Science curriculum

Introduction

The Science department aims to equip pupils with the skills to become lifelong learners.  The curriculum will enable pupils to:

  • Develop scientific knowledge through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • Understand key concepts of problem solving using scientific methods of investigation in a disciplined way.
  • Encourage scientific thinking and knowledge seeking.
  • Appreciate the contribution that science makes to society and individual personal development and its implications for today and the future.
  • Appreciate the responsibilities that science has in relation to the modern world, including social, moral, spiritual, cultural and ethical issues.

 

Year 7

The curriculum follows the Oxford University Press ‘Activate’ schemes of work in line with the national curriculum. Broad topics include:

  • Health and safety
  • Cells
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Forces
  • Space
  • Structure and function of the body system
  • Reactions
  • Sound
  • Reproduction
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Light

 

Year 8

The curriculum follows the Oxford University Press ‘Activate’ schemes of work in line with the national curriculum. Broad topics include:

  • Health and lifestyle
  • The periodic table
  • Separation techniques
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Ecosystem processes
  • Metals and acids
  • Energy
  • Adaptation and inheritance
  • The Earth
  • Motion and pressure

 

Year 9

The curriculum follows the AQA education board in line with the national curriculum. Broad topics include:

  • Keeping healthy
  • Coordination and control
  • Adaptation for survival
  • Energy and biomass
  • Variation, reproduction and new techniques
  • Evolution
  • Fundamental ideas
  • Rocks and building materials
  • Metals and their uses
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Products from oil
  • Plant oils
  • Our changing planets
  • Energy transfer
  • Using energy
  • Waves

 

Year 10

The curriculum follows the AQA education board.  Both Double Science (covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics in greater detail) are available. Broad topics include:

  • Keeping healthy
  • Nerves and hormones
  • Drugs
  • Interdependence and adaptation
  • Energy and biomass in food chains
  • Waste materials
  • Genetic variation
  • Evolution
  • Fundamental ideas in chemistry
  • Limestone and building materials
  • Metals
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Plant oils and their uses
  • Changes in the Earth and its atmosphere
  • Energy transfer by heat
  • Energy and efficiency
  • Electrical appliances
  • Methods of generating electricity
  • Waves and the expanding universe

 

Year 11

The curriculum follows the AQA education board.  Both Core (Double) Science (covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics in greater detail) are available. Broad topics include:

  • Cells and cell transport
  • Tissues, organs and organ systems
  • Photosynthesis
  • Organisms and their environment
  • Proteins
  • Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  • Cell division and inheritance
  • Speciation
  • Structure and bonding
  • How structure influences the properties and uses of substances
  • Atomic structure, analysis and quantitative chemistry
  • Rates of reaction
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Acids, bases and salts
  • Electrolysis
  • Forces and their effects
  • Kinetic energy of objects
  • Currents in electrical circuits
  • Using mains electricity and electrical appliances
  • Radioactive decay, their uses and dangers
  • Nuclear fission and fusion

 

Triple Science covers further detail on the following:

  • Movement of molecules in and out of cells
  • Transport systems in plants and animals
  • Homeostasis
  • Humans and their environment
  • The periodic table
  • Water
  • Energy change
  • Further analysis and quantitative chemistry
  • Production of ammonia
  • Alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters
  • Medical applications of physics
  • Using physics to make things work

We have high expectations for all our pupils and ensure that every learner is challenged and supported to reach their full potential.