Subject Team: T. Mockford, A. Meatyard, S. Hehir, C. Miller, J. Alford, G. Yellop, J. Dibben

Subject aims

To create a challenging environment which raises standards of achievement and the quality of teaching and learning in science by providing them with appropriate learning pathways so that they develop the skills needed to be active citizens within an increasingly scientific world

Key Stage 3 Autumn Spring Summer
The KS3 science curriculum is taught over two years. The KS3 Science curriculum is broken down into modules for Biology, Chemistry and Physics with an emphasis on Working Scientifically. The total units a student will study in KS3 is 12, this is broken down into 6 units with 2 from each discipline per year. For each unit, learners will be given pieces of assessed work to complete.

The KS3 Science curriculum is divided into twelve separate units for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each unit covers a science topic and will take the students approximately six weeks to complete. For each unit, students will be assigned pieces of homework to complete.

The units covered over the 2 years will be:

Biology-      Cells & Skeletons,                 Ecology & Genetics,

Food & Digestion                Plants

Chemistry – Acids & Alkalis,                     Atoms & Elements,

Earth Chemistry,                     Simple Chemical Reactions

Physics –     Energy & Electricity               Forces

Solar System                           Waves

Key Stage 4 Autumn Spring Summer
Yr 10 Core Science


C1 Carbon Chemistry

P1 Energy for the home

B1 Understanding Organisms


C2 Chemical Resources

Controlled Assessment

P2Living for the future

B2 Understanding Our Environment


B1,C1,P1 exam

B2, C2, P2 exam

C3 Chemical Economics

Yr 11 Additional Science P3 – Forces for transport

B3 – Living & Growing

Controlled Assessment


C4 – The Periodic Table

P4 – Radiation for Life


B4 It’s a Green World


B3,C3,P3 exam

B4,C4,P4 exam

Further information

Reading list and useful texts

  • CGP Science Revision Guide & Workbook
    New Scientist
  • OCR Gateway Core Science
  • OCR Gateway Additional Science
  • Will we ever speak dolphin? – New Scientist
  • Does anything eat wasps? – New Scientist
  • Why can’t elephants jump? – New Scientist
  • Why are orang-utans orange? – New Scientist
  • Why don’t penguins’ feet freeze? – New Scientist
  • Do Polar bears’ get lonely? – New Scientist


Subject related web sites