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Curriculum Intent – Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 Science curriculum aims to develop scientific knowledge and understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Students should begin to make connections between these subject areas and relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them.

Students will develop their working scientifically skills through conducting experimental investigations, where they will be encouraged to make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding, make and record observations, and pay attention to health and safety. Students will analyse and evaluate the strength of their experimental work by interpreting observations and data, showing awareness of potential sources of error and suggesting improvements to increase repeatability. Students will learn to apply mathematical concepts in a variety of ways in order to adequately prepare students for the more advanced maths of GCSE Science.

Key Stage 3 units are sequenced so that they build in complexity from Year 7 to Year 9, building-up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts that are important for fostering curiosity and excitement about natural phenomena. We aim to ensure that all students are exposed to a diverse and rich set of Scientific literature, which aims to strengthen students’ literacy and oracy skills, as well as empowering students with the expertise needed to access texts and literature outside of the National Curriculum.

Year 7 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Working Scientifically

 

Forces

 

Matter

Organisms

 

Electricity

Reactions

 

Energy

Ecosystems

 

Earth

Waves

 

Working Scientifically

Genes

 

Working Scientifically

 

Year 8 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Working Scientifically

Genes

Matter

Forces

Reactions

Organisms

Matter

Organisms

Electromagnets

Reactions

Ecosystems

Energy

Genes

Earth

 

Year 9 

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
Working Scientifically

Reactions

Waves

Organisms

Maths in Science

Revision

Genes

Physics 1

Careers

Chemistry

Working Scientifically

Biology

Physics

Chemistry Revision

Biology Revision

Physics Revision

Maths in Science Revision

 

Curriculum Intent – Key Stage 4

From Year 10, students begin to study the AQA Combined Science: Trilogy course.

Throughout our two-year GCSE course, students will revisit, build upon, and link the key principles and knowledge from Key Stage 3, to more complex ideas throughout Key Stage 4. We continue to engage students in a broad and rich curriculum that develops their literacy and numeracy skills in apprehension of the GCSE at the end of Year 11.

In Year 10, the focus is placed upon Paper 1 topics of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, whilst Year 11 focuses upon Paper 2 topics. Students engage in retrieval practice starter activities and homework tasks throughout Key Stage 4 to promote long-term learning and avoid the loss of knowledge in the build-up to GCSE examinations.

Students will continue to develop their working scientifically skills through learning the theory of, and conducting, the 21 required practicals of the Combined Science: Trilogy GCSE course. Students will learn to collect, present and analyse both qualitative and quantitative data, and develop the critical skills to draw valid conclusions from investigations.

Year 10

From Year 10, students are taught to distinguish between topics assessed in the Biology 1 paper, Chemistry 1 paper, and Physics 1 paper.

Paper Topic
Biology Paper 1 Cell Biology
Cellular Processes
The Respiratory System
The Digestive System
The Circulatory System
Plant Biology
Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases
The Response to Infection
Paper Topic
Chemistry Paper 1 Atoms and the Periodic Table
Electron Structure and the Periodic Table
Chemical Reactions
Bonding
Extraction of Metals
Quantitative Chemistry (HT Only)

 

Paper Topic
Chemistry Paper 1 Atoms and the Periodic Table
Electron Structure and the Periodic Table
Chemical Reactions
Bonding
Extraction of Metals
Quantitative Chemistry (HT Only)

Term Dates

2022-23

Term 2

Inset day – Fri 11 Nov & Fri 2 Dec 2022

Mon 31 Oct – Tue 20 Dec 2022

Christmas break – Wed 21 Dec – Tue 3 Jan 2023

Term 3

Wed 4 Jan – Fri 10 Feb

Half term – Mon 13 Feb – Fri 17 Feb 2023

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