Science

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 will study the new 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.

 

In KS3 we follow the ‘Exploring Science’ scheme of work:
Year 7 Year 8  

Biology- topics covered

Cells, tissues, organs and systems

Sexual reproduction in animals

Ecosystems

Chemistry – topics covered

Mixtures and separation

Acids and alkalis

The particle model

Atoms, elements and molecules

Physics – topics covered

Energy

Electricity

Forces

Sound

Biology – topics covered

Food and nutrition

Breathing and respiration

Plants and their reproduction

Unicellular organisms

Chemistry – topics covered

Combustion

The periodic table

Metals and their uses

Physics – topics covered

Light

Energy

Fluids

 
Key stage 4 – year 9, 10  and 11 – we follow the pearson (edexcel) scheme of work
Biology Chemistry Physics

Paper 1 – topics covered

Key concepts in biology

Cells and control

Genetics

Natural selection and genetic modification

Health, disease and the development of medicines

 

Paper 2- topics covered

Key concepts in biology

Plant structures and their functions

Animal co-ordination, control and homeostasis

Exchange and transport in animals

Ecosystems and material cycles

Paper 1 –topics covered

States of matter

Methods of separating and purifying substances.

Atomic structure

The periodic table

Ionic bonding

Covalent bonding

Types of substances

Acids and alkalis

Calculations involving masses

Electrolytic processes

Obtaining and using metals

Reversible reactions and equilibria

 

Paper 2 – topics covered

Atomic structure

The periodic table

Ionic bonding

Covalent bonding

Types of substances

Calculations involving masses

Groups in the periodic table

Rates of reaction

Heat changes in chemical reactions

Fuels

Earth and atmospheric science.

Paper 1 – topics covered

Motion

Forces and motion

Conservation of energy

Waves

Light and the electromagnetic spectrum

Radioactivity

 

Paper 2- topics covered

Energy –forces doing work

Forces and their effects

Electricity and circuits

Magnetism and the motor effect

Electromagnetic induction

Particle model

Forces and matter

Useful links:

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