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 “The important thing is to never stop questioning”

Albert Einstein

Head of Science: Ms S Parry

Head of Subject (Chemistry): Mr Annan

Head of Subject (Physics): Ms. Sabur 

Key Stage 3


At Borough, our Science curriculum is based on Harlen’s ‘Big Ideas of Science’. We have worked closely with schools across the Trust to build a curriculum which builds our students’ knowledge over time, revisiting the ‘Big Ideas’ on a regular basis to deepen the depth and breadth of their understanding.

Content Covered at KS3:

Year 7 – in line with the new Big Ideas curriculum 





Term 1 

Unit 1 – Living Things & Cells 

Unit 1 – Matter & Particles 

Unit 1 - Forces 

Term 2 

Unit 2 – Healthy Diet 

Unit 2 – Mixtures & Solutions 

Unit 2 – Floating, Sinking & Density 

Term 3 


Unit 3 – Elements & Compounds 

Unit 3 - Energy 

Term 4 

Unit 3 – Supplying Cells 

Unit 4 – Chemical Reactions 

Unit 4 - Sound 

Term 5 

Unit 4 – Heredity & the Human Life Cycle 

Unit 5 – Acids & Bases 


Term 6  

Unit 5 – Plant Nutrition 
Unit 6 - Interdependence 


Unit 5 - Light 


Year 8 – currently in line with Activate scheme of work 





Term 1 

Chapter 1 Health and Lifestyle 

Chapter 1 The Periodic Table 

Chapter 1 Forces 

Term 2 

Chapter 1 Health and lifestyle continued 

Chapter 1 The Periodic Table continued 

Chapter 1 Forces continued  

Term 3 

Chapter 2 Ecosystem processes 

Chapter 2 Separation Techniques 

Chapter 2 Electricity and Magnetism  

Term 4 

Chapter 3 Adaptation and Inheritance  

The Periodic Table and Separation Techniques  

Electricity and Magnetism continued 

Term 5 

Chapter 3 Adaptation and inheritance 

Chapter 3 Metals and Acids 

Chapter 3 Motion and Pressure 



Chapter 4 The Earth 

Chapter 3 Motion and Pressure continued 


Turning points in Biology unit 

Turning points in Chemistry unit 

Turning points in Physics unit 


End of Year 8 Biology Assessment 

End of Year 8 Chemistry Assessment 

End of Year 8 Physics Assessment 


 Year 9 – in line with the new Big Ideas curriculum 





Term 1 

B1 Cells & Enzyme Action 

C1 Atomic Structure 

P1 Changes of State & Temperature 

Term 2 

B2 Exchange & Transport in Animals 

C2 Groups of the Periodic Table 

P2 Density & Pressure 

Term 3 

C3 Introduction to Chemistry Calculations 

P3 Forces & Their Effects 

Term 4 

B3 Plant Structures & Their Functions 

C4 The Atmosphere 

P4 Measuring Motion 

Term 5 

B4 Pathogens 

C5 Introduction to Rates of Reaction 

P5 Energy of Moving Objects 

Term 6 

B5 Ecosystems & Adaptations 

C6 Metallic Bonding 

P6 Electromagnetic Spectrum 

Textbooks: GCSE

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biology Student Book (Edexcel (9-1) GCSE Science 2016) (ISBN: 978-1292120201) 

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Chemistry Student Book (Edexcel (9-1) GCSE Science 2016) (ISBN: 978-1292120218) 

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physics Student Book (Edexcel (9-1) GCSE Science 2016) (ISBN: 978-1292120225) 


Key Stage 4


The suite of GCSE sciences comprises of different specifications, which utilise common material and use a similar style of examination questions.  The different specifications are GCSE Combined Science and GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. 

Candidates taking either the GCSE combined trilogy or the GCSE Separates route, will have the experience necessary to progress to appropriate Level 3 qualifications. 

Edexcel Combined Science

The students following this route will receive two GCSEs. The subject content and required practicals in this specification are also in the GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This means we have the flexibility to co-teach and to move the students between courses. 

Edexcel GCSE Separates (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics

The students following this route will receive three GCSE’s.

The Edexcel GCSE Specifications can be found here:


Required Practicals

There are a number of required practicals over the three disciplines which will be tested on in the GCSE examinations. More information on required practicals can be found in the specifications.

Maths Skills

Maths skills are now included in the assessment of all GCSE science qualifications. A minimum percentage of marks must be allocated to assessing mathematical skills at an appropriate level of difficulty, in line with new rules and guidance from the Department for Education.


All students sit 6 exam papers at the end of Year 11 – 2 x Biology, 2 x Chemistry and 2 x Physics

Year 10




B4 Natural Selection 

C2 States of Matter 

P5 Light and EM Spectrum 

B5 Health and Disease 

C3 Chemical changes 

P6 Radioactivity 

B6 Plant Structure and Functions 

T4 Extracting metals and equilibria 

T7 Astronomy 


T5 - Separate Chemistry 1 

P8 Energy and Forces doing Work 


T6 Groups in the periodic table 

P9 Forces and their Effects 


T7 Rates of Reaction and Energy changes 

P10 Electricity and Circuits 



T11 Static Electricity 



P12 Magnetism and the Motor Effect 




Year 11





B7 Animal Coordination 



T8 Fuels and Earth Science 

P13 Electromagnetic Induction 

B8 Exchange and Transport in Animals 

T9 Separate Chemistry 2 

P14 Particle Model 

B9 Ecosystems and Material Cycles 


P15 Forces and Matter 





Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Biology Student Book (Edexcel (9-1) GCSE Science 2016) (ISBN: 978-1292120201)

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Chemistry Student Book (Edexcel (9-1) GCSE Science 2016) (ISBN: 978-1292120218)

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Physics Student Book (Edexcel (9-1) GCSE Science 2016) (ISBN: 978-1292120225)


Please click here for KS3-4 Learning Journey for Biology

Please click here for KS3-4 Learning Journey for Chemistry

Please click here for KS3-4 Learning Journey for Physics 


Much of the home learning pupils undertake is to revise and consolidate key knowledge for each subject discipline. Our online learning platforms are designed to support pupils with specific gaps in their knowledge. 

 At Key Stage 3, pupils receive regular homework using our Tassomai platform. At Key Stage 4, pupils receive regular homework using our Carousel Learning platform. 

At Key Stage 4 we also set extended independent written examination practice. Pupils should be revising for a minimum of 90 minutes a week for Science from KS4.