Head of Science: Mrs Andreas

Aims and Objectives


In the Science department, we aim to instil wonder and respect for Brios Hashem, to provide an intellectual challenge which encourages pupils to be curious and inquisitive. To give pupils the confidence to engage with science in their everyday lives and to provide an insight into and experience of how science works.
Science is taught by teachers with many years teaching experience who have a love of Science and enjoy passing on their knowledge. It is taught using interactive activities and multimedia with enthusiasm and creativity. Understanding is encouraged through experimentation and investigation, discussion and brainstorming.
Key stage 3
The Curriculum
Throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7,8) pupils have two 50 minute lessons a week in combined Science which is a mixture of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The students are well grounded in the basic knowledge, understanding and skills of all areas with an emphasis on investigation by practical work to develop students’ practical ability.
The topics covered in Key Stage 3 are:


 Year 7




Year 8

       Introductory: variables and safety in the lab (apparatus names too).


       Organisms- Cells


       Variation looking at continuous and discontinuous variation


        Separation and mixtures

       Acids and Alkalis

       Matter- periodic table/chemical



·         Forces (speed/contact/balanced/unbalanced/ gravity)

·         Electrical circuits and safety



·         Ecosystems and Photosynthesis

·         Breathing and Respiration

·         Genes & variation


·         Rocks

·         Metals and Reactivity include combustion and thermal decomposition.

·         Include conservation of mass

·         Calculations simple formula mass (Mr) and look number of atoms in compounds.


·         Waves and Sound

·         Static electricity

·         Electromagnets

·         Motion and pressure

Scientific enquiry:

       Size of canopy of parachutes/friction

       Chromatograhy inks/dyes

       What acid indigestion tablet is best at neutralising stomach acid?

       Metals and acid

       Factors effecting the speed on a ramp.

       Combustion of candles in different sized beakers.


Scientific enquiry:

       Factors effecting the rate of photosynthesis.

       How does changing a metal tube affect the sound it makes?

       Pulse rate and exercise

       Reactivity of metals in acids.

       Investigate reflection of light in a mirror.


       Factors which affect the strength of an electromagnet


Year 9
· New technology
· Turning points in biology, chemistry and physics
Students are given weekly homework and an assessment on completing each unit approximately every 4-6 weeks. Year 7 and 8 have 30 minutes homework per lesson which increases to 45 minutes of homework per lesson in Year 9.
In addition each class is set a comprehensive assessment in the Winter, Spring  and the Summer term. In this way progress is monitored and feedback is given in order to help them achieve their maximum potential.
Key stage 4
The Curriculum
The Core Science GCSE syllabus commences at the beginning of the Spring term in Year 9 with the examination taken at the end of Year 11. Year 9 has 2 lessons, Year 10 and 11 have 3-4.
Most students follow the AQA Science syllabus, Code 8463.
Some students follow the AQA Entry Level Certificate Science Course.
  • There are six papers: two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics. Each paper will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
  • Each exam is 1 hour and 15 mins long. Consists of 70 marks and each is worth 16.7% of the GCSE.
  • Consists of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer and open response questions. The topics below refer to the examination board specification.
  • Biology Paper 1 assess topics 1-4; Chemistry paper 1 assess topics 8-12; Physics paper 1 assess topics 18-21
  • Biology paper 2 assess topics 5-7; Chemistry paper 2 assess topics 13-17; Physics paper 2 assess topics 22-24.

Biology paper 1:

Topics covered are:

1: Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

Chemistry paper 1:

Topics covered  are:

8. Atomic structure & periodic table.

9. Bonding structure & properties of matter.

10. Quantitative Chemistry.

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

Physics paper 1:

Topics covered are:

18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter.

21. Atomic structure.

Biology paper 2

Topics are:

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Chemistry paper 2:

13. The rate and extent of chemical change.

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources.

Physics paper 2:

22. Forces

23: Waves

24: Magnetism and electromagnetism

General Course Information:

  • There is a greater emphasis on application and maths skills questions in this course than the previous GCSE.
  • Students will need to learn and know how to use formulae (see attached sheet).
  • There are a minimum of 21 Required Practical’s which must be carried out and written up in Laboratory Books. 15% of the exams will draw on the knowledge and understanding that students have gained by carrying out these practical activities.

Why do practical work?

Practical work is at the heart of science – that’s why it is placed it at the heart of the Science GCSE specification.

There are three separate, but interconnected, reasons for doing practical work in schools.

1. To support and consolidate scientific concepts. Doing practical work enables students to make sense of new information and observations, and provides them with insights into the development of scientific thinking.

2.  To develop investigative skills. These transferable skills include:

  • devising and investigating testable questions
  • identifying and controlling variables
  • analysing, interpreting and evaluating data.

3.        To build and master practical skills such as:

  • using specialist equipment to take measurements
  • handling and manipulating equipment with confidence and fluency
  • recognising hazards and planning how to minimise risks. 
Key stage 5
Biology AS Level will appeal to those pupils who like solving problems within the context of planning and conducting investigations and will enjoy developing their scientific understanding of themselves and the world around them. The course is divided into three units and examined at the end of Year 12.
The topics covered in Key Stage 5 are:
Unit 1 Biology and Disease
· Causes of disease
· Enzymes and the digestive system
· Cells and movement in and out of them
· Lungs and lung disease
· The heart and heart disease
· Immunity
Unit 2 The variety of living organisms
· Variation
· DNA and meiosis
· Genetic diversity
· The variety of life
· The cell cycle
· Cellular organisation
· Exchange and transport
· Classification
· Evidence for relationships between organisms
· Adaptation and selection
· Biodiversity
We follow the AQA Biology AS syllabus. Unit 1 is examined by a written paper consisting of short answer questions, a short comprehension and a short structured essay. Unit 2 is examined by a written paper consisting of short answer questions and two longer questions involving data handling question and How Science Works. Unit 3 is a centre-assessed Practical Skills Assessment and an Investigative Skills Assessment exam.