Course Aims:

  • To develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • To begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • To be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations.

Course Content:

Year 7 

  • Introduction to science
  • Cells
  • Particles
  • Space
  • Movement
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Basic Electricity
  • Human reproduction
  • Separating mixtures
  • Waves – light
  • Plant reproduction
  • Photosynthesis
  • Waves - sound

Year 8 

  • Respiration and breathing
  • Digestion
  • Ecosystems
  • Periodic table/elements
  • Chemical reactions
  • Earth
  • Forces
  • Forces and Motion
  • Energy

Trips and visits:

Science museum; Whipsnade Zoo and the Natural History Museum

Co-curricular activities:

  • Science club - Students learn practical skills, carryout fun and interesting experiments and take part in competitions.
  • Race for the line (Rocket car club) – A National STEM competition

Key Stage 4 & 5 / Career Progression:

The science course is specifically designed to build understanding and skills that leads into the new AQA Science GCSE and A Levels. Careers that directly link to Science are numerous, some of these include: medicine, nursing, optometry, dentistry, teaching and engineering.

Recommended Reading:

BBC Bitesize