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A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science.

Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.  

Curriculum aims:

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics  
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them  
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. 

Science curriculum information for Years 7-11

Year 

Term 

Units of Work 

Assessments 

 7 

Autumn 

Working scientifically   

Introducing processes which are interleaved throughout the subject content. 

Matter 

Particle model 

Separating mixtures 

Organisms 

Movement 

Forces 

Speed  

Gravity 

Energy 

Energy costs 

Energy transfer 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

  

Spring 

Reactions 

Metals and non-metals 

Acids and alkalis 

Organisms 

Cells 

Electromagnets 

Voltage and resistance 

Current 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

 

  

Summer 

Genes 

Variation  

Waves 

Sound waves, wave effects and properties 

Earth 

Earth structure 

Universe 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

 

 8 

Autumn 

Forces 

Contact forces 

Pressure 

Matter 

Periodic table 

Elements 

Organisms 

Breathing 

Digestion 

Ecosystems 

Respiration 

Energy 

Work 

Heating and cooling 

Reactions 

Chemical energy 

Types of reaction 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

 

  

Spring 

Waves 

Light waves, wave effects and properties  

Genes 

Human reproduction 

Evolution 

Inheritance 

Ecosystems  

Interdependence 

Plant reproduction 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

 

  

Summer 

Electromagnets 

Electromagnets  

Magnetism 

Ecosystems 

Photosynthesis 

Earth  

Climate 

Earth resources 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

 9 

Autumn 

Cells biology 

Atomic structure and the periodic table 

Energy 

Structure, bonding and properties 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term.  

  

Spring 

Organisation 

Quantitative chemistry 

Electricity 

Chemical change 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

  

Summer 

Infection and response 

Chemical change 

Energy change 

Particle model of matter  

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

 10 

Autumn 

Bioenergetics 

Atomic structure 

The rate and extent of chemical change 

Homeostasis and response 

Organic chemistry 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

  

Spring 

Homeostasis and response 

Chemical analysis 

Forces 

End of unit tests and a progress check  

assessment at the end of the term. 

  

Summer 

Forces 

Waves 

Inheritance, variation and evolution 

End of unit tests, mock exam in June. 

 11 

Autumn 

Chemistry of the atmosphere 

Ecology 

Magnetism and electromagnetism 

Using resources 

Space physics (separates only) 

End of unit tests, mock exam - paper 1 in B, C and P.  

  

Spring 

Reflection on mock 1 and action plan. Revision of targeted topics and concepts. 

Preparation and revision for mock 2. 

End of unit tests, mock exam - paper 2 in B, C and P. 

 

Qualification & Board 

AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464) 

Course Content  

 

The course places a strong emphasis on exploring the science that underpins day to day life and encourages students to think about what science can tell them about themselves; the environment; materials and their properties; and the universe.  

It provides the opportunity to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life. There is a strong emphasis on explanations, theories and modelling in science along with the implications of science in society.  

 

Biology subject content: 

  1. Cell biology 

  1. Organisation 

  1. Infection and response 

  1. Bioenergetics 

  1. Homeostasis and response 

  1. Inheritance, variation and evolution 

  1. Ecology 

 

Chemistry subject content: 

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table 

  1. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter 

  1. Quantitative chemistry 

  1. Chemical changes 

  1. Energy changes 

  1. The rate and extent of chemical change 

  1. Organic chemistry 

  1. Chemical analysis 

  1. Chemistry of atmosphere 

  1. Using resources 

  

Physics subject content: 

  1. Energy 

  1. Electricity 

  1. Particle model of matter 

  1. Atomic structure 

  1. Forces 

  1. Waves 

  1. Magnetism and electromagnetism 

Potential Career paths 

In Sixth Form students can take A level biology, A level chemistry, A level physics, BTEC level 3 science.  

Good GCSEs in combined science can lead to a wide variety of careers and further study. In many areas from engineering and mechanics to medicine and healthcare. 

All employers, colleges and Universities will expect students to have good grades in science and there are many careers which require specific science qualifications from astronomy to zoology. 

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals) 

Students are entered for examination at one of two overlapping tiers of entry. 

Foundation: Grades 1-5 and Higher: Grades 4-9. 

 

The course is assessed 100% by written examination. There are six written examination papers.  

Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas: 

 

Biology paper 1: Topics 1-4 

Biology paper 2: Topics 5-8 

 

Chemistry paper 1: Topics 1-5 

Chemistry paper 2: Topics 6-10 

 

Physics paper 1: Topics 1-4 

Physics paper 2: Topics 5-7 

 

Students complete a number of ‘required practical activities’, which are an essential component of the GCSE and that build essential investigative skills. 

