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Science  - Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) 

Science at Key Stage 3 places an emphasis on the process of scientific enquiry as well as accumulation of knowledge. Students receive three hours of science per week and are taught in ability bands 

The course followed by students is the scheme published by Oxford called Activate. 

The course helps the students to:  

  • Develop understanding of scientific ideas 
  • Work out scientific ideas for themselves by using results from investigations 
  • See how science is used in everyday life 
  • Think about how science can be used for benefit of mankind. 

The course is divided into modules covering aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Environmental Science as follows: 

Year 7 

Year 8 


Health and Lifestyle 

Structure and Function of Body Systems 

Ecosystem Processes 


Adaptation and Inheritance 

Particles and their Behaviour 

The Periodic Table 

Elements, Atoms, and Compounds 

Separation Techniques 


Metals and Acids 

Acids and Alkalis 

The Earth 


Electricity and Magnetism 




Motion and Pressure 






Science - Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

The Science Department

The Science Department on Barnwell’s Upper School site has five teaching labs as well as a dedicated computer room. The teaching staff and technicians are committed to making giving the students the knowledge as well as the practical experiences they will need to succeed in the new GCSE exams.


Students will either follow the

  • Separate Science/Triple Science route, leading to three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Trilogy, leading to two GCSEs in Core Science and Additional Science.

All year 11 students will sit the AQA 9-1 exams in the summer term.  Whether they study Triple Science or Trilogy (Combined Science double award) will take account of their abilities, progress made during Key Stage 3 and personal preference and students will be invited to apply for Triple Science in the Spring term of year 9 based on their passion and aptitude for the subject.

The new linear courses no longer have a controlled assessment element but are examined after three years of study.  Each of the scientific disciplines does have a number of required practical elements set by the examining body and there is a high likelihood that exam questions will include elements of these practical's.  The Science department will offer additional support to students to help them succeed on the course.  Support is also offered in year 11 for the new, more challenging, maths element of the course.

An approximate outline of the course is given below:





Year 9

Cell structure and transport

Cell division

Digestive system

Organisation in plants and animals


Periodic table

Structure and bonding

Chemical calculations

Chemical changes

Conservation and dissipation of energy

Energy transfer by heating

Energy resources

Electrical circuits

Year 10




Nervous system



Variation and evolution


Energy changes

Rates and equilibrium

Crude oil and fuels

Organic reactions


Electricity in the home

Molecules and matter


Forces in balance motion

Force and pressure

Wave properties

Year 11





Chemical analysis

Earth’s atmosphere

Earth’s resources

Using Earth’s resources

Electromagnetic waves




Italics indicate Triple Science only           

Lessons :

Double award students will have nine lessons per fortnight in year nine and twelve lessons in both years ten and eleven.  Triple award students will have six lessons for each subject per fortnight in years 10 and eleven. 

Exams :

Students will be assessed throughout the course and in addition to this year 9 will sit an end of year exam in May whilst year 10 students sit theirs in June.  In November and March of year 11 students will sit full mock examination, one each for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each of these exams will consist of questions taken from previous AQA exam papers. Revision guides may be purchased through the school at a reduced cost and at various times during the year.

All students conclude the course with two examinations in Biology, two in Chemistry and two in Physics.  These examinations are 1 hour and 15 minutes for Double award students and 1 hour 45 minutes for Triple award students due to the additional content studied.


Revision Activities:

  • Find revision films on YouTube or make your own
  • Summarise your class notes
  • Make revision flash cards
  • Create a colourful mindmap
  • Create a film on Moviemaker
  • MP3 your work to make a revision tape
  • Create a word search/crossword/cloze test and swap with a friend
  • Familiarise yourself with the language used in exam questions
  • Key words sheet – really important in science as there are a lot!
  • Read newspapers and find articles relating to topics you have studied
  • Write out past paper questions and swap with a friend
  • Read the examiners reports – these are on the OCR website
  • Download the specification for your exam (link below) - check you know it

Online revision resources

Other resources




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