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.
- 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.
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.
- Breathing and digestion
- Plant reproduction
- Human reproduction
- Particle model
- Periodic table
- Separating mixtures
- Metals and non-metals
- Chemical energy
- Types of reactions
- Acids and alkalis
- The earth
- Earth resources
- Contact forces
- Voltage and resistance
- Energy costs
- Energy transfers
- Heating and cooling
- Wave effects
- Wave properties
Key Stage 4
Key stage 4 follow either OCR Entry Level or OCR GCSE combined science A Gateway (9-1).
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.
- 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 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.
- Dead or alive (cells)
- Babies (reproduction)
- Control systems
- Fooling your senses
- Gasping for breath
- You can only have one life – look after it
- Body wars
- Creepy crawlies
- My genes
- Food factory
- Physical or chemical change
- Acids and alkalis
- Everything in its place
- Clear air and water
- Novel materials
- Sorting out
- Lets get together
- Heavy metal
- Are you overreacting
- How fast? How slow?
- CSI plus
- 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:
KS2 – www.gov.uk
KS3 – www.aqa.org.uk
KS4 – www.ocr.org.uk