KS3 Science

Year 7 Science

Unit Title Brief Overview Of Unit
 Forces  Speed – how it can be described through calculation and graphically.Forces – building on from speed and extending to combine and balance forces.

Gravity – relating it to fields, the relationship between mass and weight, and the context of space travel.

 Electromagnets  Static electricity – the concept of charge and the idea of a field.

Circuits – linking concepts of current, voltage, and resistance in series and parallel circuits.

Energy  Energy costs – considering food as a personal energy store and then looking at energy being transferred, and at different rates, as well as the idea of using energy responsibly.

Energy transfers – considering different forms of energy and how they are transferred from one form to another within a system.

Waves  Sound – how sound travels through different mediums and within the ear.

Light – how light is transmitted through different materials and exploring reflection and refraction, as well as coloured light.

 Matter  Particle model – considering the different states of matter, how changes of state occur, and describing diffusion.

Separating mixtures – exploring solutions, filtration, distillation and chromatography.

 Reactions  Metals & Non-Metals – exploring the various physical and chemical properties. Highlighting displacement and oxidation reactions.

Acids & Alkalis – how they are measured and how neutralisation occurs.

 Earth  Earth Structure – looking at the rock cycle through the taxonomy of rocks and a process that links them.

Universe – observations and making sense of the Universe through models and considering long timescales and huge distances.

 Organisms  Movement – exploring the human skeleton through the bones, joints, and muscles.

Cells – describing the organisation of organisms from cells to organisms and understanding unicellular organisms.

 Ecosystems  Interdependence – exploring food webs and chains and the effects of toxins and imbalance.

Plant Reproduction – looking at different types of plant reproduction and how seeds are dispersed.

 Genes  Variation – learning about the variation between and within species, and the causes and types of variation.

Human Reproduction – looking at the human reproductive systems, including the menstrual cycle, and exploring how the foetus develops.

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Year 8 Science

Unit Title Brief Overview Of Unit
 Getting energy we need  Pupils will learn about the ways in which we generate the energy that we need to move through exploring the bones, joints, and muscles of the human body and then considering how the muscles get their energy and what happens when they do not get enough oxygen.
 Plants and Ecosystems  Pupils will learn about life processes in plants and relationships in ecosystems. They will explore why plants are so important to the survival of all living organisms and will learn about photosynthesis and also chemosynthesis. They will study the interdependence of organisms in ecosystems and how individuals affect, and are affected by, their environment.
 Physical changes  Pupils will learn about the particle model and its ability to explain different physical processes. They will apply the particle model to changes of state, thermal expansion, diffusion, density, concentration, and pressure. They will also expand their knowledge to learn about different colloids and how they behave.
 Chemical Changes  Pupils will learn about the characteristics of chemical change using models to reinforce the rearrangement of atoms during reactions. They will start to represent chemicals using formulae and write word equations for many reactions.
Exploring Forces  Pupils will learn about the fields that exist due to magnetism, electrostatic charge and gravity. They will also consider how to calculate pressure and the effect pressure has on the weather.
Magnetism and Electricity  Pupils will learn about magnets and electric currents considering, first, the history and development of ideas relating to magnetism, and then using the domain theory of magnetism to explain why some materials are magnetic. They will also look at circuits and link the ideas of current, voltage, and resistance in series and parallel circuits.
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Year 9 Science

Unit Title Brief Overview Of Unit
 Variation  Pupils will learn about the variation between and within species, the causes and types of variation, and the importance of biodiversity. They will learn how natural selection operates and that we artificially select features we favour in organism but this can upset the balance of nature. They will also explore the structure of chromosomes, genes and DNA and how these are inherited.
 Health and drugs  Pupils will learn about drugs and diseases and the ways they affect the body. Legal and illegal drugs are considered when exploring the physiological effects and the wider implications of drugs on society. The causes and spread of diseases are covered and they will learn about the immune responses in the body and how scientists have developed antibiotics and vaccinations.
 Useful Materials  Pupils will learn about how metals are obtained from Earth and the environmental impacts of mining. They will explore the reactivity series and explain how displacement reactions take place. They will also consider exothermic and endothermic changes and the idea of catalysts before learning about the structure, properties, and uses of new materials, including composites, polymers, and ceramics.
 Using our Earth Sustainably  Pupils will learn about the composition of Earth’s atmosphere, how it has evolved, and what caused it to change. They will learn how human activities can damage and limit the Earth’s resources, including the atmosphere and how these changes affect the Earth and the life on it. They will finish by looking at igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks, together with the rock cycle.
 Motion on Earth and in Space  Pupils will develop their ideas about forces and motion and explore equilibrium of forces in static and dynamic situations and what happens when forces are not in equilibrium. The concept of the gravitational field will be applied to the arrangement and movement of objects in the Solar System and they will consider the magnitude of space.
 Waves and Energy Transfer  Pupils will learn about and compare the properties of waves in water and light waves and how they transfer energy. They will learn about the reflection, refraction, and absorption of light by materials. They will go on to explore that energy can be stored in various ways and explain that it is transferred from one form of energy store to another when a chemical or physical change occurs.
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GCSE Science

GCSE Science Trilogy – AQA (Years 10 & 11)

Exam Information Biology Paper 1 and 2

Chemistry Paper 1 and 2

Physics Paper 1 and 2

Course Overview BIOLOGY

Topic 1 – Cell biology
Topic 2 – Photosynthesis
Topic 3 – Moving and Changing Materials
Topic 4 – Health Matters
Topic 5 – Coordination and Control
Topic 6 – Genetics
Topic 7 – Variation
Topic 8 – Ecology in action


Topic 1 – Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
Topic 2 – Structure, Bonding and the Properties of Matter
Topic 3 – Chemical Quantities and Calculations
Topic 4 – Chemical Changes
Topic 5 – Energy Changes
Topic 6 – The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change
Topic 7 – Hydrocarbons
Topic 8 – Chemical Analysis
Topic 9 – The Atmosphere
Topic 10 – Sustainable Development


Topic 1 – Energy
Topic 2 – Electricity
Topic 3 – Particle Model of Matter
Topic 4 – Atomic Structure
Topic 5 – Forces
Topic 6 – Waves
Topic 7 – Electromagnetism
Topic 8 – Space 

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AQA Exam Information

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