A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
KS3 Curriculum Summary
|Year 7||Introduction to Science / Lab Safety
Big Idea: MATTER (Chemistry)
|Big Idea: FORCES & WAVES (Physics)||Big Idea: ORGANISMS (Biology)|
Milestone Assessment 1
|Milestone Assessment 2||End of Year 7 exam (Milestone 3)|
|Year 8||Big Idea: ECOSYSTEMS & GENES (Biology)||Big Idea: REACTIONS (Chemistry)||Big Idea: FORCES, MOTION & ELECTROMAGNETS (Physics)|
|Assessment||AP2||AP3||End of Year 8 exam (AP4)|
|Year 9||Working Scientifically
Revision for end of KS3 exam
GCSE course starts November
|See Key Stage 4|
|Assessment||End of Key Stage 3 exam|
Biology: Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response; Bioenergetics; Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; Ecology.
Chemistry: 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.
Physics: Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure; Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; Space physics (triple science only).
A Level in Science Subjects
Biology: Biological molecules; Cells; Organisms exchange substances with their environment; Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms; Energy transfers in and between organisms; Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments; Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems; The control of gene expression.
Chemistry: Physical chemistry; inorganic chemistry; organic chemistry.
Physics: Measurements and their errors; Particles and radiation; Waves; Mechanics and materials; Electricity; Further mechanics and thermal physics; Fields and their consequences; Nuclear physics.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science
Principles and applications of Science 1, Practical scientific procedures and techniques; Science investigation skills; Human Regulation and Reproduction.