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A curriculum based on the national programmes of study preparing learners for accreditation at GCSE level in KS4.



A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the study of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world's future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural events. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is happening, predict how things will behave, and study causes.

Tailor made projects occur throughout each of the KS3 years with an emphasis on learning objectives through more practically based project work.

Projects so far:

  • Best bubbles
  • Sky rockets
  • Super cars
  • Life in a wild area

Key Stage 2 and Nurture

Pupils in KS2 classes will study a broad project based curriculum covering many of the national framework areas through a revision based approach.

Pupils in the Nurture groups will study through a similar approach, though covering some of the KS2 content and some of the early KS3 content. This will aim to accommodate attendance issues prior to attending Sky College.

Both groups will follow science work differentiated to individual need.

Key Stage 3

  Year 7   Year 8   Year 9
Organisms, their behaviour and the environment
(AT 2 - Biology)
7A Tissues and transplants
7B Sex and science
7C Ecology matters
7D Classified
8A Food, glorious food!
8B Going for gold
8C Doctors and diseases
8D The way of the dodo
9A Science and fiction
9B A model career
9C On the farm
9D Crime scene investigations
Materials, their properties and the Earth
(AT 3 - Chemistry)
7E Acids and alkalis
7F Bubbles, bangs and burning
7G What a waste!
7H Materials from the Earth
8E In the drink
8F Materials and recycling
8G All that glitters
8H Explaining the Earth
9E Design and build
9F Sculpture park
9G Clear the air
9H Flying materials
Energy, forces and space
(AT 4 - Physics)
7I Energy and sustainable living
7J Electrical circuits
7K Forces and their effects
7L The Solar System and beyond
8I Heat transfers
8J On the move
8K Light fantastic
8L Sound and hearing
9I Energy and electricity
9J Satellites and space
9K Record breakers
9L Dam it!
AT 1 (investigations) is covered through all three of the other areas

Key Stage 4

The GCSE course introduction begins in year 9 with skills development through practical investigations.

Throughout the course a variety of learning activities are used to support and enhance attainment; such as use of models and analogies, diagrams, videos, practical activities, teacher demonstrations, literacy and numeracy skills are part and parcel of science so individual reading and writing is also essential.

GCSE Science B identifies the activities and experiences students will come across in everyday life, and links these to scientific ideas and their implications for society. It provides the opportunity to acquire the scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for life as a citizen.

 OCR Gateway B Core Science GCSE
 Studied in Year  10  Studied in Year  11 
 B1 Understanding organisms  B2 Understanding our environment
 a Fitness and health  a Classification
 b Human health and diet  b Energy flow
 c Staying healthy  c Recycling
 d The nervous system  d Interdependence
 e Drugs and you  e Adaptations
 f Staying in balance  f Natural selection
 g Controlling plant growth  g Population and pollution 
 h Variation and inheritance  h Sustainability 
 C1 Carbon chemistry  C2 Chemical resources
 a Making crude oil useful  a The structure of the Earth
 b Using carbon fuels  b Construction materials
 c Clean air  c Metals and alloys
 d Making polymers  d Making cars
 e Designer polymers  e Manufacturing chemicals: making ammonia
 f Cooking and food additives  f Acids and bases 
 g Smells  g Fertilisers and crop yields
 h Paints and pigments   h Chemicals from the sea: the chemistry of sodium chloride
 P1 Energy for the home  P2 Living for the future (energy resources)
 a Heating houses  a Collecting energy from the Sun
 b Keeping homes warm  b Generating electricity
 c A spectrum of waves  c Global warming
 d Light and lasers  d Fuels for power
 e Cooking and communicating using waves  e Nuclear radiations
 f Data transmission  f Exploring our Solar System 
 g Wireless signals  g Threats to Earth 
 h Stable Earth  h The Big Bang