Subject: Science
Subject Overview:

The main aim of the science department is to engage and inspire our learners to think scientifically throughout KS3 and KS4. We teach learners the skills required to investigate scientific concepts through practical experiments, whilst developing their understanding of the subject. Learners will get the chance, at the end of each half term, to focus on inspirational science that has recently been in the news. This keeps learners up to date with current scientific affairs in the real world and allows them to explore careers, within science, that they may wish to pursue in the future. Homework is set on a
weekly basis using the online platform www.educake.co.uk and we encourage that independent study is completed out of class by learners, to allow them to challenge themselves whilst gaining a better understanding of the science curriculum. To facilitate this, all learners will be given access to a Google Classroom area which will give learners a wide range of ideas of tasks that they could complete.

Learners at KS3 cover a variety of biology, chemistry and physics topics focussing on the key ideas behind each topic, whilst also having the experience of developing their practical skills during investigations. All content covered at KS3 provides the basic science that is needed to ensure success at GCSE level, along with the basic practical skills that can be built upon from year 7 onwards.

During KS4 we run GCSE combined science and GCSE separate sciences in biology, chemistry and physics. Learners will follow one of these pathways from year 10 that is based upon their achievement in science throughout KS3. Each course requires students to further develop their skills in specific practical investigations that are set by the exam board and cover a wide range of content across the three science subjects.

At GCSE level, students will study for:  Either Edexcel Combined Science OR Edexcel Separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Key Stage 3
Content: Year 7: Year 8: Year 9:
Autumn Term 1: Roald Dahl day

States of matter

Space week

Energy and space

Energy

Space week

Nutrition and
digestion

Inspirational science in the news and academic reading

States of matter and
separating techniques

Resultant forces and
terminal velocity

Cellular respiration

Inspirational science
in the news and
academic reading

Autumn Term 2: Energy and space

Cells and organisation

Assessment 1

Inspirational
science in the
news and academic
reading

Nutrition and
digestion

Atoms,
elements and
compounds

Waves

Assessment 1

Inspirational
science in the
news and academic
reading

Cellular respiration

Atomic structure

Waves

Assessment 1

Genetics

Spring Term 1: Atoms,
elements and
compounds

Forces

Reproduction

Inspirational
science in the
news and
academic
reading

Gas exchange

Chemical and
physical changes

Inspirational
science in the
news and
academic
reading

Genetics

Heat energy
changes

Waves

Evolution

Inspirational
science in the
news and
academic

Spring Term 2: Chemical and
physical
changes

Electricity

British Science
week

Inspirational
science in the
news and
academic
reading

Describing
motion

British Science
week

Inspirational
science in the
news and
academic
reading

Evolution

British Science
week

The electromagnetic spectrum

Plants and
photosynthesis

Inspirational

Summer Term 1: Electricity

Assessment 2

Inspirational
science in the
news and
academic
reading

Assessment 2

Health and disease

Plants and
photosynthesis

Rates of
reactions and
reactivity

Inspirational
science in the
news and
academic
reading

Summer Term 2: Relationships
in ecosystems

Inspirational science in the news and
academic
reading

The rock cycle

Inspirational
science in the
news and
academic
reading

Electricity

Assessment 2

Climate
change

Key Stage 4
Content: Year 10: Year 11:
Autumn Term 1: Cells and enzymes

Atomic structure
and the Periodic
table

Ionic, covalent and
metallic bonding

Motion

Forces

Cells and enzymes

Diffusion, osmosis
and active transport

Ecosystems and
material cycles

Atomic structure
and the Periodic
table

Fuels

Motion

Forces

Magnetism and the
motor effect

Autumn Term 2: Diffusion,
osmosis and
active
transportBonding

Chemistry
calculations

Forces

Assessment 1

Ecosystems
and material
cyclesAcids

Radioactivity

Assessment 1

Spring Term 1: Exchange and
transport in
animalsHealth,
disease and
the
development
of medicines

Chemistry
calculations

Fuels

Forces and
their effects

Conservation
of energy

Forces and
matter

Animal
coordination,
control and
homeostasis

Acids

Groups in the
Periodic table

Particle model

Spring Term 2: Health, disease
and the
development of
medicinesPlant structures
and their
functions

Earth and the
atmosphere

Conservation of
energy

Electricity

Assessment 2

Obtaining and using metals

Reversible reactions and
equilibria

Assessment 2

Summer Term 1: Ecosystems
and material
cyclesChemistry
calculations

Electricity

Waves

Light and the
EM spectrum

Preparation for external
exams: GCSE exams
w/b 16th May
Summer Term 2: Ecosystems
and material
cyclesElectricity

Assessment 3

 
Revision Links for GCSE Course:

Combined science: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zqkww6f
Separate biology: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zcq2j6f
Separate chemistry: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zy984j6
Separate physics: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/examspecs/zqpshv4
General science revision: https://www.s-cool.co.uk/
Maths in science revision: https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/chemistry-revision/gcse-edexcel/
Combined science specification:
https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_CombinedScience_Spec.pdf
Biology specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_Biology_Spec.pdf
Chemistry specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_Chemistry_Spec.pdf
Physics specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Science/2016/Specification/GCSE_Physics_Spec.pdf

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

  1. Provide a device to allow online homework to be accessed or if this is not possible, encourage your child to use the facilities at Kepier to complete it
  2. Encourage your child to access the independent study resources that are available in their Google Classroom area to allow them to further develop their understanding of the subject
  3. Encourage learners to review topics at GCSE level, using GCSE pod, a learning platform that all learners in the school have access to
Extra-Curricular Activities:

Robotics club runs after school for years 7 to 9.

Additional Information:

If you have a question about the Science curriculum you can use the form below to contact the Science department.