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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's 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!  

The science department boasts a full suite of specialist biology, chemistry, and physics teachers, who are supported by a full-time science technician. The department has four fully equipped laboratories and two studio laboratories.

 

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

9

  • Cell structure and movement (p5)
  • Atoms (p8)
  • The Periodic Table (p9)
  •  (p8-9)
  • Energy and energy transfers(p9)
  • Electricity (p12)
  • Organisation (p5)
  • Energetics (p8)
  • Energy resources (p9)

 

 

  • Photosynthesis and respiration (p6-7)
  • Chemical reactions (p8)
  • Matter (p12)
  • Health (p6)

 

 

 

10

Biology 

  • Infection and Response 
  • Homeostasis 

Chemistry 

  • Chemical calculations 
  • Chemical changes 

Physics 

  • Forces in balance 
  • Motion 
  • Forces in motion 

Biology 

  • Inheritance, variation.  Chemistry 
  • Electrolysis 
  • Organic chemistry  Physics 
  • Wave properties 

Biology 

  • Evolution 

 

Chemistry

  • Chemical analysis 
  • Earth's atmosphere 

Physics

  • Electromagnetic waves 

11

Biology

  • Ecology
  • Homeostasis
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Cell structure and movement

Chemistry

  • Rates of reaction
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Earth’s atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Atomic structure

Physics

  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Electromagnetism
  • Forces
  • Wave properties
  • Conservation of energy

Biology

  • Organisation
  • Bioenergetics
  • Infection and response

Chemistry

  • Structure and bonding
  • Chemical calculations
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes

Physics

  • Energy resources
  • Electric circuits
  • Electricity in the home
  • Molecules in matter
  • Atomic structure
  • Tailored revision in preparation for GCSE Examination

 

I love physics because it opens my eyes to the world around me, and how everything works.
Year 10 student
I like science because the lessons are interesting, and I can see how it opens different opportunities for your future.
Year 11 student