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Autumn Term 1

  • Completing the ‘Health’ module
  • Investigating the features of the different disease – causing microorganisms.
  • Exploring the types of disease caused by each type of microorganism.
  • Exploring how the diseases caused by microorganisms are transmitted within populations.
  • Studying the physical and internal barriers humans have against disease.
  • Explaining how different types of white blood cell are involved in immunity.
  • Looking at how vaccinations work.
  • Studying the arrangement of DNA, genes and chromosomes.
  • Differentiating between infectious diseases, diseases caused by environmental factors, and diseases caused by the inheritance of genetic factors.
  • Analysing environmental and genetic variation between humans.
  • Determining how variation between organisms combined with genetic mutations during gamete formation can lead to the evolution of a species.

 Autumn Term 2

  • Students will be completing the ‘Ecology’ module.
  • Studying ecosystems, food chains and food pyramids.
  • Researching the interdependence of a variety of ecosystems.
  • Investigating photosynthesis and the different factors that affect the rate of photosynthesis.
  • Exploring how different organisms are adapted for their particular environment.

Spring Term 1

  • Students will complete a module on the reactions of different metals.
  • Developing practical and investigative skills.
  • Investigating how the use of different metals depends on their reactivity.
  • Completing practical investigations on the reactions of metals with oxygen, water and different acids.
  • Determining the reactivity of different elements and how we can use this to displace different elements within a compound.
  • Using displacement theory to study how precious metals are extracted.
  • Looking at the causes of corrosion and how this can be prevented.


Spring Term 2

  • Completing the ‘Energy and Electricity’ module.
  • Developing ideas about electrical safety and building simple circuits.
  • Distinguishing the different between voltage, current and resistance.
  • Using ideas about electricity to build series and parallel circuits and determining when each type of circuit is most appropriate to use.
  • Investigating the energy transfers that occur within different appliances in our homes.
  • Investigating the energy consumption of different appliances and using this information to calculate the efficiency of the appliances.

Summer Term 1

  • GCSE preparation module in order to consolidate the learning from Key Stage 3 and make a successful transition into Key Stage 4.
  • Revising and consolidating Chemistry fundamentals, such as organisation and terminology of the periodic table.
  • Revising and consolidating Physics fundamentals, such as basic calculations, electromagnetic induction and balancing forces.
  • Revising and consolidating Biology fundamentals, such as the hierarchical organisation of the physiology of living organisms.
  • Revising and consolidating the skills required for success at GCSE, such as graph construction and data interpretation, synthesising and constructing detailed, written answers and being able to apply previously learned concepts when asked for information out of context.

Summer Term 2:

  • The first three GCSE modules from the OCR 21st Century Science, Core Syllabus.
  • Biology 1 – You and your Genes
  • Chemistry 1 – Air Quality
  • Physics 1 – The Earth in the Universe

Contact the Science Department

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