Our fundamental aim when teaching the Science subjects – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – is to inspire in pupils a fascination and wonder towards this amazing universe we inhabit. From the awe inspiring macroscopic universe of galaxies and black holes to the mind bending microscopic world of atoms and quarks, via the miracle of human biology and life on Earth, we view Science as a journey of discovery.

The Wonder of Science

Science lessons should never be dull – their subject matter is far too extraordinary.  If Science lessons are too dry and abstract many pupils will begin to switch off. Therefore it is essential that classes fully engage all children and not just the more scientifically inclined pupils. It is no coincidence that the majority of our pupils accomplish an equal balance of scientific and humanities GCSEs. To achieve this it is important to establish a balance between the practical work of scientific experiments and the more theoretical exploration of the big questions of existence. Children love to discuss the implications of scientific discoveries, the mind expanding possibilities that science opens up. And so sometimes we will spend whole lessons contemplating the nature of life, of the universe, of time and space, of other dimensions, of mysteries such as dark matter and energy or the possibilities inherent in genetics, robotics, computing etc… Within these discussions the teacher encourages pupils to use their scientific knowledge to find answers to their own questions and imparts new knowledge to help them grasp the seemingly ungraspable.

Hands on Science

As fascinating as it is to ponder upon the philosophical possibilities of science it is necessary to back this up with practical work. This of course means plenty of hands on experiments, where the pupils are able to directly engage with science in action. Practical work also means observation, but not just looking. Real scientific observation involves looking at the world as if we have never seen it before and asking why and how? It requires training the pupils to avoid taking life for granted and instead to question and wonder. As Albert Einstein said, “The important thing is to not stop questioning.” 

The school broadly follows the National Curriculum and prepares pupils to take either Dual or Triple Science GCSEs.

Science Curriculum Outline

Here is a general outline of our Science curriculum. Please note that this is principally a guide and is subject to change. THE TABLE BELOW IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

 AutumnSpringSummer
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3"Biology:
Plant & Animal Habitats
Food Chains"
"Chemistry:
States of Matter
Changes in Materials"
"Physics:
Forces & Movement
Heat & Temperature"
Year 4"Biology:
Animal Classification
Animal Life Cycles
Microorganisms"
"Chemistry:
Heat
Energy
Changing States"
"Physics:
Electrical Circuits
Electrical Conductors
Magnetism"
Year 5"Biology:
Plant Classification
Plant Life Cycles
Photosynthesis
Humans & the Environment"
"Chemistry:
Atoms & Molecules
Elements
Compounds
Material Properties
"
"Physics:
Universal Forces
Gravity
Electro-Magnetism
Light"
Year 6"Biology:
The Senses
Skeleton & Muscles
Coordination & Control
Skin, Hair & Nails
Teethe & Eating"
"Chemistry:
Atoms
Metals
Rocks
Solids
"
"Physics:
The Universe
Galaxies
Nebulae
Stars & Solar System
The Planets"
Year 7"Biology:
Respiration
Circulation
Bllod
Cells"
"Chemistry:
Solids, Liquids & Gases
Inside Atoms
The Periodic Table
The Elements
Compounds"
"Physics:
Electro-Magnetic Spectrum
Strong & Weak Nuclear Forces
Light & Shadows
Sound
Speed
Levers"
Year 8"Biology:
Ecosystems & Habitats
Evolution
Animal Reproduction
Human Reproduction
Hormones
Brain
Nervous System"
"Chemistry:
Particles
Acids & Bases
Metals
Earth & Environment
Oils & Fuels"
"Physics:
Inventions
Theories
Energy at Home
Motion, Work & Energy
Solids, Liquids & Gases
Pressure"
Year 9"Biology:
Digestive System
Nutrition & Diet
Health & Disease
Immune System
Medicine & Drugs
Genetics"
"Chemistry:
Physical Changes
Chemical Changes
Chemical Reactions
Chemical Industry
Organic Chemistry"
"Physics:
Waves
Electricity
Stars
Black Holes
Dark Energy & Dark Matter
Atoms & Radiation"
Year 10
Year 11