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“This is one of the most important lessons of the scientific method: if you cannot fail, you cannot learn.” Eric Ries

Assessment objectives in science are skills that cross over all of the different topics that students’ are taught in science. They detail the main skills that each student needs to portray in order to succeed in each topic.

Assessment Objective 1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Scientific ideas
  • Scientific techniques and procedures

Assessment Objective 2: Apply knowledge and understanding of:

  • Scientific ideas
  • Scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures

Assessment Objective 3: Analyse information and ideas to:

  • Interpret and evaluate
  • Make judgements and draw conclusions
  • Develop and improve experimental procedures

Each assessment objective transcends any specific year group and forms 3 significant skills the students’ need to demonstrate in class and assessments to succeed in making outstanding progress.

Each topic test is reflectively reviewed and students use information on the assessment objectives to identify weak areas of knowledge and assessment objective skills.

Students can visit our website (students will need to login with their school account in google) to look at revision, recap and application resources in one concise place:

Director: Mr C Donovan-Bayley

Key Stage 3 Science

KS3 in science comprises Years 7 and 8. Pupils experience an introduction to the key concepts of biology, chemistry and physics as well as an introduction to practical work, analysis and scientific thinking.

Each topic is set out to improve recall of key terminology and knowledge, whilst enthusing science curiosity.

Lessons are designed to have a focus on the big questions involved in the chapter and includes an extended writing lesson to use knowledge from the chapter to try and answer the big question.

Each test is set out as follows:

  • Section A - Recall of knowledge learnt over the chapter.
  • Section B - Recall of knowledge previous taught over previous chapters. Section B will become easier as knowledge is constantly being recalled over future topics to build recall ability in the students.

Areas studied in Year 7:

Term 1

Induction and completion of the Bunsen Burner license

Cell level systems:

  • Microscopy
  • Animal cells
  • Plant Cells
  • Bacterial cells
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

Term 2


  • Particle Model
  • Physical changes- Changes of state
  • Chemical changes
  • Structure of the atom- charges and mass
  • Development of the theory of the atom


  • The particle model
  • Density
  • Gas pressure
  • Energy and temperature

Term 3

Scaling up

  • Cell specialisation
  • Diffusion
  • Osmosis
  • Gaseous exchange
  • Circulatory system
  • Heart
  • Plant transport system

Elements, compounds and mixtures

  • Periodic table structure
  • Development of the periodic table
  • Properties of metals and non metals
  • Compounds and mixtures
  • polymers
  • Filtration and crystallisation
  • Distillation
  • Chromatography

Term 4


  • Speed calculation
  • Vectors and scalars
  • Distance-time graphs
  • Free body diagrams
  • Newton’s 1st law
  • Newton’s 2nd law
  • Newton’s 3rd law
  • Hookes law

Organism level systems

  • Basic nervous system
  • Reflexes - arc
  • Enzymes
  • Hormones
  • Homeostasis
  • Reproduction systems- structure
  • Menstrual cycle

Term 5

Chemical reactions

  • Formulae
  • Conservation of mass
  • Chemical equations
  • Detecting gases- gas tests
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions- reaction profiles higher
  • pH Scale
  • Neutralisation

Electricity and magnetism

  • Static charges
  • Types of circuit
  • Current
  • PD
  • Resistance
  • Magnets- induced versus permanent
  • Magnetic field

Term 6

End of year test based on all taught knowledge from the year.


