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The aims of the Science Department at Key Stage 3 are:

  • To encourage students to ask questions and to come up with ways of finding answers to those questions
  • To foster students’ abilities to understand and communicate science in different ways in a systematic and disciplined manner
  • To teach the knowledge, skills and processes required to enable each student to progress in their scientific understanding

The curriculum will cover areas from all three sciences, with topics that include:

Year 7

Scientific Enquiry

Cells and our body


Elements, Compounds and Mixtures

The Particle Model


The Earth and the Solar System


Year 8

Plants and Photosynthesis

The effects of diet and lifestyle choices on the body

Elements and the Periodic Table

Reactions of Metals and Metal compounds

Energy and Forces

Electricity and Magnetism

The study of Science will allow students to develop their:

  • awareness of the relationships between science and the world around us
  • practical skills and the ability to work in groups with others
  • critical thinking skills based on an understanding of the need for evidence to make decisions and draw their own conclusions

 Key Stage 3 Assessment

Assessment will be carried out through regular topic tests and end of year exams throughout the Key Stage.  Students will receive regular feedback including guidance on areas for development.

Students will also be assessed through online homework that will provide instant feedback with a mark, and information on areas of strength and those that need developing further.

Home Learning

How parents can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • by regular checking on and discussion of homework and encouraging your child to do of any corrections or extension received as part of the feedback on marking.
  • by asking your child questions about what they are learning in their science lessons in school
  • by encouraging your child to take an interest in science and natural history; encouraging them to read about the subject or to watch some of the fascinating television programmes about science, natural history and medicine that are available.
  • by encouraging your child to recognise that science permeates our environment and possibly discussing topical issues such as cloning, GM crops, medical advances, energy provision or global warming with them, and weighing up the risks and benefits of these issues.


You will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics under the guidance of subject specialists; all courses include an externally examined and an internally assessed element.  The percentage weightings of these differ with the differing qualifications and each student will receive individual guidance on the route that is best for their individual needs.  Science is a practical subject and this is reflected in the teaching of the course.

  • Pathway 1 – students follow units 1-6 in Biology, Chemistry & Physics with the option of assessment by two different routes each of which will culminate in 3 separate GCSEs.
  • Pathway 2 – students follow units 1-4 in Biology, Chemistry & Physics and take the core and additional science GCSEs

Either pathway 1 or 2 will prepare students for studying Science at A-level.

  • Pathway 3 – Students undertake a GCSE in Core Science, followed by a BTEC qualification in Applications of Science.
  • Pathway 4 – Students undertake BTEC qualifications in Principles of Applied Science and Applications of Science, culminating in two GCSE equivalent qualifications.

Students are taught in ability groups (Sets) in Science and we assess all sets on a regular basis, providing feedback to help you move forward and achieve to your full potential.


We have various text book resources for use in school and will recommend revision materials to support your learning outside school. These have been written especially for the OCR Gateway Science courses. We also subscribe to an online homework resource which can be used to help you prepare for exams.

If you have any queries, please contact Mr T Kennedy-Fowler, Head of Science –