Key stage 2

During years 1-6, pupils should be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills through teaching of the programme of study content.

Pupils in year 1 will cover topics:

  • Plants – common wild and garden plants, structure of plants.
  • Animals including humans – common animals (carnivore, herbivore and omnivore).
  • Everyday materials.
  • Seasonal changes.

Pupils in year 2 will cover topics:

  • Living things and their habitats – differences between living, dead and never been alive. Different habitats and food chains.
  • Plants – how seeds and bulbs grow.
  • Animals including humans – how offspring grow into adults, the importance of exercise and diet.
  • Uses of everyday materials.

Pupils in year 3 will cover topics:

  • Plants – different parts of plants, requirements for plants to life and growth and how water is transported in plants.
  • Animals including humans – nutrition, the skeleton and muscles.
  • Rocks
  • Light – reflection.
  • Forces and magnets.

Pupils in year 4 will cover topics:

  • Living things and their habitats – grouping living things.
  • Animals including humans – the digestive system.
  • States of matter.
  • Sound.
  • Electricity.

Pupils in year 5 will cover topics:

  • Living things and their habitats – different life cycles, reproduction in plants and animals.
  • Animals including humans – changes as humans develop.
  • Properties and changes of materials.
  • Earth and space.
  • Forces – gravity, levers and pulleys.

Pupils in year 6 will cover topics:

  • Living things and their habitats – classification.
  • Animals including humans – circulation and the impact of diets.
  • Evolution and inheritance.
  • Light – how light travels in straight lines.
  • Electricity – simple circuits.

Key Stage 3

Key stage 3 follow the AQA Science and cover a range of topics in biology, chemistry and physics.

Biology topics:

  • Movement
  • Cells
  • Breathing and digestion
  • Interdependence
  • Plant reproduction
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Variation
  • Human reproduction
  • Evolution
  • Inheritance

Chemistry topics:

  • Particle model
  • Periodic table
  • Separating mixtures
  • Elements
  • Metals and non-metals
  • Chemical energy
  • Types of reactions
  • Acids and alkalis
  • The earth
  • Climate
  • Earth resources

Physics topics:

  • Gravity
  • Speed
  • Contact forces
  • Pressure
  • Voltage and resistance
  • Current
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnets
  • Energy costs
  • Energy transfers
  • Work
  • Heating and cooling
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Wave effects
  • Wave properties

Key Stage 4

Key stage 4 follow either OCR Entry Level or OCR GCSE combined science A Gateway (9-1).

GCSE

The pupils are entered for the foundation tier where they can gain grades 5-5 to 1-1.

Content is split into 18 teaching topics B1-B6, C1-C6, P1-P6 and a practical activity skills topic CS7.

Topics:

  • B1 – Cells level systems
  • B2 – Scaling up
  • B3 – Organism level systems
  • B4 – Community level systems
  • B5 – Interaction between systems
  • B6 – Global challenges.
  • C1 – Particles
  • C2 – Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • C3 – Chemical reactions
  • C4 – Predicting and identifying reactions and products
  • C5 – Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions
  • C6 – Global challenges
  • P1 – Matter
  • P2 – Forces
  • P3 – Electricity and magnetism
  • P4 – Waves and radioactivity
  • P5 – Energy
  • P6 – Global challenges

The qualification is a linear one with 100% external assessment.

Entry Level

Entry level is specially designed to meet the need of those pupils in Key stage 4 for whom courses leading to a GCSE examination do not represent a realistic or appropriate goal. The entry level is assessed into a combination of end- of- item tasks, can -do -tasks and a practical task.  They are internally standardised by the centre and externally moderated by OCR.

Biology items:

  • Dead or alive (cells)
  • Babies (reproduction)
  • Control systems
  • Fooling your senses
  • Gasping for breath
  • Casualty
  • You can only have one life – look after it
  • Body wars
  • Creepy crawlies
  • Extinction
  • My genes
  • Food factory

Chemistry items:

  • Physical or chemical change
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Everything in its place
  • Clear air and water
  • Novel materials
  • Sorting out
  • Lets get together
  • Heavy metal
  • Fuels
  • Are you overreacting
  • How fast? How slow?
  • CSI plus

Physics items:

  • Getting the message
  • Full spectrum
  • Medical rays
  • Hot stuff
  • Alternative energy
  • Nuclear power
  • Our electricity supply
  • Attractive forces
  • Pushes and pulls
  • Driving along
  • Fly me to the moon
  • Final frontiers

End – of – item tests equate to 72% of the total.

Can- do – tasks 8% of the total.

Practical task 20% of the total.

All the science curriculums can be found at:

KS2www.gov.uk

KS3www.aqa.org.uk

KS4www.ocr.org.uk