In KS3 Science we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

Pupils should develop their use of scientific vocabulary, including the use of scientific nomenclature and units and mathematical representations.

   Term 1  Term 2  Term 3
 Year 8


 Chapter 1: Introduction to Chemistry




 Chapter 1: Energy

 Chapter 2: Light



 Chapter 1: Cells and Life Processes

 Chapter 5: Plant and Animal Reproduction


 Year 9


 Chapter 2: Sound

 Chapter 4: Forces and Motion


 Chapter 2: Food and Nutrition

 Chapter 3: Releasing Energy


 Chapter 3: Water and Solutions

 Chapter 4: Planet Earth

 Year 10


 Chapter 6: Variation and Inheritance

 Chapter 8: Ecology


 Chapter 5: Metals

 Chapter 6: Further Chemistry


 Chapter 5: Electricity and Magnetism

 Chapter 3: Space



On-going formative assessment will take place continuously through class activities, oral questioning and written homework.

Assessment 1

Class test on first topic in Term 1

Assessment 2

1 hour paper

Assessment 3

Class test on first topic in Term 2

Assessment 4

1 hour paper



Pupils will be provided with a Longmans Biology, Chemistry and Physics textbook and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.

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STEM Week – Pupils will have an opportunity to participate in science related activities (25th-29th January).


How Parents Can Help - Some Suggestions

  • Encourage your son to go over his Longmans Science textbook and revise throughout the year;
  • Ensure homework is done to the best of his ability and that all corrections are completed;
  • Promote the habit of proof-reading everything that he writes to ensure accurate spelling, punctuation, grammar.





Double Award GCSE



Double Award Physics combined with Double Award Chemistry and Double Award Biology will provide students with 2 GCSE grades.

We follow the CCEA Specification which consists of two Examination Units (1 hour each) and a Practical Skills Unit.

   Assessment  Weighting of Double Award
 Unit 1

 Weds, 25th May 2016

 1:30pm - 2:30pm

 Unit 2


 Year 12

 Practical Skills Unit
 A controlled assessment task
 will be completed during Year 12.


 (This includes Chemistry and
 Biology tasks)


Link to Awarding Body Specification / website - http://www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/general_science/revised_double_award/

Double Award Physics will be taught over three periods each week. The following topics will be covered in Year 11:

 Term  Topic
 Forces & Motion, Momentum
 Energy Transfer, Resources & Efficiency
 Moments & Stability
 Nuclear Fission & Fusion
 Past Paper Revision


In Year 12 Double Award Science students will be studying the following topics:

 Term  Topic
 Waves, Light and Sound
 The Earth and the Universe
 The Earth and the Universe
 Past paper revision


Students will be using the CCEA GCSE Physics Revision book and supplementary materials are available on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.


The Controlled Assessment will take place at a suitable time in Year 12, depending on the content of the task set by CCEA. This will involve the following process:

Part A – Planning and Risk Assessment

Students develop a hypothesis and plan an experiment to test it. They draw a blank table to record the results of their experiment, and carry out a risk assessment.

Part B – Data Collection

Students carry out the experiment and record the data collected in their results table.

Part C – Processing, Analysis and Evaluation

Students answer questions relating to their own work, demonstrating scientific knowledge and understanding. They also show their ability to process, analyse and evaluate information they have collected from their experiment.



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