KS3 Curriculum

Year 7


Students will discover what plants and animals are made of.  Students will also study some tiny organisms that can only be seen under a microscope and explore how different structures work together to keep an organism alive.   Finally they will discover how new plants and animals are created through the process of reproduction.

Topics:  Cells, Structure and function of body systems, Reproduction


Students will discuss the theory of what everything is made up of, the chemicals in our food, and our bodies.  They will look at the theories of what the chemicals are like inside and why they behave the way they do.  Students will learn about the atoms that make up everything on Earth and beyond.  They will explore how chemical reactions make vital materials and transfer energy for almost everything we do.

Topics: Particles and their behaviour, Elements, atoms and compounds, Reactions, Acids and alkalis


Students will investigate how we see and how light and sound waves behave.  They will study facts about the place of the Earth in the Universe and its movements within it.  They will also learn about the forces that keep you from falling through the floor and allow astronauts to stand on the Moon.

Topics: Forces, Sound, Light and Space


Year 8


Students will compare the effects of healthy and unhealthy lifestyles on the body.  They will study why organisms need energy to function effectively and investigate the differences that exist between organisms, and why this is important for their survival.

Topics: Health and lifestyle, Ecosystem processes, Adaptation and inheritance


Students will study where we get the materials that we need.  They will learn about the structure of the Earth, and the rocks of its crust.  Students will discover how we separate mixtures and use chemical reactions, to obtain the materials that we need from the Earth and the atmosphere.  Students will also explore patterns in chemical reactions and identify patterns in the properties of chemicals.  They will also learn to use the Periodic Table to predict properties.

Topics: The Periodic Table, Separation techniques, Metals and acids, The Earth


Students will discover how circuits work and how the electricity in the home is generated.  They will learn why it is important to insulate a house and how the charges for this are calculated to produce the electricity bill.  They will also find out how to use graphs to tell a story and how forces explain gas and air pressure

Topics: Electricity and magnetism, Energy, Motion and pressure


KS4 Curriculum

GCSE Combined Science and Triple Science

100% Examination 

Biology  - 10 Required practical assessments done in school

Students will study about cellular biology and the different cells that exist in different organisms as well as the specialised cells in our bodies.  They will discover how disease is spread and about the micro-organisms that cause disease as well as the effects of our lifestyles upon our health.  They will need to know about the two key processes in biology, photosynthesis and respiration, in detail.  Students will also find out about how organisms keep their internal conditions constant and how they are aware of changes in the environment.  They will compare how plants and animals respond to change through the use of hormones.  Students will find out about the up to date work in genetics including new gene therapies and they will debate the ethics in their use.  They will also explore how genetics has changed our understanding of evolution.  Finally students will investigate how organisms interact in the environment and the impact of the human population on our ecosystems.

Topics: Cells and organisation, Disease and bioenergetics, Biological responses, Genetics and evolution, Ecology.

Chemistry – 8 Required practical assessments done in school

Students will learn about the organisation of the Periodic Table and relate this to the structure of an atom.  They use their calculations about different elements to determine the purity of substances and discuss the different types of bonding between atoms in molecules and compounds.  Energy changes in reactions are observed.  Reversible reactions and the changing rates of reactions are also investigated.  Students will study the science involved in making new chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, perfumes, flavourings, dyes and detergents.  The use of polymers, their manufacture and their properties are evaluated and compared.  Chemical tests are done to identify unknown substances and different methods of chemical analysis are investigated.  Our use of the Earth’s resources and the impact we have on the atmosphere are debated.

Topics: Atoms, bonding and moles, Chemical reactions and energy changes, Rates, equilibrium and organic chemistry, Analysis and the Earth’s resources.