  • Solar System
  • Star formation
  • Universe
  • Atmosphere
  • Rocketry
































Areas studied in Year 8:

Term 1

Community level systems

  • Ecosystems
  • Pyramids of biomass/numbers
  • Competition
  • Interdependence
  • The carbon cycle
  • The water cycle
  • The nitrogen cycle

Predicting and identifying reactions and products

  • Group 1
  • Group 7
  • Group 0
  • Reactivity series
  • Displacement reactions

Term 2

Waves and radioactivity

  • Types of wave- mechanical, electromagnetic
  • Properties of wave- travel through
  • Wave equation
  • EMS
  • Uses and dangers of EMS

Interaction between systems

  • Continuous variation
  • Discontinuous variation
  • Natural selection
  • Evolution and adaptation
  • Classification systems- artificial versus natural

Term 3

Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions

  • Rates of reaction- temperature
  • Surface area reactions
  • Concentration reactions
  • Reversible reactions

Term 4


  • Energy stores and transfers
  • Conservation of energy
  • Gravitational potential energy
  • Efficiency
  • Insulation

Global challenges- Biology

  • Sampling techniques- pooter, catch and release
  • Sampling techniques- using quadrats, belt transects
  • Biodiversity
  • Selective breeding
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Spread of disease and prevention
  • Body defence systems
  • Vaccinations

Term 5

Global challenges- Chemistry

  • Extraction of metals
  • Recycling
  • Fractional distillation of crude oil
  • Formation of the atmosphere
  • Climate change
  • Purification of water

Global challenges- Physics

  • Speed measurement
  • Reaction and thinking time
  • Energy sources
  • Using resources
  • National grid

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson


Key stage 3 / 4-  Year 9 transition to GCSE

Students’ will complete a transition year into OCR gateway GCSE science. Students will student the introduction units from the GCSE course in order to build the foundation of knowledge needed to study the deeper ideas and concepts of the GCSE specification.

The tests are set out as follows:

  • Section A- Recall of knowledge learnt over the chapter.
  • Section B- Recall of knowledge previous taught over previous chapters. Section B will become easier as knowledge is constantly being recalled over future topics to build recall ability in the students.

The topics which will be taught in year 9 are below.


Start date

Year 9

Term 1


Term 2

Cell level systems
Elements, compounds and mixtures.

Term 3

Scaling up

Term 4

Chemical reactions

Term 5

Electricity and magnetism

Term 6

End of year test















Key Stage 4 Science

"You learn things much more deeply than in lower school, you start to feel like you really understand science."  Emily - Year 11.

Pupils start their GCSEs in years 10 and 11 with all examinations are sat at the end of year 11.

The exam specification studied is OCR Gateway combined science 9-1.

Pupils take Combined Science course are assessed through 100% exams, which includes the understanding of practical skills. Each specialism is separated into 7 units which are studied and assessed with paper 1 exams including units 1, 2, 3 and 7, whilst paper two is based on all knowledge learnt for the specialism i.e units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 (main units in bold).

Combined Science is worth two GCSE qualifications and culminates in 6 exams at the end of year 11. There are two biology, two chemistry and two physics examinations. Each exam is worth 60 marks and lasts 1 hour and 10 minutes. All of the exams are equally weighted (16.7% each) and the scores from all six papers is used to determine the final grade awarded.

Information relating to the specific content of the course can be found in the specification links below.

Combined science: CLICK HERE 

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie

Key Stage 5 Science

"You really start to build your practical skills and you can see how what you’re doing in your experiments helps scientists in the real world."  Emma - Year 12.

Course: Btec Forensics Investigation

Learners will cover topics such as:

  • Unit 1: Principles and Applications of Science I
  • Unit 2: Practical Scientific Procedures and Techniques
  • Unit 3: Science Investigation Skills
  • Unit 4: Forensic Investigation Procedures in Practice.
  • Unit 8: Physiology of human body systems
  • Unit 9: Environmental Forensics

Assessment methods:

59% internally assessed content and 41% externally assessed content (total 2.5 hours of exams).

Entry requirements:

Minimum level 5 in Combined Science. Minimum Level 5 in Maths and level 4 in English.

Progression and career opportunities:

This qualification is supported by a range of universities and taken alongside other qualifications it can fulfil the entry requirements for a number of science-related higher education courses, including biomedical, forensic and sports science, as well as nursing and midwifery. In addition, the qualification is eligible for UCAS points.

Link for specification and further course information: CLICK HERE