Curriculum Statement - Science

“Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work.” – Thomas Edison

Our Vision

To create an ambitious and challenging curriculum that provides all students, regardless of background or circumstance, with the knowledge, skills and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, as well as a depth of understanding that will enable them to pursue science beyond key stages 4 and 5.

We offer a broad and deep curriculum that builds on the National Curriculum focusing on powerful knowledge, disciplinary knowledge and threshold concepts.  We believe that mastery of threshold concepts is integral to students accessing subsequent powerful knowledge and gaining a deep understanding and appreciation of science.

Our students will develop a passion and enthusiasm for science through science lessons, projects, competitions and the electives program.


Science Curriculum

We have identified the most important threshold concepts below. Our curriculum is designed to teach, revisit and build on these concepts throughout the key stages.


Threshold Concepts in Science


Curriculum Features

  • Taught in specialisms where possible.
  • Covers the national curriculum but focuses on identified threshold concepts (see above). More time is devoted to these concepts and a mastery learning philosophy is promoted.
  • There are many topics we cover in addition to the national curriculum as we believe these topics can enhance student’s cultural capital and understanding of science.
  • There is a large focus on understanding concepts through;



Interleaving                  Formative assessment




Practical Work

  • There is always at least one of the following foci to practical work;
    • Improve knowledge,
    • Practice procedures and techniques,
    • Learn about scientific enquiry.


Co-curricula Enrichment

We provide enrichment for a number of reasons;

  • To promote a love of the subject.
  • To enhance student’s cultural capital.
  • To teach powerful knowledge specific to science.
  • Increase at uptake at KS4, 5 and beyond.
  • Narrow attainment gaps.
  • Promoting STEM Careers.
  • Stretch / Challenge / Aspirations.
  • Promote oracy.

During key stage three students develop an understanding of the fundamentals of physics, chemistry and biology.

During year seven students study

Physics Chemistry Biology
Forces The Particle model Cells
Energy Atoms, Elements & the Periodic Table Reproduction
Electricity Compounds & Mixtures Plants & the Environment
Magnetism Acids & Bases Variation
Sound and Light Equations Food & Digestion
Space Chemical reactions  


In year eight this work is built upon through the topics of

Physics Chemistry Biology
Motion Fundamentals Respiration
Electricity & static Electricity Purity & Separating Mixtures Exchange in Organisms
Energy Metals Photosynthesis
Thermal Energy Rates of Reaction Pathogens & Disease
Light   Environment & Feeding Relationships
Gravitational Forces    


In year nine the curriculum progresses to

Physics Chemistry Biology
Nuclear Physics Fundamentals Human Biology
Simple Machines Energy in Reactions Genes, Evolution & Technology
Newton’s Laws of Motion Chemical Reactions Enzymes
Electromagnetism Atoms & the Periodic Table Ecology
Electromagnetic Waves Ions  
Cosmology Separating Techniques  

Students also develop their practical skills throughout the key stage.


Students study the Pearson GCSE specification. Students can opt to study GCSE separate sciences gaining GCSE qualifications in physics, chemistry & biology.

Further detail is available on the exam board website below