminal and as such will be taken at the end of Year 11, either at foundation or higher tier. There is no coursework element and the final grades will be based only on the six examination results.

Content for Combined Science

Biology Chemistry Physics
Paper 1:

Key Concepts in Biology

Cells and Control

Genetics

Natural selection and genetic modification

Health, disease and the development of medicines

 

Paper 1:

Key Concepts in Chemistry

States of matter and mixtures

Chemical Changes

Extracting Metals and Equlibria

Paper 1:

Key Concepts of Physics

Motion and Forces

Conservation of Energy

Waves

Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Radioactivity

 

Paper 2:

Key Concepts in Biology

Plant structures and their functions

Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Exchange and transport in animals

Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 2:

Key Concepts in Chemistry

Groups in the Periodic Table

Rates of reaction and Energy Changes

Fuels and Earth Science

 

Paper 2:

Key Concepts of Physics

Energy – forces doing work

Forces and their effects

Electricity and circuits

Magnetism and the motor effect

Electromagnetic induction

Particle model

Forces and matter

SEPARATE SCIENCES GCSE
Also called “Triple Science”. This path would suit students who are seriously considering the study of one or more sciences at Post 16.

This course will allow students to gain three separate GCSE grades, one each in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Each subject will be taught separately by a specialist teacher and the grades obtained will reflect attainment in that subject area. The separate sciences course offers the best route to advanced level study in science as it takes students up to AS level over the two years. Each grade will be obtained by terminal examination only at the end of Year 11. We have already started teaching some of the combined science cross-over content for this in January Year 9.

Content for Separate Sciences

Biology Chemistry Physics
Paper 1:

Key Concepts in Biology

Cells and Control

Genetics

Natural selection and genetic modification

Health, disease and the

development of medicines

 

Paper 1:

Key Concepts in Chemistry

States of matter and mixtures

Chemical Chages

Extracting Metals and equilibria

Separate Chemistry 1

Paper 1:

Key Concepts of Physics

Motion and Forces

Conservation of Energy

Waves

Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Radioactivity

Astronomy

Paper 2:

Key Concepts in Biology

Plant structures and their

functions

Animal coordination, control and homeostasis

Exchange and transport in animals

Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 2:

Key Concepts in Chemistry

Groups in the Periodic Table

Rates of Reaction and Energy Changes

Fuels and Earth Science

Separate Chemistry 2

 

Paper 2:

Key Concepts of Physics

Energy – forces doing work

Forces and their effects

Electricity and circuits

Magnetism and the motor effect

Electromagnetic induction

Particle model

Forces and matter

Static electricity