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Science Department

Subject Outline / Aim

To provide students with a rich, varied, exciting and challenging Science curriculum which will inspire them to do their best in school and inspire them to follow up their interest in Science in post 16 employment and training.

Throughout both Key Stages, students study equal amounts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics content. Practical work is an integral component within the curriculum. The majority of our lessons are housed in specialist laboratories and are delivered by subject specialists.


Topics Covered:

Key Scientific Skills, Matter, Energy, Cells and Movement, Variation, Reproduction, Evolution, Forces, Chemical Reactions, Ecosystems, Earth and Earth Structure, Space Health and Lifestyle, The Periodic Table, Motion and Pressure, Elements, Atoms and Compounds, Metals and Acids, Light, Photosynthesis, Respiration, Sound, Adaptation and Inheritance, Electricity


Weekly with extended pieces each half term.

Please follow the links below for more details regarding the Science curriculum:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9 Chemistry

Year 9 Biology

Year 9 Physics


Topics Covered:

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

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 resources Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism, Space physics (physics only)


Weekly with extended pieces each half term.

Please follow the links below for more details regarding the Science Curriculum:

Year 10 Biology

Year 10 Chemistry

Year 10 Physics

Year 11 Biology

Year 11 Chemistry

Year 11 Physics

Assessment Information / Exams

Students’ progress is assessed at the end of each topic at both Key Stages with end of topic tests. In addition, students sit end of year assessments at the end of each academic year.

GCSE Exams

Combined Science – Six 75 minute written papers

Separate Sciences   Biology - Two 105 minute written papers

Chemistry - Two 105 minute written papers

Physics - Two 105 minute written papers

Subject Support Materials / Equipment

Revision guides/workbooks for Triple and Combined Science are available at discounted prices via the school’s ParentPay system



Trips: Drax Power Station, GCSE Science Live, Faraday Challenge, Medical Careers events, Physics Olympics and many more!

Events / Competitions Yearly STEAM Challenge in school during Enrichment Week.