 

Written exam format:  

  • 1 hour 15 minutes   

  • 70 marks  

  • 16.7% of GCSE   

 

Question format:  

  • Multiple choice 

  • Structured 

  • Closed short answer 

  • Open response 

  • Required practical questions 

Core or Option 

Core 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

  

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

Two GCSEs 

Qualification & Board 

AQA GCSE Biology (8461) 

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE) 

Students who have shown an aptitude for Science in Key Stage 3 will be selected to take this course. It allows students to experience a broader, more in-depth coverage of topics.  

 

Biology subject content: 

  1. Cell biology 

  1. Organisation 

  1. Infection and response 

  1. Bioenergetics 

  1. Homeostasis and response 

  1. Inheritance 

  1. Variation and evolution 

  1. Ecology 

Potential Career paths 

A good GCSE in biology can lead to a wide variety of careers and further study. In many areas from engineering to medicine. 

In Sixth Form students can take A level biology or BTEC level 3 science.   

All employers, colleges and Universities will expect students to have good grades in science subjects and there are many careers which require specific science qualifications from astronomy to zoology. 

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals) 

Students are entered for examination at one of two overlapping tiers of entry. 

Foundation: Grades 1-5 and Higher: Grades 4-9. 

 

The course is assessed 100% by written examination. There are two written examination papers.  

Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas: 

 

Biology paper 1: Topics 1-4 

Biology paper 2: Topics 5-8 

 

Students complete a number of ‘required practical activities’, which are an essential component of the GCSE and that build essential investigative skills. 

 

Written exam format:  

  • 1 hour 45 minutes   

  • 100 marks  

  • 50% of GCSE   

 

Question format:  

  • Multiple choice 

  • Structured 

  • Closed short answer 

  • Open response 

  • Required practical questions 

Core or Option 

Core (selected based on prior performance) 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

  

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

One GCSE 

Qualification & Board 

AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462) 

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE) 

Students who have shown an aptitude for Science in Key Stage 3 will be selected to take this course. It allows students to experience a broader, more in-depth coverage of topics.  

 

Chemistry subject content: 

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table 

  1. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter Quantitative chemistry 

  1. Chemical changes 

  1. Energy changes. 

  1. The rate and extent of chemical change 

  1. Organic chemistry 

  1. Chemical analysis 

  1. Chemistry of the atmosphere 

  1. Using resources 

Potential Career paths 

A good GCSE in chemistry can lead to a wide variety of careers and further study. In many areas from engineering to medicine. 

In Sixth Form students can take A level chemistry or BTEC level 3 science.  

All employers, colleges and Universities will expect students to have good grades in science subjects and there are many careers which require specific science qualifications from astronomy to zoology. 

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals) 

Students are entered for examination at one of two overlapping tiers of entry. 

Foundation: Grades 1-5 and Higher: Grades 4-9. 

 

The course is assessed 100% by written examination. There are two written examination papers.  

Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas: 

 

Chemistry paper 1: Topics 1-4 

Chemistry paper 2: Topics 5-9 

 

 Students complete a number of ‘required practical activities’, which are an essential component of the GCSE and that build essential investigative skills. 

 

Written exam format:  

  • 1 hour 45 minutes   

  • 100 marks  

  • 50% of GCSE   

 

Question format:  

  • Multiple choice 

  • Structured 

  • Closed short answer 

  • Open response 

  • Required practical questions 

Core or Option 

Core (selected based on prior performance) 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

  

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

One GCSE 

Qualification & Board 

AQA GCSE Physics (8463) 

Course Content (for A level, how this follows on from GCSE) 

Students who have shown an aptitude for Science in Key Stage 3 will be selected to take this course. It allows students to experience a broader, more in-depth coverage of topics.  

 

Physics subject content: 

  1. Physics subject content 

  1. Energy 

  1. Electricity 

  1. Particle model of matter 

  1. Atomic structure. 

  1. Forces 

  1. Waves 

  1. Magnetism and electromagnetism 

  1. Space physics 

Potential Career paths 

A good GCSE in physics can lead to a wide variety of careers and further study. In many areas from engineering to medicine. 

In Sixth Form students can take A level physics or BTEC level 3 science.  

All employers, colleges and Universities will expect students to have good grades in science subjects and there are many careers which require specific science qualifications from astronomy to zoology. 

Assessments (inc. field work / assessed practicals) 

Students are entered for examination at one of two overlapping tiers of entry. 

Foundation: Grades 1-5 and Higher: Grades 4-9. 

 

The course is assessed 100% by written examination. There are two written examination papers.  

Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas: 

 

Physics paper 1: Topics 1-5 

Physics paper 2: Topics 6-9 

 

 

Students complete a number of ‘required practical activities’, which are an essential component of the GCSE and that build essential investigative skills. 

 

Written exam format:  

  • 1 hour 45 minutes   

  • 100 marks  

  • 50% of GCSE   

 

Question format:  

  • Multiple choice 

  • Structured 

  • Closed short answer 

  • Open response 

  • Required practical questions 

Core or Option 

Core (selected based on prior performance) 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

  

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

One GCSE