Science

Overview:

Science is the systematic study of the physical and natural world through observation and experimentation.

  • Biology is the study of living organisms and their structure, life-cycles, adaptations and environment.
  • Chemistry is the study of the composition, behaviour and properties of matter, and of the elements of the Earth and its atmosphere.
  • Physics is the study of energy, forces, mechanics, waves, and the structure of atoms and the physical universe

Career links

  • Analytical chemist
  • Animal technician
  • Biomedical scientist
  • Clinical scientist jobs
  • Community pharmacist
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Food technologist

Intent:

We believe that Science is best learned and understood through experimentation and investigation.

In lower school, lessons have a practical focus to allow students to develop their “can-do” skills and knowledge through direct hands-on experience. We look at examples of how Science is applied in the real world to encourage students to further develop their understanding before moving to more abstract Scientific concepts.

In upper school, students study the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science course which allows them to continue a balanced approach to their Biology, Chemistry and Physics studies and results in a Double Science GCSE award

 

Subject progression & sequencing (topic length in weeks)

 
Autumn 1
Autumn 2
Spring 1
Spring 2
Summer 1
Summer 2
Year 7
  • Forces
  • Particles
  • Cells
  • Atoms
  • Reproduction
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Ecosystems
  • Sound
  • Mixtures and Separation
  • Muscles and Bones
Year 8
  • Light
  • Periodic Table
  • Food &Nutrition
  • Energy Transfers
  • Metals
  • Breathing and Respiration
  • Unicellular Organisms
  • Combustion
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Fluids
  • Rocks
  • Earth &Space
Year 9
  • Key Concepts in Biology
  • Separation
  • Motion
  • Forces and Motion
  • Cells and Control
  • Atomic Structure and the Periodic table
  • Conservation of Energy
  • Genetics and Natural Selection
  • Bonding
Year 10

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science

  • Health and disease
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum
  • Homeostasis
  • Exchange and Transport
  • Electrolysis
  • Radioactivity
  • Plants
  • Groups in Periodic Table
  • Electricity
Year 11

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Combined Science

  • Ecosystems
  • Chemical Calculations
  • Energy and Work
  • Particle model
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Revision
 

Useful resources

Pearson Activelearn website

BBC Bitesize – Edexcel GCSE Combined science

BBC Bitesize – Key Stage 3 (Yrs 7-9)

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