Curriculum Intent

Science is a fascinating subject which at the same time allows people to understand the world they live in and wonder at it.


1. To provide knowledge and understanding.

2. To develop abilities and skills.

3. To stimulate thought.

4. To promote an awareness of the applications and real-world importance of scientific study.


KS3 - Programme of study

The Key Stage 3 Science national curriculum is delivered via the following topics:

For more detail on what each topic contains, and the sequence of lessons, please follow the KS3 Science Programme of Study - this can be a really useful way to support your child in science as it lists the objectives for each lesson, and corresponds directly to the textbooks shown below. For specific detail on each lesson please follow the link to our Key Stage 3 Science Scheme of Work.


To buy textbooks for the course please use the following ISBN details

YEAR 7 (Collins AQA for year 7) 978-0-00-821528-6               YEAR 8 (Collins AQA for year 8) 978-0-00-821529-3



KS4 - Programme of study

Students completing GCSEs in science will cover the following broad topics:


  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Photosynthesis
  • 3. Moving and Changing Materials
  • 4. Health Matters
  • 5. Coordination and Control
  • 6. Genetics
  • 7. Variation and Evolution
  • 8. Ecology in Action


  • 1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 3. Quantitative chemistry
  • 4. Chemical changes
  • 5. Energy changes
  • 6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 7. Organic chemistry
  • 8. Chemical analysis
  • 9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 10. Using resources


  • 1. Energy
  • 2. Electricity
  • 3. Particle model of matter
  • 4. Atomic structure
  • 5. Forces
  • 6. Waves
  • 7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Students can opt to complete 2 GCSEs in science on the 'trilogy' route, or 3 GCSEs in science on the 'triple' route. Both follow the new AQA Specification - please follow the following links below for programmes of study and specifications iin both of these science routes. The programmes of study give you lesson by lesson guidance on what your child will learn and are ideal for supporting their learning at home.


Science Programmes of Study KS4

Specifications (AQA) for KS4

AQA GCSE 'Trilogy' Specification 

AQA GCSE Biology Specification (triple)

AQA GCSE Chemistry Specification (triple)

AQA GCSE Physics Specification (triple)


To buy textbooks for the course please use the following ISBN details

2 GCSE -  AQA Trilogy                               

BIOLOGY 978-0-00-817504-7                    CHEMISTRY 978-0-00-817505-4                PHYSICS 978-0-00-817506-1



3 GCSE - Triple Science (AQA Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 

Please note, although these books look similar to those above, there is more content and a different price.

BIOLOGY 978-0-00-815875-0                    CHEMISTRY 978-0-00-815876-7                PHYSICS 978-0-00-815877-4




High standards are expected from pupils at all times in terms of both work and behaviour for learning. Pupils are expected to work independently and most importantly as a team.  Teaching will aim to be innovative and will use a variety of teaching methods in order to suit all learning styles in the classroom.

The science department is committed to providing frequent and inclusive opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. We use the environment that directly surrounds the school to provide innovation in addition to the numerous facilities and learning spaces within the school building.

Pupils are expected to maintain high quality written work and will be expected to present work well with accurate spelling, punctuation, grammar (SPaG) and use of capital letters. Pupils are expected to correct any SPaG errors during dedicated improvement time.

Outside of the classroom pupils are expected to complete homework at the request of the teacher. This will generally be on a weekly basis and will take a variety of forms. All homework is available for pupils, parents and staff to access via Google Classroom. Failure to complete homework will result in sanctions.


Marking and Assessment

Please access the link to our current Assessment Policy.


Exams taken

Students from 2017 will be examined on the new GCSE 9-1 specification from AQA.

Linear exams and ongoing revision/practice

The new style GCSE requires students to learn and practice the content throughout the 3 year GCSE course. All the exams will now be at the end of year 11, and they are more difficult than previous years science GCSEs. Although this will not affect the number of students achieving certain grades (from 9-1) it does represent a new challenge to students as they prepare. It is really important that students practice their science skills and revise right through their GCSE course.

Workbooks and Revision Guides:


KS4 booster books: Grade 5 and Grade 8/9 available. Trilogy and Triple Science

CGP stock an excellent range of revision guides and workbook combinations for the new 9-1 GCSE - follow this link.

We are also able to sell Collins revision guides for Key Stage 3, and for the new science GCSE to students - details about this offer will be given in class.



Careers leading on from science


Staff List

Ms H Alston - Curriculum Leader for Science

Miss R Betney - Teacher of Science, Assistant Curriculum Leader

Mrs R Ferguson - Teacher of Science, Assistant Curriculum Leader

Miss R Brooks - Teacher of Science

Mr D Brown - Teacher of Science

Mr G Burgess - Teacher of Science

Mr J Galbraith - Assistant Headteacher

Mr A Hoskins - Teacher of Science

Miss M Hummerston - Teacher of Science, Assistant Curriculum Leader (acting) 

Mrs J Barlow - Senior Technician

Miss H Fitzpatrick - Technician

Ms S Dickinson - Technician

Ms H Hendry - Technician



Extra-curricular activities

  • Science club

  • Astronomy club

  • STEM activities

  • Student Leadership Activities

  • Science Week

  • Primary Liaison

  • CREST award

How parents can support their children

All the teachers in this department are passionate about science. We will encourage and engender the same sort of wonder in school, but we would appreciate your support in helping pupils access the vast array of information and research available that will help inspire pupils at home. The science department values the support and cooperation of parents in ensuring pupils attend school on time and ready to learn, complete classwork and homework to the highest possible standard and in meeting the standards required in the school behaviour policy. We always recommend that pupils are able to access revision guides and APPs to aid in consolidating their learning. We can recommend BBC Bitesize, Doc Brown, GCSE pod and Collins Connect as useful support tools.






Science Revision Activities

Science Revision Activities