We aim to generate awe and wonder in our students and stimulate them to explore the world around us.

In Key Stage 3 we follow an in-house scheme of learning based on the Exploring Science Working Scientifically course and the AQA KS3 course. Students have two science teachers and study two topics from Biology, Chemistry or Physics each module. We also cover specific investigation skills within each topic. Our students learn to manipulate scientific equipment and develop their confidence, team work and problem solving skills through practical work. We consider the influence of science on society and hope to give the students the skills they need to understand the science that will impact on their daily lives.

Topics Studied

 Module 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5
Year 7Particles

Forces in Balance
Cells

Separating Mixtures
Reproduction

Energy Stores
Acid and Alkalis

Sound
Ecology

Electricity
Year 8Light


Digestion and Nutrition
Periodic Table

Forces and Motion
Chemical Reactions

Space and Magnetism
Breathing and Respiration

Energy Transfers
Forces and Motion

Planet Earth

In Key Stage 4 students follow the new AQA GCSE (9-1) Trilogy course in Combined Science (commonly known as Double Science) or Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science). The students use a combination of the OUP Kerboodle and CGP courses to ensure the content is covered in an in-house interesting and appropriate manner. All students take part in the required practical activities throughout the course.

As part of the development of our course, we have reorganised the teaching order in places to maximise understanding and retention.  This means that different year groups have currently studied topics in different years.  The table below shows the topics being covered by our current year groups.

Combined Science Topics Studied

 Module 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5
Year 9Cells and Microscopes

Separating Mixtures

Atomic Structure
Energy Transfer

Health and Disease

Periodic Table
Plant Science


Forces in Balance
Heart and Respiration

Electricity in the home
Environmental Chemistry

Making Salts
Year 10Plant Science


Organisation and Development

Matter
Electricity


Periodic Table
Structure and Bonding

Energy Changes

Biodiversity
Electrolysis


Energy Transfer

Radioactivity
Chemical Calculations

Making Salts
Year 11Salts


Structure and Bonding

Electrolysis
Responding to Change

Chemical Calculations

Waves
Forces and Motion

Genetics and Evolution
Revision

Triple Science Topics Studied

 Module 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5
Year 9Cells and Microscopes

Separating Mixtures and Atomi Structure
Health and Disease

Periodic Table

Energy Transfer
Plant Science

Rates of Reaction

Forces
Heart and Respiration

Salts


Forces
Culturing Microorganisms

Environmental Chemistry

Electricity at Home
Year 10Plant Science



Salts



Electricity
Organisation and Digestion

Structure and Bonding
Biodiveristy



Electrolysis



Energy Transfer
Culturing Microorganisms


Energy Changes and Calculations

Heat
Responding to Change


Chemical Analysis


Matter
Year 11Culturing Microorganisms


Organic


Chemistry Motion
Responding to Change


Equilibrium


Waves
Genetics and Evolution

Using Resources

Space Physics
Revision

In the sixth form we follow the OCR A course for A-Level Biology, OCR B (Salters) for A-Level Chemistry, AQA for A-Level Physics and a Level 3 BTEC course in Applied Science.

Biology

 Module 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5
Year 12Cell structure
Biological molecules
Classification
Evolution
Biological molecules
Nucleic acids
Biodiversity
Communicable disease
Membrane and transport
Cell cycle and division
Communicable disease
Gas exchange and breathing
Cell cycle and division
Transport in plants
Gas exchange and breathing
Transport in animals
Transport in plants
Transport in animals
Revision
Year 13Photosynthesis
Respiration
Genetics and inheritance
Nervous system
Biotechnology
Endocrine system
Homeostasis
Ecosystems
Revision

Chemistry

 Module 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5
Year 12Elements of Life

Developing Fuels
Elements of Life

Developing Fuels
Elements from the Sea

Ozone
Elements from the Sea

Ozone
What’s in a Medicine?
Year 13The Chemical Industry

Polymers and Life
Developing Metals

The Oceans
Colour by DesignRevision

Physics

 Module 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5
Year 12Particles

Materials
Particles

Mechanics
Measurement

Electricity
Waves

Electricity
Waves

Level 3 BTEC

 Module 1Module 2Module 3Module 4Module 5
Year 12Unit 1Unit 1Unit 2
Unit 8
Unit 2
Unit 8
Unit 2
Unit 8
Year 13Unit 3
Unit 8
Unit 8Unit 8Unit 2
Unit 1 (resit)

Extra-Curricular Activities and Trips

Last summer Year 7 visited Whipsnade Zoo where we had a lovely day bring our Ecology topic to life. This trip is planned to be an annual event. Our KS3 STEM club students have attended the Big Bang Fair for several years and they take part in many local STEM events and challenge days. We collaborated with researchers at the University of Cambridge to deliver an iLab program to some of our most enthusiastic and gifted Year 10 students.  The students will be visiting the speakers at their labs in Cambridge this year. We celebrated National Science and Engineering Week with a range of activities involving all students in all year groups. We have a robot club and STEM club which students have to apply to be part of and a Science club which is open to all students.