Science Curriculum Intent

Science provides us with the ability to make sense of all that surrounds us, preparing us for life beyond the classroom. Studying science allows us to develop our thinking skills, improves our ability to solve problems and can opens doors to many other disciplines. At Hebburn Comprehensive, our science curriculum covers the three fundamental discipline – Biology, Chemistry and Physics, giving our pupils the skills and knowledge to understand the world around them.

Key Stage 3 

At KS3 we follow the National Curriculum, drawing on the experience of our department and resources from the wider teaching community to develop a bespoke Scheme of Learning tailored to meet the needs of our young scientists. The course is designed to ignite enthusiasm, create awe and wonder, and build solid foundations to allow a seamless transition into the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4 

Promoting enthusiasm and engagement regardless of the route post 16, is a priority for us in science. We want to encourage our future doctors and engineers are much as we want to instil a lifelong interest in the world around for our pupils who chose a different path when they leave us.  

At KS4 we follow the Edexcel specifications Edexcel GCSE Sciences (2016) | Pearson qualifications 

Set 1 & 2 study GCSE double award (higher tier) with the opportunity for many of them to move on to the GCSE triple award (GCSE Biology – 1BI0, GCSE Chemistry – 1CH0 and GCSE Physics – 1PH0) in the summer of year 10. 

Set 3 – 7 study GCSE double award (GCSE Combined Science – 1SC0) with some pupils in set 7 following the Entry Level Certificate (NSC0) alongside the GCSE.  

Both the double and the single award routes allow pupils to develop their scientific understanding within each specialism, focusing on working scientifically, developing their maths skills and provides many opportunities to work practically.  

Year 7

(Modules, Topics)

Term 1

Introducing Science

Chemistry – Particles

Physics – Forces

Biology – Cells

Red Cross first aid

Term 2

Physics – Solar system and beyond

Chemistry – Rocks and Earth’s structure

Physics – Light Biology – Movement and transport

Red Cross first aid

Term 3

Chemistry – separating mixtures

Physics – heating and cooling

Biology – Reproduction Physics – circuits

Red Cross first aid

Year 8

(Modules, Topics)

Term 1

Introduction to Science

Physics – Heating and cooling

Biology – Movement & transport

Chemistry – Atoms, elements and compound

Term 2

Physics – Circuits Biology – Gas exchange and respiration

Chemistry – Earth structure and rocks

Physics – Light and sound

Term 3

Chemistry – Acids and alkalis

Physics – Floating and sinking

Biology – Health and disease Physics – Moving by force

Year 9

(Modules, Topics)

Cycle 1

Biology – Health & disease

Chemistry – Acids and alkalis

Physics – Moving by force

Chemistry – Reactions of metals and non-metals

Cycle 2

Physics – More about forces (magnets/electromagnets)

Chemistry – Types of reaction Biology – Digestion and enzymes

Physics – Chemical energy & energy stores/transfer

Cycle 3

Biology – Genetics and evolution

Chemistry – The atmosphere and climate change

Biology – Ecology Chemistry – Earth’s resources

Year 10

(Modules, Topics) 

Term 1

Edexcel GCSE Combined Science

10He/Br/Ag/Cu/Fe/Pb/Na:

Biology: 

SB1 Key concepts in Biology 

Chemistry: 

SC1 States 

SC2 Mixtures 

SC5-7 Bonding  

Physics: 

SP1 Motion 

SP2 Motion and forces 

SP4 Waves (partial) 

ENTRY ASSESSMENT 

Term 2

Edexcel GCSE Combined Science

10He/Br/Ag/Cu/Fe/Pb/Na:

Biology: 

SB2 Cells and control 

SB3 Genetics 

Chemistry: 

SC8 Acids and alkalis 

SC9 Maths 

SC10 Electrolysis 

Physics: 

SP4 Waves (partial) 

SP5 Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum 

SP6 Radioactivity 

Term 3

Edexcel GCSE Combined Science

10He/Br/Ag/Cu/Fe/Pb/Na: 

Biology: 

SB4 Natural selection and genetic modification  

SB5 Health, disease and the development of medicine 

Chemistry: 

SC11 Reactivity 

SC12 Equilibrium 

SC13 Transition metals and alloys   

Physics: 

SP8 Energy – Forces doing work 

SP9 Forces and their effects 

SP10 Electricity and circuits 

 

PAPER 1 MOCK 

Year 11
(Modules, Topics)

Term 1

Edexcel GCSE Triple award 11He: 

Biology: 

All paper 1 content from Edexcel missed whilst working on AQA spec. 

SB3 Genetics 

SB4 Natural selection and genetic modification 

Chemistry: 

All paper 1 content from Edexcel missed whilst working on AQA spec. 

SC1/SC2 states and mixtures  

SC8d neutralisation 

SC8g solubility  

SC14d titration 

SC11d LCA / recycling 

SC13b corrosion 

SC13d alloys 

SC12a equilibrium  

Physics: 

Revise SP1-SP6 

SP6 Radioactivity (Triple content) 

PAPER 1 MOCKS 

Term 2

Edexcel GCSE Triple award 11He: 

Biology: 

SB8 Exchange and transport in animals 

SB9 Ecosystems and material cycles 

Chemistry: 

SC18 rates 

SC23/24 alcohol / carboxylic acids / polymers 

SC25/26 chemical analysis / bulk surface properties 

Revision  

Physics: 

SP7 Astronomy (Triple content) 

SP11 Static Electricity 

SP12 Magnetism and the motor effect 

Triple content from various units 

Revision  

PAPER 2 MOCKS  

Term 3

Edexcel GCSE Triple award 11He: 

Biology: 

Revision  

Chemistry: 

Revision  

Physics: 

Revision 

Triple content from various units 

FINAL EXAMS   

Term 1

Edexcel GCSE Combined Science 

11Br/Ag/Cu/Fe/Pb/Na  

Biology: 

All paper 1 content from Edexcel missed whilst working on AQA spec. 

