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

Course Content
Year 7Year 7 will be taught 9 Units, 3 each in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. They study the following topics: Living systems, The particulate nature of matter, Forces and motion, Diet and health, Atoms, elements and compounds, Levers, moments and pressure, Genetics and evolution, Reactions and Electricity and electro-magnetism
Year 8Year 8 Year 8 will be taught 9 Units, 3 each in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. They study the following topics: The living world The chemistry of life Transferring energy The creation of life Products for the new world Light and sound The world around us Our planet The Universe
Year 9For the Autumn term and the first two weeks of the Easter term, Y9 are taught a Biology, Chemistry and Physics module that has been designed to help bridge into the new GCSE curriculum. The modules will recap on some of the material taught in Y7 and Y8 and will introduce some of the GCSE concepts. Y9 will then follow the GCSE Edexcel syllabus for the rest of the academic year. Y9 students will all follow the same content through this time period to allow for setting changes for the start of year 10. The topics covered for the GCSE in Y9 are: Key Biological Concepts, Cells and Control, 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.