Our young scientists follow a scheme of work specially designed to spark students' curiosity in science, whilst gradually building on their numeracy, literacy and enquiry skills vital for success.
In KS3, students will study 10 ‘Big ideas’ which will challenge and engage students as well as endeavouring to develop their scientific enquiry processes embedded throughout. Enquiry processes are supported with an introductory topic where students will focus on learning the core values of Science as well as getting to grips with handling the apparatus and using key scientific language.
The Key Stage 4 curriculum starts with our year 9 cohort. At GCSE students study either the AQA Trilogy Science course (awards 2 GCSE qualifications) or separate Triple Science course (awards 3 GCSE qualifications). Both courses enable students to progress to post 16 studies in Science. Students are expected to leave with a minimum of 2 or more GCSE equivalence by the end of KS4.
Learning is supported through practical science in lessons, regular homework to demonstrate key skills and knowledge as well as half termly topic assessments and assessment tasks during learning. GCSE students will sit regular end of topic assessments and mock examinations at the end of Year 9, Year 10 and in the Autumn and Spring terms of Year 11.
We expect students to fully participate in the variety of activities delivered with a specific focus on Health and Safety. Homework should be completed to the highest standard and in a timely manner. Students will be given ample notice of their assessments, as such we expect students to begin their preparations for these as early as possible.
|Term||Year 7||Year 8|
|Autumn term 1||Forces
|Health & Lifestyle
The Periodic Table & Metals
|Autumn term 2||Matter
|Electricity & Magnetism|
|Spring term 1||Ecosystems
|Ecosystems & Adaptations
Earth & Separation techniques
|Spring term 2||Energy
|Energy & pressure
|Summer term 1||Genes||Radioactivity
|Summer term 2||Earth||DNA
Between the start of Year 9 until the end of Year 11, all students will be learning the topics listed below. The topics in italics are taught to Tripe Science students only.
|Biology topics||Chemistry topics||Physics topics|
|Cell biology||Periodic Table||Energy and energy resources|
|Organisation||Chemical changes and calculations||Atoms and radioactivity|
|Infection and response||Bonding||Electricity|
|Bioenergetics||Energy and electrolysis||Magnetism|
|Ecology||Earth’s atmosphere and resources||Forces and motion|
|Inheritance, variation and evolution||Chemical analysis, rates and equilibrium||Waves|
|Homeostasis and response||Organic Chemistry||Space|
Congratulations to the Year 11 students on achieving:
Biology - 90% 9-4
Chemistry - 92% 9-4
Phyisics - 93% 9-4
Young scientists will also have the opportunity to attend the ‘Mad Science’ club where our students can enjoy carrying out exciting experiments!
Students will also have the opportunity to attend excursions which will enable them to develop their knowledge and further explore big ideas in Science. Trips that took place in the last academic year included a visit to the ‘Wonderlab’ at the Science Museum and students also visited London Zoo and attended an educational workshop.
We also celebrate British Science Week each year ensuring our students take part in many exciting science events to display our students’ exceptional science abilities and skills and creativity!