SB3 Genetics 

SB4 Natural selection and genetic modification 

Chemistry: 

All paper 1 content from Edexcel missed whilst working on AQA spec. 

SC1/SC2 states and mixtures  

SC8d neutralisation 

SC8g solubility  

SC11d LCA / recycling 

SC13b corrosion 

SC13d alloys 

SC12a equilibrium  

Physics: 

Revise SP1-SP6 

PAPER 1 MOCKS  

Term 2

Edexcel GCSE Combined Science

11Br/Ag/Cu/Fe/Pb/Na 

Biology: 

SB8 Exchange and transport in animals 

SB9 Ecosystems and material cycles 

Chemistry: 

SC18 rates  

Revision 

Physics: 

SP7 Astronomy (Triple content) 

SP11 Static Electricity 

SP12 Magnetism and the motor effect 

Revision  

PAPER 2 MOCKS  

Term 3

Edexcel GCSE Combined Science

11Br/Ag/Cu/Fe/Pb/Na 

Biology: 

Revision 

Chemistry: 

Revision  

Physics: 

Revision  

FINAL EXAMS   

We have developed our assessment model to ensure we can address gaps in learning and identify misconceptions in a timely fashion. Each unit of work has formative assessment built into every lesson allowing pupils to reflect on their learning and to develop their understanding. A levelled written task and a summative end of topic test is used to inform future planning and to tailor a programme of ‘feedforward’ allowing pupils to address areas of weakness.  

Key Stage 3

In Y7 pupils arrive with varying background experiences in science. Therefore, we issue all pupils with a baseline data assessment within the first two weeks. The data from this allows us to plan our curriculum to ensure that by the end of Y7, all pupils have the skills and the knowledge to progress.  

Each term our pupils in key stage 3 will complete a summative assessment in each topic they study (3 or 4 each term). At the end of the academic year, pupils sit a formal assessment as a review of the entire year. 

Key Stage 4

As pupils move through the GCSE course, they complete at least 1 summative assessment in each topic they study, these topics vary in length so pupils may be assessed several times in a larger topic.  

At the end of year 10, pupils will sit a mock exam to assess progress across paper 1. This graded in line with the national agreed boundaries from Edexcel. 

In year 11, pupils will sit a further paper 1 mock exam in November and a paper 2 mock exam in February. These are again graded in line with the nationally agreed boundaries from Edexcel. 

Biology  

Biologists are scientists who study living organisms. With degree-level or equivalent qualifications, biologists can work in many fields, including the biotechnology industry, food technology, medical research, education, agriculture, and conservation. There are also openings for laboratory assistants and technicians. 

Biologists can work in the pharmaceutical industry developing and testing new drugs. Biologists investigate the effects of a disease on the body and how the body responds.  

Breweries, dairies, large food-processing and retailing firms all recruit biologists at both technician and graduate level. Food processing has become more and more complex, and new techniques are being developed all the time. Biologists can work in agrochemical and fertiliser industry finding ways to protect crops from pests and disease, and to improve yields. Government-funded research establishments employ biologists at all levels. For example, Defra (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), the Food Standards Agency, Forensic Science Service and Forest Research, part of the Forestry Commission.
 

Environmental consultancy offers graduates of biological sciences the opportunity to work for clients on issues such as water pollution, waste management, ecological management, land contamination and emission monitoring 

The NHS offer many opportunities for biologists include working in a hospital medical laboratory in an area such as: 

  • immunology – studying the defence mechanisms of the body 
  • histopathology – the study of tissue samples 
  • haematology – the study of blood. 

A biological scientist needs: 

  • a high standard of numeracy and problem-solving skills 
  • good powers of observation 
  • a careful approach to practical work and accuracy when recording/reading results 
  • patience and persistence 
  • curiosity and an interest in living things! 

Chemistry 

Chemistry is about what substances are made of, how they interact and how they affect our lives. Chemists can work in many areas – industry, the community, medicine, or education. Most opportunities require degree-level qualifications, but it is possible to enter some career areas with lower-level qualifications. 

The results of work done by chemists are all around us. Detergents, plastics, packaging, the materials our clothes are made of, petrol, paints… these are just a few examples of the everyday products we use without giving much thought for the chemists involved in their development. Chemists also work on environmental issues and are at the forefront of creating new medicines. As scientific knowledge is constantly changing, chemists must keep up to date through continuing professional development.

Chemistry is a challenging and exciting career for those who: 

  • can work in a team 
  • can communicate well with people from a range of professional backgrounds 
  • think logically 
  • are creative 
  • have analytical skills 
  • are persistent and can pay attention to detail. 

Physics  

An understanding of physics helps us to work out how and why things behave as they do and is vital to developments in the modern world. Most opportunities require study to degree level, or beyond, but there are some technician-level jobs for those with qualifications at a lower level. 

From space science to nanophysics, from medical treatments to mobile phones, physics makes an impact on virtually every area of our lives. Studying physics offers a challenging but rewarding route to understanding the universe.

When looking at problems or new developments, physicists normally work closely with scientists from other disciplines, and with engineers. Physicists may work for very small companies or for large multi-national organisations.

A physicist’s work may involve: 

  • developing theories 
  • devising models and simulations 
  • organising and conducting tests and experiments 
  • writing up observations and findings in reports or scientific papers 
  • presenting findings at meetings and conferences.