The Science Curriculum
We aim to offer students a broad, enriching curriculum that encourages their passion for science to flourish. By allowing our students to use their natural inquisitiveness to build their scientific understanding, we ensure they leave Temple Moor with a deep appreciation of the world around them, whereby they can eloquently explain scientific ideas and link them to their everyday lives.
Details about curriculum structure:
Our 7 year curriculum breaks down the key scientific knowledge into 8 key areas: atoms; reactions; materials; forces; energy; cells; diversity; and interdependence. Students study these areas each year as part of their schemes of learning. We also cover the main scientific skills: scientific thinking; experimental skills and strategies; analysis and evaluation; and scientific communication. Students are given regular opportunities to develop and use these skills in lessons.
In KS3 students study a range of units, over 6 hours per fortnight, that link to careers and cover a mixture of biology, chemistry and physics. From KS4 onwards, these separate into specialist disciplines, with students studying either separate (Triple award) sciences or Combined (Dual award) Science. Dual award students study Science over 10 hours per fortnight, with Triple award students having additional time from an option block.
Key Stage 3
- Formula 1 – a study of speed and forces.
- Medicine – The human body and how it works.
- Environmentalist – considering why plants are important to us, Earth’s structure and our atmosphere.
- Firefighter – chemical reactions and combustion.
- Material science – atoms, models and the Periodic table.
- Chemist – understanding chemical reactions.
- Theme Park design – forces and magnetism
- Space science – understanding how our planet fits into the Universe and how different phenomena can be explained.
- Zoology – genetics and evolution.
- Mobile technology – energy, waves and electricity.
- Food science – understanding digestion and why different foods are important.
- Eco-car designer – a study of electricity and energy sources.
Key Stage 4
Students go back to studying the small scale in much finer detail. They are offered opportunity to review and extend their knowledge, building on KS3 knowledge, and are pushed to apply their understanding to harder concepts.
- Biology: Cells and plants.
- Chemistry: Atoms and bonding.
- Physics: Energy and the particle model.
Concepts become more challenging and students are pushed to consider how their biological knowledge links to the world around them. In Chemistry, students are challenged to really understand what is happening in specific chemical reactions and models play a vital role in understanding difficult physics concepts.
- Biology: Animals, diseases and ecology.
- Chemistry: Calculations, Chemical change, energy change and organic Chemistry.
- Physics: Radiation, Electricity and Forces.
In their final year of KS4, the emphasis is on the links that can be made between disciplines. Students consider how concepts fit together and can be applied in the world around us, as well as the effects on our world.
- Biology: Homeostasis and inheritance.
- Chemistry: Chemical analysis and atmospheric change.
- Physics: Waves and magnetism (triple students also study space physics).
Key Stage 5
- Biological molecules.
- Organisms exchange substances with their environment.
- Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms.
- Physical chemistry (atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, energetics, kinetics, chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc, REDOX).
- Inorganic chemistry (periodicity, group 2, the alkaline earth metals, Group 7(17), the halogens).
- Organic chemistry (alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis).
- Measurements and their errors.
- Particles and radiation.
- Mechanics and materials.
- Energy transfers in and between organisms.
- Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.
- Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.
- The control of gene expression.
- Physical chemistry (thermodynamics, rate equations, equilibrium constant Kp for homogeneous systems, electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, acids and bases.
- Inorganic chemistry (properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, transition metals, reactions of ions in aqueous solution).
- Organic chemistry (Optical isomerism, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, aromatic chemistry, amines, polymers, amino acids, proteins and DNA, organic synthesis, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chromatography.
- Topics covered:
- Further mechanics and thermal physics.
- Fields and their consequences.
- Nuclear physics.
Qualifications which we offer at KS4 and KS5
- AQA Combined Science Trilogy: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
- AQA Biology: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461
- Chemistry: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
- Physics: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463
Enrichment and extracurricular opportunities in the subject
STEM Club – Run in collaboration with maths, this is student led and allows for opportunity to look at problem solving and working together to investigate areas of particular interest.
Y7/Y8 Science Club – This offers students opportunity to continue their love of science by researching projects and carrying out investigations. They are able to then present this work to their peers and gain regular feedback. It also allows students to build their confidence within science and take part in fun activities that extend and enrich classroom based activities.
Where could this subject ultimately take you?
Science is relevant to all careers. Demonstrating the ability to use the scientific competencies is relevant in all places of work, while having an understanding of the world around us is vital when making important decisions that affect our planet. It is also relevant to a variety of careers from medicine and veterinary science, to formula 1, to hair and beauty.