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The study of Science is key to understanding the world around us and how everyday life works.

Scientific enquiry and being able to answer questions are at the centre of every lesson, allowing students to make predictions, design experiments and test ideas they have about the world. At Ashington Academy the students will explore the complexities of the human body, the origins of the universe and the building blocks of all matter.

I really enjoy science because it helps me to understand how the world works.
Year 7 student

Curriculum information

Year 7

Learning outcomes

Our KS3 curriculum is a tailored made in the Academy, firmly rooted in the KS3 National Curriculum with links to the AQA KS3 Course. We use a carefully planned order of topics to instil a broad and balanced knowledge of current scientific thinking to enable a rich and challenging understanding of modern science.

 

The KS3 Curriculum is grounded in fundamental knowledge in the three main disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics but also prioritises the development of scientific thinking, practical skills and mathematical processes.

Our signature skill mapping is designed to ensure investigative skills are explicitly taught and anchored in real life applications and transferability of practical skills. Scientific thinking has dedicated topics of study as well as being interleaved throughout topics. Mathematical development is key to any deeper understanding of science and is found throughout all disciplines and units of our KS3 curriculum.

Topics taught

  • Working scientifically
  • Energy
  • Atoms, elements, compounds and the periodic table
  • Cells
  • Chemical reactions
  • Bioenergetics
  • Keeping Healthy
  • Forces
  • Electricity
  • Reproduction
  • Waves
  • Evolution and inheritance

Year 8

Learning outcomes

Our KS3 curriculum is a tailored made in the Academy, firmly rooted in the KS3 National Curriculum with links to the AQA KS3 Course. We use a carefully planned order of topics to instil a broad and balanced knowledge of current scientific thinking to enable a rich and challenging understanding of modern science.

The KS3 Curriculum is grounded in fundamental knowledge in the three main disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics but also have prioritises the development of scientific thinking, practical skills and mathematical processes.

Our signature skill mapping is designed to ensure investigative skills are explicitly taught and anchored in real life applications and transferability of practical skills. Scientific thinking has dedicated topics of study as well as being interleaved throughout topics. Mathematical development is key to any deeper understanding of science and is found throughout all disciplines and units of our KS3 curriculum.

Topics taught

  • Enquiry processes
  • Energy Transfers
  • Matter
  • Biomechanics
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Forces
  • Magnets
  • Light
  • Separating Techniques
  • Chemistry of the Earth
  • Ecosystems
  • Space
Year 9
Learning outcomes

Here at Ashington Academy, students follow either the separate science route providing three GCSE’s in Chemistry, Physics and Biology or the AQA Trilogy course which provides a thorough understanding of the three sciences and leads to a dual GCSE qualification in science. The AQA Trilogy course provides a solid background in all three scientific areas and does not prevent progression onto studying sciences at A Level.

Year 9 is when students begin their journey through a three-year KS4 programme which is routed in the KS4 national curriculum and works towards AQA GCSE qualifications.

The topics have been ordered to ensure key concepts are built upon from KS3 and mastered before moving onto more challenging material. There is a strong focus on practical skills, maths, vocabulary and scientific thinking.

Topics taught
  • Energy
  • Atomic structure and The Periodic Table
  • Cell Biology
  • Bonding, structure and properties of matter
  • Particle model of matter
  • Organisation
  • Electricity
  • Bioenergetics
I enjoy Science because we get to do practical lessons. I love it when we get to choose how to investigate something and plan the experiment.
Year 8 student
I love science because it has helped me to understand how our bodies work. It is amazing to think about what happens inside of us every day.
Year 9 student

 

Year 10

Learning outcomes

In Year 10 the students continue to progress through either the Trilogy or Separate Science programme. The topics advance through the three science disciplines building upon the fundamental concepts taught in the KS3 and Year 9 course.

The students begin to use their practical and mathematical skills more independently and gain a sense of the impact of science on the real world. There is also a strong focus on memory skills and recalling key ideas from earlier years to support the students in making links between new and prior learning.

Topics taught

  • Infection and response
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Atomic structure
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • Rate and extent of chemical change
  • Forces
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Organic chemistry
  • Waves

Year 11

Learning outcomes

In Year 11 the focus switches to consolidation of ideas and making links between topics to deepen understanding. This allows our students to appreciate the ‘bigger picture’ of science.

 

Year 11 will also see students experiencing a more personalised learning approach that will differ from student to student based on individual strengths identified throughout the course.

Our aim is focused on continuing the journey beyond KS4 and encouraging aspirations for Science study at KS5 with the goal that at the end of this course students will be ready to play their part in scientific and technological advances in society.

Topics taught

  • Ecology
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Chemistry of the Atmosphere
  • Space - Separate Science only
Link to exam specification https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse
I find science an amazing subject and I always look forward to it. It’s so interesting to learn about molecules and how they bond and react together.
Year 10 student