Ms Seymour

Course Information

Students follow the Smart Science KS3 Science course in Year 7 and Year 8, before commencing GCSE courses in Year 9.  The Schemes of Work are designed to fully prepare and support every student on their journey through KS3 to KS4.

Year 7, 8 and 9 science is taught in science laboratories by science specialist teaching staff. Support is provided by laboratory technicians and teaching assistants where appropriate. Students are timetabled for 6 science lessons per fortnight and are taught in house groups in Y7 and Y8. Students are taught in ability sets in Y9.

Course Content

Year 7 Course Content

Course Content
Year 8Year 8 will be taught 9 Units, 3 each in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. They study the following topics: mixtures, the Earth, atoms, using forces, energy, light and sound, plants and ecosystems, respiration and digestion
Year 9In Year 9 student continue with the KS3 curriculum and study topic such as , inheritance and chemical reactions at the start of the year. Y9 will then follow the GCSE Edexcel syllabus for the remainder of the academic year. They all follow the same content through this year. The process of deciding if students will enter the separate science or combined science pathway, start during Year 9. The topics covered for the GCSE in Y9 are: Key Biological Concepts, States of Matter, Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances, Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table and Forces and Motion

Extra Curricular Opportunities

KS3 students can join the Science STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Club and work towards a gold, silver and bronze CREST award. Students in STEM club will have the opportunity to work on science projects outside the curriculum.   Astronomy club will start to run this year, giving student the opportunity to develop their knowledge and find the Anthony Gell star.

There are also a range of Science lunchtime activities to be involved in the National Science and Engineering week.


All year 7, 8 and 9 students will have regular end of unit tests at the of each unit. Students will be set a science homework once per half term.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the science curriculum please email for more information.