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Science is the study of the world around us, how it functions and how it might change in the future. It is a lot more than a collection of facts and figures; it is a process for learning about the natural world, the study of elements of the Earth and beyond, into the observable universe.

We can all have ideas about how the world might work or why something might happen, but Science allows us to make predictions, design experiments and test those ideas. From the motion of particles too tiny to see, to the life and death of giant stars in distant galaxies: the Science department's goal is to start you on a pathway of discovery about the universe that will last a lifetime.

The achievement of your Science qualifications at GCSE, whether that be following the Combined Science Award or the three individual sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, will open doors for you throughout your life. As a student of Science, we will not only increase your knowledge and curiosity of Science... we will make you into a scientist!  

Curriculum information:

Year

Autumn

Spring

Summer

7

  • Working scientifically – practical skills
  • Energy – Energy costs and transfers
  • Organisms – Cells
  • Matter – Particle model and separating mixtures
  • Forces – Speed and gravity
  • Genes – Variation and human reproduction
  • Earth – Structure of the Earth and the universe
  • Waves – Sound and light
  • Ecosystems – Interdependence and plant reproduction
  • Reactions – metals and non-metals; acids and alkalis
  • Electromagnets – Voltage, current and resistance

 

8

  • Energy – Work; heating and cooling
  • Organisms – Breathing, movement and digestion
  • Matter – Periodic table and elements
  • Forces – Contact forces and pressure
  • Ecosystems – Respiration and photosynthesis
  • Reactions – Chemical energy and types of reactions
  • Waves – Wave effects and wave properties
  • Genes – Evolution and inheritance
  • Earth – Climate and Earth’s resources
  • Electromagnets – Magnetism and electromagnets
  • Scientific skills – working scientifically

9

  • Energy
  • Atomic structure and periodic table
  • Cells – Cell structure, movement, and cell division
  • Electricity – Electrical circuits and electricity in the home
  • Organisation
  • Structure and bonding
  • Particle model of matter
  • Bioenergetics – Respiration and photosynthesis
  • Chemical analysis
  • Energy changes
  • Infection and response
  • Chemical change
  • Atomic structure

 

10

  • Biology
  • The nervous system
  • Hormonal control
  • Reproduction
  • Chemistry
  • Chemical calculations
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemical changes
  • Electrolysis
  • Physics
  • Forces in balance
  • Motion
  • Forces in motion
  • Biology
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Adaptations, interdependence, and competition
  • Chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Polymers
  • Using our resources
  • Physics
  • Force and pressure
  • Waves, electromagnetic waves, and light
  • Biology
  • Homeostasis in action
  • Organising an ecosystem
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Chemistry
  • Organic reactions
  • Reviewing required practicals
  • Physics
  • Space
  • Reviewing required practicals

 

11 

Tailored revision in preparation for examinations, to include e.g.:

  • Reaction times
  • Plant responses
  • Review of content and practical skills required for Paper 1

Revision and preparation for mock exams in November

Tailored revision in preparation for examinations, to include e.g.:

  • Microscopy
  • Microbiology
  • Osmosis and cell transport
  • Review of content and practical skills required for Paper 2

Revision and preparation for mock exams in February/March

Tailored revision in preparation for examinations, to cover full GCSE specification, including key content and practical work

 

 
I find science a fascinating subject which I always look forward to in my week. It’s mind-blowing to be able to calculate the number of molecules in a droplet of water.
Year 10 student
Science teaches students to safely practice science experiments as soon as you join the school. Sometimes when you leave a classroom your learning leaves your head, but in science, everything is practiced and remembered.
Year 7 student