Physics:  - 10 Required practical assessments done in school

Students will learn how energy moves and works devices as well as comparing the use of energy in different countries.  They will discover how to calculate the amount of energy used and transferred and discuss the effect of using energy on the environment.  Students will investigate the way atoms affect the properties of materials and their behaviour in electricity and radioactivity, focusing on different circuits and also radioactive half-life.  Students will learn how forces interact and what is meant by momentum and elasticity.  They will calculate the effect of different forces in a variety of circumstances.  Finally students will investigate waves and their properties  and how they are used.  They will look at what the electromagnetic spectrum is and how waves carry different types of information.

Topics: Energy and energy resources, Particles at work , Forces in action, Waves, electromagnetism and space.


KS5 Curriculum


100% assessment

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Biology – 12 Practical activities.  Pass or Fail but no grade – worked through across the two years of the course.

In further modules:

Students will study the structure and function of the organelles in a cell, as well as learning the correct use of and calculations associated with the light microscope.  An understanding of this is essential for all onward routes in Biology.  Students will explore the biochemistry basics that underpin medicine and disease.  The structure and function of enzymes is discovered and cell division and the use of stem cells are explained.  The need for specialised exchange surfaces is investigated and the transport of materials through multicellular organisms is explored.  Students will learn about the vast biodiversity of organisms, the way they are classified and how they have evolved to deal with diseases and with a changing environment.  Medical interventions and the roles of vaccinations and antibiotics are also discussed.  Students will look at the role of action potentials and the transmission of signals in the nervous system.  The nervous system will also be compared with the hormonal control of the body and the process of homeostasis.  The use of energy in biological processes and the production of chemicals are also explored.  Students will learn the full stages of respiration.  Finally students will explore and discuss the changing roles of genetics and the manipulation of genomes.   The processes of cloning and biotechnology in farming and other areas is studied and students will investigate how populations are maintained in sustainable management of the environment.

Topics: Foundations in Biology, Exchange and transport, Biodiversity, evolution and disease, Communication, homeostasis and energy, Genetics, evolution and ecosystems. 


100% assessment

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Chemistry – 12 Practical activities.  Pass or Fail but no grade worked through across the two years of the course.

In further modules:

Students will look at the essential language of chemistry with atoms, molecules, compounds, moles.  The use of titrations and their calculations will be investigated as well as the role of electrons in atoms.  Students will also learn about the shape of molecules and intermolecular forces.  Students will discover the physical trends of the Periodic table using their knowledge of structure and bonding.  They will investigate enthalpy forces and calculate the energy changes from their data.  They will cover the how changing conditions can affect the rates of reaction and the position of equilibrium.  The use of catalysts and equilibria in industry in discussed.  Students will cover the basic concepts of organic chemistry, looking at alkanes, alkenes, alcohols and haloalkanes.  They will look at organic synthesis and spectroscopy.  Acids, bases and pH are also investigated looking at the chemical reactions of how we age, how sugar dissolves and how iron rusts.  Redox reactions and quantitative techniques are studied and the chemical and physical properties of the transition elements are also studied.  Further analytical techniques are built on looking at aromatic compounds, carbonyls and carboxylic acids, the use of ammonia and chromatography as well as a further in depth look at spectroscopy

Topics: Foundations in chemistry, Periodic table and energy, Core organic chemistry and analysis, Physical chemistry and transition elements, Organic chemistry and analysis


100% assessment

Module 1 – Development of practical skills in Physics – 12 Practical activities.  Pass or Fail but no grade worked through across the two years of the course.

In further modules:

Pupils will develop skills in critical thinking, reasoning, logic and mathematics by studying the use and application of vectors, errors, uncertainty, precision and accuracy.  Students will investigate the key ideas of motion, forces in action, work, energy and power, Materials used in engineering.  Other studies will build on the laws of motion and momentum.  Students will also learn about charge and current and electromotive force as well as waves and their properties in examples such as earthquakes and in music.  Quantum physics will introduce the dual nature of particles.  Finally students will learn about thermal physics and circular motion and the gravitational fields, make up and theories around the Universe.


Topics: Foundations of physics, Forces and motion, Electrons, waves and photons, Newtonian world and astrophysics, Particles and medical physics.

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