Science is fundamental to the comprehension and appreciation of other subjects. Students develop a love of learning through the opportunity to discover scientific phenomena and knowledge themselves, through high quality teaching and independent study outside the classroom. Students will be challenged to problem solve, apply their skills to other contexts and become robust, metacognitive, resilient learners that will see them grow in confidence throughout the foundation phase. Students will be provided with a solid foundation for further study of science by embedding the core knowledge required to understand science in greater depth. With a focus on knowledge acquisition over time students are given the opportunity to question themselves, the world and the wider universe. The study of science is integral to their day to day experiences and prospects.
Students have 6 lessons of science per fortnight. In Years 7 and 8, we follow a bespoke curriculum that covers the whole Key Stage 3 requirement whilst building essential knowledge, vocabulary, skills and understanding for the GCSE courses ahead. Our course prepares students for the rigours of GCSE study by introducing more complex scientific ideas at a much earlier stage than before. Separate units of biology, chemistry and physics are covered over the course of each academic year. Regular assessment throughout the course followed by a detailed review of answers allows students to reflect on their learning and improve their examination answers and technique. The Year 9 curriculum builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in Years 7 and 8 as students begin building the foundation knowledge for their Science GCSEs.
The units are taught on a rota examples of which are shown below.
|Autumn 1||Autumn 2||Spring 1||Spring 2||Summer 1||Summer 2|
|Year 7||Cellular biology||Forces||Chemical reactions|
|Chemistry fundamentals||Genetics and Evolution||Space and Waves|
|Year 8||Chemical changes||Earth and resources||Ecosystems|
|Energy||Human organisation||Electricity and magnetism|
|Year 9||Cell biology||Organisation||Infection and response|
|Atomic structure||The periodic table||Structures and bonding|
|Energy||Electricity||Particle Model of Matter|
|Bitesize KS3 Science||Seneca KS3 Science||KS3 Science Education Quizzes|
KS4 (GCSE) Combined Science
We offer two routes in the science GCSEs. Students either study for a separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE or they follow a Combined Science pathway which covers all 3 sciences and is worth 2 GCSEs.
The pathway each student follows is carefully selected to suit the academic interests of the individual to give them the best chance of fulfilling their potential in the GCSE examinations.
|Exam Specification||Past Papers||Extra Curricular Clubs|
|Seneca Revision: Higher Tier Combined Science||Seneca Revision: Foundation Tier Combined Science||Bitesize Combined Science|
|100% Exam||0% Coursework|
Exam 1: Biology Paper 1 – 16.7%
Exam 2: Chemistry Paper 1 – 16.7%
Exam 3: Physics Paper 1 – 16.7%
Exam 4: Biology Paper 2 – 16.7%
Exam 5: Chemistry Paper 2 – 16.7%
Exam 6: Physics Paper 2 – 16.7%
SoW and Sequence
Further Education/Job Destinations:
The list of science related careers is endless but includes possible careers in;
Job prospects include, but are not limited to:
Homework is set regularly via Class Charts. Each science teacher will set 30 – 60 minutes of homework per fortnight in order to reinforce and extend learning and prepare students for their GCSE examinations.
The Science department recommends the purchase of the following revision resources and textbooks to help support learning at home. These are not compulsory, but highly recommended