Head of Faculty - Mr C Fanning

  • the rule of law: ethics and laws on cloning
  • individual liberty: 
  • mutual respect: about everyone’s ideas
  • tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs: view of evolution, natural selection, big bang theory etc


Key Stage 3

Our KS3 curriculum is based around a thematic approach to engage and inspire our students to take note of what is happening in the world around them, allowing them to explain everyday phenomena and ask questions. Each theme contains sections all 3 sciences along with many opportunities to have a hands on, practical experiences where investigative skills will be developed. Students are encouraged to become inquisitive and to bring their own experiences and research into lesson to broaden their learning and that of others.

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students move onto their science GCSE, the exam board we use is Edexcel. They will study for a double GCSE in Core science and Additional science. This will be assessed externally in the form of a three external exams in Biology, Chemistry and Physics at the end of their course and a piece of internally moderated piece of coursework. All of these have equal weighting. However, throughout the course, students will be regularly assessed with internal tests and exams.

More Able (formerly Gifted and Talented)

Year 11 top set have completed their core and additional science and are currently completing a GCSE in Human Health and Physiology.

Year 9 and 10 top sets are completing core and additional science respectively and are extended where it fits on the course to the next level up.

Help and support

To allow our students to strive towards these outstanding results, every Monday there is a Science catch and revision for both Keystages running until 4pm. This gives the students chance to work with the department on areas they have struggled, practice exam papers or just get some help with their home learning.


Here is an outline of what we expect to cover with the students. It is possible that some groups will cover the material at different paces as we want the students to have a good understanding before moving on.

Years 7 and 8 are considered as Key Stage 3.

GCSE courses start when students enter year 9.

Year 7




Areas covered




Stranded on a desert island and looking for a way to survive

  • Balanced diet and effects of not being balanced
  • Energy from plants (photosynthesis and comparison)
  • Pure, impure and mixtures
  • Dissolving
  • Magnets and compasses
  • Filtering
  • Distillation
  • Evaporation
  • Chromatography (message in a bottle – which pen would be best)
  • Pressure – mud flat
  • Atmospheric pressure – mountain range
  • Upthrust
  • Floating and sinking – escape rafts



Element unknown

Scientists have discovered a new element but what can we find out about it?

  • Elements compounds and mixtures
  • Atom structure
  • Periodic table
  • Mendeelev
  • Symbols
  • Metals vs non-metals
  • Alkali metals
  • Transition metals
  • Predicting patterns in PT
  • Reactivity series
  • Displacement
  • Extraction with Carbon



Powering the ISS

Investigate how the ISS is powered and how its made

  • Energy types
  • Energy transfers
  • Transfer calculations
  • Energy in food
  • Renewable energy resources
  • Best fuels – shuttle to ISS
  • Cooling curves
  • Insulation
  • Conduction
  • Convection
  • Radiation
  • Solids, liquids and gases temperature changes (expansion, contraction etc)
  • Materials – composites, polymers, ceramics



Alien life

Comparisons between alien cells and humans

  • Cells
  • Organelles
  • Tissues and organs (alien autopsy)
  • Specialised cells
  • Cell division
  • Plant cells
  • Plant organs
  • Cloning
  • Selective breeding




Tour around a hospital (exit cards in the form of appointment letter to next dept with space for questions)

  • Dieticians office – 7 nutrients, deficiencies, energy requirements of different people
  • Gastroenterologist – digestion and enzymes
  • Pulmonary dept – lungs and respiratory system, effect of smoking and asthma,
  • Cardiac unit – heary and circulation, respiration both aerobic and anaerobic, effect exercise
  • Fertility specialist – puberty differences male and female, fertilisation, STI’s and contraception
  • Maternity unit – maternal lifestyle, gestation and birth
  • A&E – illegal and recreational drugs, tobacco and alcohol inc fermentation



Powering your home

Investigate how electricity is used, what it is and how it moves through a home.

  • Energy transformations
  • Energy resources (renewable and non)
  • Current
  • Current flow in series and parallel
  • Potential difference
  • Potential difference in series and parallel
  • Resistance
  • Insulators and conductors (terms of resistance)
  • Electromagnets (magnetic locks)
  • Motors (vibrating xbox pads)



What makes a super hero?

Comparison between humans and superheroes and how they are made

  • Skeleton and muscles – hulk vs humans, look at superman and gravity on krypton.
  • Variation – environmental vs inherited
  • Continuous and discontinuous variation between superheroes
  • Inheritance – are superheroes genes the same of humans?
  • Genetic crosses
  • Adaptations – aliens (superman)
  • Natural selection
  • Extinction
  • Gene banks and biodiversity


Year 8




Areas covered


Only one Earth?

Earth study, effect of humans and could we inhabit another planet?

  • Earth structure
  • Tectonic plates
  • Rock cycle inc weathering and erosion
  • Types of rock and formation
  • Properties of rocks
  • Fossil fuels formation and use
  • Atmosphere composition
  • Carbon cycle
  • Recycling
  • Days
  • Years
  • Seasons
  • gravity
  • Stars and galaxies


In the jungle

Trek through the amazon looking at different areas – start by arriving by boat (waves) trek through wildlife and finding a surprise waterfall

  • Waves (water and superstition)
  • Plant life and adaptations
  • Photosynthesis
  • Animal and plant adaptations
  • Food chains
  • Food webs
  • Bioaccumulation
  • Light (reflections, mirrors, diffusion in waterfall and pond)
  • Taking pictures (pinhole camera)
  • Deforestation (effect on atmosphere)


Theme park

Follow a map to investigate forces at each attraction

  • Forces, balanced and unbalanced
  • Levers and pulleys
  • Speed
  • Time-distance graphs
  • Relative motion
  • Slowing down – friction, water and air resistance
  • Hooks law (bungee jump)
  • Work done
  • Magnets
  • Static


Life as an a CSI

Each lesson we will be exploring some fundamentals of chemistry and using these to solve crimes

  • Chemical vs physical
  • Compounds
  • Symbols and subscript
  • Conservation of mass
  • Combustion
  • Thermal decomposition
  • Oxidation
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Indicators
  • Neutralisation
  • Acids and metals
  • Acids and oxides
  • Acids and non-metal oxides
  • Catalysts
  • Energy changes – endo and exothermic


Studio magic

Investigate different aspects of film and the cinema

  • Sound, waves, echos, speed through materials, hearing ranges
  • Energy transfers – waves, ultrasound, microphones
  • Light – rays, eyes
  • Coloured light and filters
  • ‘Smellovision’ – diffusion and Brownian motion
  • Power ratings
  • Domestic bills
  • Energy in foods
  • States of matter
  • Changes in states of matter
  • Cooling curves?