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Science

Our aim is for all students to develop their science literacy and allow them to understand developments and make informed decisions in an ever-changing world. Alongside this, students' build the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve science qualifications that enable them to access future opportunities.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Content

Science is a practical subject and students will develop their scientific skills and knowledge through: 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Year 7 

Biology - students learn about cells, organ systems and the environment.

Chemistry - students will be introduced to the practical theory and develop an understanding of elements, compounds and mixtures.

Physics - students will use the knowledge that they have gained to explore forces and motions. 

Year 8 

Biology - students will learn about health and disease, human populations and variation.

Chemistry - students will explore types of reactions, the Earth and its atmosphere, and trends in reactivity.

Physics - students will investigate energy and waves, electricity and space.

Year 9 

In Year 9 students begin the OCR Gateway Science GCSE course. Students also learn to observe and interpret data through a practical approach to learning. They will assess the reliability of evidence and ideas and gain an insight into the historical development of scientific theories. 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Content

Current Year 11 students are following the AQA courses; either combined science (trilogy) or the three separate sciences. 

Year 10 students continue to follow the OCR Gateway in Science course. The aim of the course is to interest and engage students in science and give opportunities to: 

  • Develop a critical approach to scientific evidence and methods
  • Acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society 
  • Acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning. 

In both specifications and routes students learn Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics with exams in all subjects. Practical skills, mathematical skills and working scientifically are embedded in each course.