Science

We are a team of enthusiastic and experienced teachers and technicians, dedicated to enlightening our students to the wonders of Science. Engaging and thought-provoking lessons are delivered in 11 well-equipped laboratories. During their time with us, students will develop skills of scientific enquiry, observation and a great depth of scientific knowledge and understanding. Science is an extremely relevant and exciting subject and we are committed to not only enabling students to achieve their full potential, but to encouraging the growth of the scientists, researchers and great thinkers of the future.

  • Year 7

    In Year 7 students are taught 10 chapters that form the foundations that they will then build upon year on year as they progress through KS3 and KS4. The chapters are aimed to give the students a broad understanding of the fundamental ideas of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our Year 7 curriculum also has many opportunities for students to carry out practical investigations so that they can develop their all-important enquiry and working scientifically skills. The topics that students learn about in Year 7 include: Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, The Earth, Organisms, Eco-systems and Genes. Each exciting topic has been designed to immerse students in the world of Science and ignite that enthusiasm and love for learning about Science. Throughout the year, students will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that they have acquired by sitting short topic tests.

  • Year 8

    In Year 8 students continue their journey through the world of Science by building upon the knowledge and skills they have gained throughout Year 7. The purpose of this Year is to further develop their scientific understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics whilst continuing to develop their enquiry and working scientifically skills. As part of the Year 8 curriculum students will learn more about the following topics: Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, The Earth, Organisms, Eco-systems and Genes. Throughout the year, students will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that they have acquired by sitting short topic tests.

  • Year 9

    In Year 9, all students will commence their GCSEs in Science over four hour lessons per week. Students begin their year of study by learning about some of the early topics that are part of both the AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) course and the Separate Science course. As part of their Year 9 curriculum, students further strengthen their enquiry and working scientifically skills by carrying out a range of practical investigations within lessons including the compulsory Required Practicals. These compulsory practicals have been identified by the examination board (AQA) and are designed to reinforce the working scientifically skills that students have been developing since Year 7. These practicals are taught within the topics that they learn and are intended to strengthen specific working scientifically skills from graph drawing to writing a plan for an investigation to drawing conclusions from data given.

    The topics that students learn about in Year 9 include: Cell biology, Organisation, Atomic structure and periodic table, Structure and bonding, Quantitative chemistry, Energy and Electricity. All of these topics will not be externally assessed until the GCSE examinations at the end of Year 11. Throughout the year, students will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that they have acquired at each stage by sitting short topic tests.

  • Year 10

    Combined Science: Students who do not opt for the Separate Sciences during their Year 9 options will continue the AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) specification over five weekly hour lessons. This will result in students achieving 2 GCSE grades in Science at the end of Year 11. Students will build upon their knowledge from Years 7-9 as they are taught the later topics in each of the three Science disciplines. Students will also carry out a number of Required Practical investigations as they did in Year 9.

    The topics that students learn about in Year 10 include: Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Chemical changes, Energy changes, Rates of reaction and equilibrium, Particle model of matter, Radioactivity and Forces. Throughout the year, students will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that they have acquired by sitting short topic tests as well as a mock examination towards the end of the year.

    Separate Science: Students who have opted for Separate Sciences in their Year 9 options will begin the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications over seven/eight weekly hour sessions. This will result in students achieving 3 GCSE grades, one for each of the disciplines, at the end of Year 11. Students will build upon their knowledge from Years 7-9 as they are taught the later topics in each of the three Science disciplines. Students will also carry out a number of Required Practical investigations as they did in Year 9.

    The topics that students learn about in Year 10 include: Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Chemical changes, Energy changes, Rates of reaction and equilibrium, Particle model of matter, Radioactivity and Forces. Throughout the year, students will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that they have acquired by sitting short topic tests as well as a mock examination towards the end of the year.

  • Year 11

    Combined Science: Students who did not opt for the Separate Sciences during their Year 9 options will complete their AQA Combined Science (Trilogy) studies over the course of five weekly hour lessons. This will result in students achieving 2 GCSE grades in Science at the end of Year 11. Students will build upon their knowledge from Years 7-10 as they are taught the final topics in each of the three Science disciplines. Students will also carry out a number of Required Practical investigations as they did in Years 9 and 10.

