Science

Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
Key Stage 3Key Stage 4

Key Stage 3

The principal focus of science in KS3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding.

We look at the link between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all of these interactions. They should be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations.

All classes in KS3 have three lessons per week of Science. The GCSE curriculum is started in Year 9.

Year 7

  • Forces and Matter
  • Electromagnetism and Organisms
  • Reactions and Ecosystems
  • Energy and Earth
  • Genes
  • Waves

Year 8

  • Forces and Matter
  • Electromagnetism and Organisms
  • Reactions and Ecosystems
  • Energy and Earth
  • Genes
  • Waves

Assessments

Students will take an end of topic test and annual exam. Homework is set once per week.

Key Stage 4

Students have two options at GCSE. They either take all three individual GCSEs (separate science) in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or they take the Combined Trilogy course which is worth 2 GCSEs.
There is no course work element to this course. Students will carry out a number of required practicals throughout the course which may form the basis of exam questions.

GCSE Biology

1 – Cell biology
2 – Organisation
3 – Infection and response
4 – Bioenergetics
5 – Homeostasis and response
6 – Inheritance, variation and evolution
7 – Ecology

GCSE Chemistry

Chapter 1 – Atomic structure and the periodic table
Chapter 2 – Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
Chapter 3 – Quantitative chemistry
Chapter 4 – Chemical changes
Chapter 5 – Energy changes
Chapter 6 – The rate and extent of chemical change
Chapter 7 – Organic chemistry
Chapter 8 – Chemical analysis
Chapter 9 – Chemistry of the atmosphere
Chapter 10 – Using the Earth’s resources

GCSE Physics

Chapter 1: Energy
Chapter 2: Electricity
Chapter 3: Particle Model
Chapter 4: Atomic Structure
Chapter 5A: Forces
Chapter 5B: Observing and recording motion
Chapter 6: Waves
Chapter 7: Magnetism and electromagnetism
Chapter 8: Space physics

GCSE Combined Science

Biology

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology

Chemistry

  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using the Earth’s resources

Physics

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Particle Model
  • Atomic Structure
  • Forces
  • Observing and recording motion
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism

Homework and School-based Assessments

Students will receive weekly homework related to content studied that week. They will also take end-of-module tests based on the topic they have most recently studied.

Further Study

Both the separate science and the combined science support further study at level 3 qualification. Those who have only done the combined science may have to do some catch-up work for the part of the full GCSE they haven’t covered. This may be done at college or you may be asked to do some home study prior to starting the course.

It is recommended that you take the separate sciences if you wish to study medical based degrees at university.

Department Staff

Mr A Stevenson

Head of Science

Mrs C Basu

Teacher of Physics

Mr C Wood

Head of ICT / Teacher of Science

Mrs A Noble

Lab Technician

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