Science

Our Science curriculum

KS3 Science curriculum

Intent: Our young scientists will acquire life-long enquiry science skills, in order to explore and understand the world they live in, alongside the vast knowledge of the disciplines of biology, physics and chemistry. They will also develop an understanding of the vital role that major scientific ideas and scientists have played in society. In doing so, all our pupils, regardless of their starting points, will be fully prepared for their next stage of science education, and beyond.


Science is taught discretely, with a focus on substantive knowledge-rich content and the development of essential disciplinary knowledge. The National Curriculum programmes of study are fully adhered to and then supplemented with additional knowledge-rich content. This provides an ambitious and coherent science curriculum that both prepares pupils extremely well for future learning and gives them the tools to independently investigate and explore the world further. The science curriculum encourages pupils to be curious about natural phenomena and to be excited by the process of understanding the world around them. We are integrating the idea of Science Capital into our curriculum to foster an understanding of the role of science in our local community.


We want our pupils to remember the concepts they learn. Therefore, the curriculum focuses on the sequential development of essential substantive knowledge underpinning biology, chemistry and physics, as per our science progression map. Over time, these building blocks of component learning are transformed into a deep understanding of the real world. Each year group deepens their understanding of key concepts, adding new generative knowledge to existing schema. For example, the biology strand of ‘plants’ is revisited multiple times throughout the year groups, with the component learning of basic plant structure in KS2 transforming into the composite learning of photosynthesis in plants in Year 8, then bioenergetics processes in Year 10 and in-depth photosynthesis in Year 13.


Procedures and concepts that underpin scientific methods are developed through the systematic focus on disciplinary knowledge. Every unit of work contains opportunities to develop the Working Scientifically skills of asking questions, planning enquiries, observing, measuring, recording, presenting and interpreting results, drawing conclusions, predicting and evaluating, according to the progression in these skills as per the science progression map. Thus, essential science concepts are developed whilst children investigate the world around them. The different approaches to science enquiry, such as testing, research and classifying are also systematically developed in the disciplinary knowledge section of the progression map. Each science unit of work is then framed around an enquiry question(s), ensuring a systematic, contextualised development of both substantive and disciplinary knowledge.

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Half term 1General safety in the Laboratory
C1: Acids and alkalis
C1: Atoms, elements and compounds
B1: Cells and respiration
B1: Cell Biology
B2: Organisation
B3: Infection & Response
C1: Atomic structure & periodic table
Half term 2B1: Breathing and organ systems
P1: The Earth and beyond
B2: Photosynthesis
P1: Electricity
C2: Bonding
P1: Energy
P2: Electricity
P3: Particles
Half term 3B2: Food, digestion and lifestyle
C2: Particles
B3: Reproduction
C2: Materials
B4: Variation & evolution
B5: Homeostasis & response
C3: Acids & salts
Half term 4P2: Simple forcesP2: Further forcesC4: Rates
P4: Forces
P5: Waves
Half term 5B3: Ecological relationships
C3: Separating materials
B4: Inheritance and selection
C3: Our Earth
B6: Ecology
C5: Mixtures
Half term 6P3: EnergyP3: Light and soundP6: Magnetism

KS4 GCSE Combined Science Trilogy Higher

Exam board: AQA
Course code: 601/8758/X
Examinations: Biology paper 1 – 16.7%, Biology paper 2 – 16.7%. Chemistry paper 1 – 16.7%, Chemistry paper 2 – 16.7%. Physics paper 1 – 16.7%, Physics paper 2 – 16.7%.
Progression routes: Science can lead to careers in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, trade engineering, medicine, conservation.

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1Biology: Bioenergetics – Respiration
Chemistry: Atomic Structure & Periodic
Table Topic
Bonding & Structure Topic
Physics: Energy Topic
Biology: Inheritance Topic
Chemistry: Calculations Topic
Physics: Forces & Momentum Topic
Half term 2Biology: Bioenergetics – Photosynthesis
Cell Biology
Chemistry: Acids, Salts & Electrolysis Topic
Physics: Particle Model of Matter Topic.
Biology: Inheritance Topic
Chemistry: Equilibria & Atmosphere Topic
Physics: Waves Topic
Half term 3Biology: Organisation
Chemistry: Rates & Energy Topic
Physics: Electricity Topic.
Biology: Homeostasis Topic
Chemistry: Using Resources
Physics: Magnetism & Electromagnetism Topic
Half term 4Biology: Infection & Response
Chemistry: Organic Topic
Physics: Atomic Structure Topic
Biology: Homeostasis Topic
Chemistry: Using Resources
Physics: Magnetism & Electromagnetism Topic
Half term 5Biology: Variation & Evolution
Chemistry: Mixtures Topic
Physics: Forces & Motion Topic
Biology: Ecology Topic
Chemistry: Structured Revision Lessons
Physics: Structured Revision Lessons
Half term 6Biology: Variation & Evolution
Chemistry: Mixtures Topic
Physics: Forces & Elasticity Topic
Biology: Revision
Chemistry: Revision
Physics: Revision

KS4 GCSE Combined Science Trilogy Foundation

Exam board: AQA
Course code: 601/8758/X
Examinations: Biology paper 1 – 16.7%, Biology paper 2 – 16.7%. Chemistry paper 1 – 16.7%, Chemistry paper 2 – 16.7%. Physics paper 1 – 16.7%, Physics paper 2 – 16.7%.
Progression routes: Science can lead to careers in chemical engineering, electrical engineering, trade engineering, medicine, conservation.

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1Biology: Bioenergetics – Respiration
Bioenergetics – Photosynthesis
Chemistry: Atomic Structure & Periodic
Table Topic
Bonding & Structure Topic
Physics: Energy Topic
Biology: Inheritance Topic
Chemistry: Calculations Topic
Physics: Forces and elasticity.
Half term 2Biology: Cell biology
Chemistry: Acids, Salts & Electrolysis Topic
Physics: Particle Model of Matter Topic.
Biology: Inheritance Topic
Chemistry: Equilibria & Atmosphere Topic
Physics: Waves Topic
Half term 3Biology: Organisation
Chemistry: Rates & Energy Topic
Physics: Electricity Topic
Biology: Homeostasis Topic
Chemistry: Using Resources
Physics: Magnetism & Electromagnetism Topic
Half term 4Biology: Infection & Response
Chemistry: Organic Topic
Physics: Atomic Structure Topic
Biology: Homeostasis Topic
Chemistry: Using Resources
Physics: Magnetism & Electromagnetism Topic
Half term 5Biology: Variation & Evolution
Chemistry: Mixtures Topic
Physics: Forces & Motion Topic.
Biology: Ecology Topic
Chemistry: Structured Revision Lessons
Physics: Structured Revision Lessons
Half term 6Biology: Variation & Evolution
Chemistry: Mixtures Topic
Physics: Forces & Motion Topic.
Biology: Revision
Chemistry: Revision
Physics: Revision

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Updated | 23rd January, 2024 |

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