    The topics that students learn about in Year 11 include: Inheritance, variation and evolution; Ecology; Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; Waves and Electromagnetism. Throughout the year, students will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that they have acquired by sitting short topic tests as well as a two mock examinations, one in the autumn term and one in the spring term.

    Separate Science: Students who opted for Separate Sciences in their Year 9 options will complete their AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics studies over the course of seven/eight weekly hour sessions. This will result in students achieving 3 GCSE grades, one for each of the disciplines, at the end of Year 11. Students will build upon their knowledge from Years 7-10 as they are taught the final topics in each of the three Science disciplines. Students will also carry out a number of Required Practical investigations as they did in Years 9 and 10.

    The topics that students learn about in Year 11 include: Inheritance, variation and evolution; Ecology; Organic chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere; Using resources; waves; electromagnetism and Space physics. Throughout the year, students will be assessed on the knowledge and skills that they have acquired by sitting short topic tests as well as a two mock examinations, one in the autumn term and one in the spring term.

  • Combined Science FAQ

    What exams are there?

    • Terminal, all taken at the end of Year 11
    • 6 exams: 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry, 2 Physics; each exam will assess different topics
    • Each exam is 1 hour 15 minutes and contains 70 marks
    • Each paper is worth 16.7% of the grade
    • Exams include multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response questions
    • Two tiers of entry: Higher: grades 5-9 Foundation: grades 1-5
    • There are a minimum of 30% common marks between Foundation and Higher tiers.

    What grades can be achieved?

    • Combined Science will have a 17 point grading scale, from 9–9 (highest), 9–8 through to 2–1, 1–1 (lowest)
    • Teaching staff will guide students into an appropriate tier of entry, based on ability, prior attainment, literacy and numeracy skills.

    How is the new course different from the old GCSE Science?

    • No coursework or controlled assessment
    • 16 required practicals covering content in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
    • Students will carry out experiments which will involve some aspects of the following:
    • a) Planning, b) Making measurements and observations, c) Interpreting and analysing data, d) Drawing conclusion, e) Evaluating procedures.

    All content is assessed by terminal examinations.

    • Regular and on-going learning and revision is required to ensure that students make the expected progress throughout the GCSE course and leave with excellent GCSE results.

    How we will assess progress?

    • In lesson assessment including questioning, mini tests, written work
    • Regular end of topic tests
    • Required practical work
    • Mock exams

    What homework can be expected?

    At least one piece of homework will be set for Science each week – this may consist of one or more of the following:

    • Regular revision activities
    • eLearning tasks – Kognity and GCSE Pod
    • Practice exam questions
    • Research tasks
  • Separate Science FAQ

    What exams are there?

    • Terminal, all taken at the end of Year 11
    • 6 exams: 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry, 2 Physics; each exam will assess different topics
    • Each exam is 1 hour 45 minutes and contains 100 marks
    • Each paper is worth 50% of a GCSE
    • Exams include multiple choice, structured, closed, short answer and open response questions
    • Two tiers of entry: Higher: grades 5-9 Foundation: grades 1-5
    • There are a minimum of 30% common marks between Foundation and Higher tiers.

    What grades can be achieved?

    • Each of the disciplines (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) is awarded one GCSE grade from grade 9 (Highest) to 1 (lowest)
    • Teaching staff will guide students into an appropriate tier of entry, based on ability, prior attainment, literacy and numeracy skills.

    How is the new course different from the old GCSE Science?

    • No coursework or controlled assessment
    • 28 required practicals covering content in Biology (10), Chemistry (8) and Physics (10)
    • Students will carry out experiments which will involve some aspects of the following:
    • a) Planning, b) Making measurements and observations, c) Interpreting and analysing data, d) Drawing conclusion, e) Evaluating procedures.

    All content is assessed by terminal examinations.

    • Regular and on-going learning and revision is required to ensure that students make the expected progress throughout the GCSE course and leave with excellent GCSE results.

    How we will assess progress?

    • In lesson assessment including questioning, mini tests, written work
    • Regular end of topic tests
    • Required practical work
    • Mock exams

    What homework can be expected?

    At least two pieces of homework will be set for Science each week – this may consist of one or more of the following:

    • Regular revision activities
    • eLearning tasks – Kognity and GCSE Pod
    • Practice exam questions
    • Research tasks