Key Stage 3


Exploring Science: Working Scientifically


Ultimately, Science is about understanding the world around us. Students learn to think for themselves, gathering and using evidence to explain their observations. Students develop skills in thinking for themselves, making predictions and explaining complex ideas in a logical and concise manner.

In Key Stage 3 all students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics topic for equal lengths of time, in rotation. Practical skills are developed throughout the course and a range of skills are incorporated into schemes of work, including use of apparatus, graph drawing and data interpretation.

How will I be assessed

  • Word sheets
  • Quick Quiz
  • Quick Check sheets
  • Summary Sheets
  • Progression Checks
  • Open-ended Assessment task
  • Working Scientifically 
  • End of unit test

What will I learn


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Working Scientifically Introduction

Cells, tissues,        organs and            systems 

Sexual                  Reproduction in    animals

Muscles and          Bones


Mixtures and        Separation

Acids and Alkalis

The Particle          model

Atom’s,                elements and        molecules





Food and              nutrition

Plants and their  reproduction

Breathing and      respiration


The Periodic          Table

Metals and their    uses



Energy Transfers

Genetics and          evolution

Forces and            motion

Force fields and      electromagnets



Skills and Knowledge

There are a variety of different sets of skills the students will develop such as:

  • Working Scientifically
  • Use of mathematics
  • Literacy and communication
  • Learning and thinking

Further Support

Key Stage 4


Edexcel iGCSE Single Science 


 The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • Learn about unifying patterns and themes in science and use them in new and changing situations
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of scientific facts, terminology, concepts, principles and practical techniques
  • Apply the principles and concepts of science, including those related to the applications of science, to different contexts
  • Evaluate scientific information, making judgements on the basis of this information
  • Appreciate the practical nature of science, developing experimental and investigative skills based on correct and safe laboratory techniques
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate data and experimental methods, drawing conclusions that are consistent with evidence from experimental activities 

How will I be assessed

Each paper is assessed through a 1-hour and 10-minute written examination paper set and marked by Pearson. The total number of marks is 60. A mixture of different question styles, including multiple-choice questions, short-answer questions, calculations and extended open-response questions. A calculator may be used in the examinations.

What will I learn

The Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Science (Single Award) comprises three externally assessed papers: • Paper 1 • Paper 2 • Paper 3.

Biology: Paper 1

1. The nature and variety of living organisms

2. Structures and functions in living organisms

3. Reproduction and inheritance

4. Ecology and the environment

5. Use of biological resources

Chemistry: Paper 2

1. Principles of chemistry

2. Inorganic chemistry

3. Physical chemistry

4. Organic chemistry

Physics: Paper 3

1. Forces and motion

2. Electricity

3. Waves

4. Energy resources and energy transfers

5. Solids, liquids and gases

6. Magnetism and electromagnetism

7. Radioactivity

Skills and Knowledge

  • Developing students’ practical skills
  • Analytical and logic skills by applying understanding of scientific concepts and principles to a range of situations
  • Problem solving
  • Select, organise and present relevant information clearly and logically using appropriate vocabulary, definitions and conventions

Further Support

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