Curriculum Overview – Year 7

Key stage three science at St. Bernard’s is designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the three disciplines in science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics in order to ignite a love of all science subjects and better prepare them for the triple science model used at Key Stage Four. Science in Year 7 starts with a short topic covering safety and investigative skills. Students will then be taught in specialisms by three subject specialists. Biology topics include our body, animal science and plant biology/ecology. Chemistry topics include ‘what’s the matter?’, ‘bubbles, bangs and burning’ and ‘the chemistry of cooking’. Physics topics include forces, space and energy.

Curriculum Overview – Year 8

Year 8 is the final part of the Key Stage 3 science curriculum and builds on the skills and knowledge students have learnt in Year 7 whilst aiming to continue to develop in students a passion for the subject. Biology topics include inheritance and evolution, healthy lifestyle and disease. Chemistry topics cover rates of reactions, plastics, separation techniques and chemistry in industry. In Physics, students will learn about waves, molecules of matter and electricity.

Curriculum Overview – Year 9

In Year 9, our scienctists begin their studies in line with the AQA triple science model, builiding on their knowledge, skills and understanding from Key Stage 3. Like in Year 7 and 8, students are taught in specialisms by subject specialists. Topics in Biology include infection and response, cell biology and then organisation. Chemistry topics are atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding structure and properties of matter and chemical changes. Physics topics focus on energy resources, electrical circuits, electricity in the home, molecules of matter and radioactivity.

Curriculum Overview – Year 10

Year 10 scientists continue their studies of the AQA triple science course. The first Biology topic is the second part of the organisation topic that was started in year 9, allowing students to revisit and build on their prior learning. Students then move onto bioenergetics and finish the year with a topic on ecology. Chemistry topics in Year 10 are electrolysis, quantitative chemistry and energy changes whilst in Physics, students study forces in motion and balance, energy stores and transfers.

Curriculum Overview – Year 11

In the final part of the AQA triple science course students will cover the following topics: in Biology students will be taught homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution. Chemistry content will cover chemistry of the atmosphere, using resource and chemical analysis. In Physics, students will conclude their studies with forces, motion and pressure, light and space. The objective is to finish the courses by the end of February to ensure that students have adequate time to revisit prior learning and ensure substantial examination practice so that they can go into their GCSE science exams feeling well prepared and confident.

Curriculum Leader

Miss R Leckey –

Teacher of Science

Mrs F Barber –

Mr I Cramphorn –

Miss L Moss –

Mrs S Morris –

Dr J Pope –

Dr M Shaw –