Pupils at The Wordsley School will study modules from each of the key scientific disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Core practical work is embedded within the schemes of work for each module, developing their skills in scientific enquiry and how to work scientifically in a laboratory. The Science curriculum at Key Stage 3 builds a solid foundation in pupil’s scientific knowledge and understanding, equipping them for their Key Stage 4 GCSE course. As pupils progress each year, they revisit prior learning within each module whilst continuing to develop a breadth of scientific understanding and fostering their natural curiosity about the world.
Units marked with a * below have been carried over from the previous academic year as a result of Covid-19 for 2020-21 only.
Cells, tissues, organs and systems *
Sexual reproduction in animals *
Food and Nutrition
Breathing and respiration
The particle model *
Atoms, elements and molecules *
The Periodic Table
Metals and their uses
Current electricity *
Earth and Space
Cells, tissues, organs and systems
Sexual reproduction in animals
Muscles and bones
Mixtures and separation.
Atoms, elements and molecules
The particle model
Acids and alkalis
Unicellular organisms *
Genetics and evolution
Plants and their reproduction *
KS3 Biology review and GCSE preparation
The Periodic Table *
Metals and their uses *
KS3 Chemistry review and GCSE preparation
Forces and Motion
Forcefields and electromagnets
KS3 Physics review and GCSE preparation
GCSE in Science
GCSE Combined Science (Edexcel 1SC0)
GCSE Biology (Edexcel 1B10)
GCSE Chemistry (Edexcel 1CH0)
GCSE Physics (Edexcel 1PH0)
For both courses, during Year 10 pupils will study content across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils will complete required practical work during lessons. There are no exams at the end of Year 10.
During Year 11 pupils will again study content across Biology, Chemistry and Physics building on previous knowledge from concepts covered during Year 10.
Exams will take place at the end of Year 11 and will assess all content covered over the 2-year course.
Exams will be 1 hour and 10 mins for combined Science per paper and 1 hour 45 mins for triple Science per paper.
Pupils will sit 6 exams equating to 2 per subject:
Biology paper 1
Biology paper 2
Chemistry paper 1
Chemistry paper 2
Physics paper 1
Physics paper 2
Paper 1 exams will assess pupils on their Year 10 work whereas paper 2 exams will assess pupils on their Year 11 work.