Curriculum Intent

Our aim in the sciences is to develop, maintain and stimulate pupils’ curiosity, interest and enjoyment in the sciences, their applications to the everyday world and their potential to solve future worldwide problems. The Science Faculty is made up of a team of well qualified scientists with full technician support who are all committed to transferring their enthusiasm for their subject to the students of the school.  We are also supported by teachers from other subject areas that have good scientific knowledge for working at KS3. All lessons are taught in dedicated laboratories, which are well equipped scientifically.

Our curriculum aims to develop pupils’ familiarity with appropriate scientific concepts, knowledge and understanding encouraging them to be creative, and develop their physical and social skills. We aim to enthuse pupils with a love of science and to have an awareness of the exciting opportunities which Science and STEM subjects can offer in future careers. We encourage independent and group work for all pupils in both theoretical and practical situations, which allows pupils to develop transferable skills and informed opinions about Science, and to be able to support them by reasoned arguments. We are aware of the local post 16 opportunities and encourage pupils to consider studying Science courses after they leave the School.

The Faculty aims to encourage the success of all students in all three scientific disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and in doing so provide a sound foundation for life-long learning.  Our Key Stage 3 schemes of work is designed to develop an interest and curiosity to both question and understand the world around them.

In Years 10 and 11 the Science department offers the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course. We also have an option to study triple science as three separate sciences to GCSE, students are able to choose this as one of their options. Students who choose triple Science will study and prepare for AQA Biology, AQA Chemistry and AQA Physics. 

Curriculum Overview


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2





Organisation of cells, tissues and organs



Energy transfers



Metals and non-metals


Acids and alkalis

The skeletal and muscular system


The reproductive systems and variation

Solids, liquids and gases


Separating mixtures

The universe















Heating and cooling



Organisation and development of the periodic table




Chemical reactions



Inheritance and evolution

Forces and motion







Earth’s resources


Human impact on the environment




Cellular organisation


Specialised cells


Cell division


Atomic structure


Atoms in chemical reactions


Chemical analysis

Energy resources


Energy calculations


Transport in cells


Application of the particle model


Energy changes in a system


Energy calculations




The atmosphere





Biology: Cells

Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table

Physics: Energy

Physics: Energy

Biology: Organisation

Chemistry: Bonding

Chemistry: Bonding

Physics: Radiation

Biology: Infection and response

Chemistry: Quantitative Chemistry

Physics: Particle model of matter

Physics: Particle model of matter

Biology: Bioenergetics

Chemistry: Chemical changes

Chemistry: Chemical changes

Physics: Electricity

Chemistry: Energy changes




Biology: Inheritance, variation and evolution


Chemistry: Rates of reaction


Physics: Forces

Biology: Homeostasis

Chemistry: Organic Chemistry


Physics: Waves

Biology: Ecology

Chemistry: Chemical analysis


Physics: Magnetism and electromagnets

Chemistry: Chemistry of the atmosphere,

Using resources 

Revision and exam preparation



Key Stage 4 Specification

Subject Leader:

Mrs Curtis


Head of KS4:

Mr Keith


Exam Specification:

AQA Trilogy

QN code:




Summary of course content - Biology

  1. Cell biology

  2. Organisation

  3. Infection and response

  4. Bioenergetics

  5. Homeostasis and response

  6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

  7. Ecology


2 exams in total

  1. Biology paper 1 (1 hour and 15 minutes)
  2. Biology paper 2 (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Summary of course content - Chemistry

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table

  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

  3. Quantitative chemistry

  4. Chemical changes

  5. Energy changes

  6. The rate and extent of chemical change

  7. Organic chemistry

  8. Chemical analysis

  9. Using resources


2 exams in total

  1. Chemistry paper 1 (1 hour and 15 minutes)
  2. Chemistry paper 2 (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Summary of course content - Physics

  1. Energy

  2. Electricity

  3. Particle model of matter

  4. Atomic structure

  5. Forces

  6. Waves

  7. Magnetism and electromagnetism


2 exams in total

  1. Physics paper 1 (1 hour and 15 minutes)
  2. Physics paper 2 (1 hour and 15 minutes)

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Practical work and theory

What type of homework tasks will be set?

Research, revision, exam questions

How will it help me in the future?

Awareness and greater understanding of the world around you.

How will this course build on what I have studied in Year 9?

All work done in KS3 will be built upon to  a higher level of understanding

What skills will I develop?

The ability to carry out and evaluate practical processes and analyse the results collected.  Literacy and numeracy skills and the ability to work as part of a team are also developed.