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Science Curriculum 2020/21

KS3 Year 7


Introduction to Science.

Organism 1: Cells and microscopy.

Matter 1: Particles.

Forces 1:  Introduction to forces.


Matter 2: Periodic Table.

Energy 1: Introduction to energy.

Electromagnets 1: Electrical circuits.

Genes 1: Variation and reproduction.


Reactions 1: Acids and alkalis.

Ecosystems 1: Ecology.

Waves 1: Sound energy.

Space 1: Introduction to Space.

Earth 1: Introduction to Earth.

KS3 Year 8


Genes 1: Variation and reproduction.

Electromagnets 1: Electrical circuits.

Reactions 1: Acids and alkalis.

Organisms 2: Breathing and respiration.

Forces 2: Speed, pressure and density.


Energy 2: Thermal energy and its transfer.

Organisms 3: Digestion.

Reactions 2: Changes of state and chemical reactions.

Genes 2: Evolution and natural selection.

Electromagnets 3: Static electricity.


Ecosystems 2: Photosynthesis.

Waves 2: Light energy.

Electromagnets 2: Electromagnets.

Microbes: Introduction to pathogens.

KS4 Year 9


First half term is a review of key fundamental areas of KS3 that need to be consolidated or finished.

Cells 1: Pupils will study microscopy, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, Specialised cells, diffusion, osmosis and active transport.

Atoms: Atoms, chemical equations, revisit separating mixtures and application, history of the atom, Ions, isotopes. 

Energy Conservation: energy changes in a system.


Cells 2: Pupils will look at mitosis, cell cycle, revisit specialised cells.

Periodic table:  Study the development of the periodic table, organisation, patterns and trends of groups 1, 2, 7, 0 and transition metals.

Energy and Heat: Revisit KS3 knowledge on conduction, convection and radiation and extend to application in the real world.

Organisation 1: Digestive systems and explore factors affecting enzymes that extends upon KS3.

Structure and bonding: Study types of bonding such as covalent, large covalent molecules, ionic and metallic bonding.

Energy Resources: Explain ways to generate electricity and evaluate their use.


Structure and Bonding Part 2: Covalent

Organisation 2:  Circulator System

Electricity: Circuits and components.

Chemical changes: Chemical reactions.

Organisation 3: Plant tissues and organ systems.

KS4 Year 10


Radioactivity: Radioactive isotopes and decay.

Bioenergetics: Photosynthesis and respiration in plants and animals.

Quantitative: Mathematical applications in science.

Electricity: Electrical circuits

Electricity at home: National grid and wiring a plug.



Electrolysis and energy: explaining the process of electrolysis

Homeostasis: controlling conditions within the body

Chemical Change: Fundamental chemical reactions

Reproduction and Variation: Types of reproduction, inheritance and genetics.

Evolution and Variation: Variation, Natural selection, selective breeding and generic engineering.


Forces: resultant forces, vectors, scalers, and centre of mass.

Rates of Reaction:  Explaining how the rate of a reaction can be changed.

Organic Chemistry: Hydrocarbons and fractional distillation.

KS4 Year 11


Homeostasis: controlling conditions within the body.

Ecology: Adaptations, Interdependence, competition, ecosystems and biodiversity.  

Waves: Waves properties and electromagnetic waves.

Electromagnets and Magnetism:  Magnetic fields of electric currents


Chemistry and the Atmosphere: The changing atmosphere, greenhouse gases, climate change and atmospheric pollutants.

Chemistry and Resources: Earth resources including water treatment, extraction of metals and recycling.

Address gaps from prior learning of paper 1.

Mock exams to inform prior gaps from paper 2.

Reteach gaps.