Triple Science


Autumn Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:  Air Quality, Radiation & Life, Keeping Healthy & Sustainable Energy:

  • Which chemicals make up air and which ones are pollutants?  How do I make sense of data about air pollution?
  • What chemical reactions produce air pollutants?  What happens to these pollutants in the atmosphere?
  • What choices can we make personally, locally, nationally or globally to improve air quality?
  • What types of electromagnetic radiation are there?  What happens when radiation hits an object?
  • Which types of electromagnetic radiation harm living tissues and why?
  • What is the evidence for global warming, why might it be occurring, and how serious a threat is it?
  • How are electromagnetic waves used in communications?
  • How do our bodies resist infection?
  • What are vaccines and antibiotics and how do they work?
  • What factors increase the risk of heart disease?
  • How do our bodies keep a healthy water balance?
  • How much energy do we use?
  • How can electricity be generated?
  • Which energy sources should we choose?

Autumn Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:  Material Choices, Chemicals in our Lives, Life on Earth

  • How do we measure the properties of materials and why are the results useful?
  • Why is crude oil important as a source of new materials such as plastics and fibres?
  • Why does it help to know about the molecular structure of materials such as plastics and fibres?
  • What is nanotechnology and why is it important?
  • What were the origins of minerals in Britain that contribute to our economic wealth?
  • Where does salt come from and why is it so important?
  • What do we need chemicals such as alkalis and chlorine and how do we make them?
  • What can we do to make our use of chemicals safe and sustainable?
  • Systems in balance – how do different species depend on each other?
  • How has life on Earth evolved?
  • What is the importance of biodiversity?

Spring Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:  Chemical Synthesis and Explaining Motion

  • Chemicals and why we need them
  • Planning, carrying out and controlling a chemical synthesis

Spring Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:  Controlled Assessments – Chemistry Practical Investigation and Physics Practical Investigation

  • Develop hypotheses and plan practical ways to test them including risk assessment
  • Manage risks when carrying out practical work
  • Collect, process, analyse and interpret primary and secondary data including the use of appropriate technology to draw evidence-based conclusions
  • Review methodology to assess fitness for purpose
  • Review hypotheses in light of outcome

Summer Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:  Chemical Patterns & Life Processes

  • How do chemical reactions take place in living things?
  • How do plants make food?
  • How do living organisms obtain energy?

Summer Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:  Chemicals of the Natural Environment & Electrical Circuits

  • What types of chemicals make up the atmosphere?
  • What reactions happen in the hydrosphere?
  • What types of chemicals make up the Earth’s lithosphere?
  • How can we extract useful materials from minerals?
  • Electric current – a flow of what?
  • What determines the size of the current in an electric circuit and the energy it transfers?
  • How to parallel and series circuits work?
  • How is mains electricity produced?  How are voltages and currents induced?
  • How to electric motors work?

Science useful websites:


Science Revision Guides:

These can be purchased from the Science Office

  • GCSE Science
  • GCSE Additional Science

Contact the Science Department

Phone: 01202 774650
Email: HRichley@leaf.bournemouth.sch.uk