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Please see below the curriculum overview and progression of skills map.


Curriculum Overview


Year 7

Year 8 Year 9 (GCSE) Year 10 (GCSE)

Autumn Term 1

Particles and their behavior

  • Particle model and their behaviour
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Separating techniques


Assessment- Interim assessment on Particles and their behaviour

Waves, Metals and Acids

  • Light
  • Sound and water waves
  • Chemical reactions with metals


Assessment- Interim assessment on light, sound and chemical reactions.

Cells and Atoms


  • B1 Cell Structure
  • B2 Cell division
  • C1 Atomic structure
  • C2 Periodic Table


Assessment- Interim assessment on B1, B2, C1, C2

Organisation in animals and diseases

  • B4 Organising animals and plants
  • B7 Noncommunicable disease
  • P1 Energy

Assessment- Some year 9 units and recent year 10 unit:

C1, C2, B1,B4, P1 and P2
 Autumn Term 2


  • Microscopes and cells
  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Cells and organs
  • Health and lifestyle digestive system


Assessment- KAT 1 on particle behaviour and Organisms


  • Chemical reactions Formulae, Atoms, Decomposition, Endo/Exothermic reactions


  • Acids and metals

Assessment- KAT 1 on waves and chemical reactions.

Molecules and Bonding


  • P6 Molecules & matter
  • C3 Structure & bonding





Assessment- KAT 1 on all units taught so far

Diseases and chemical changes


  • C5 Chemical Changes
  • B5 Communicable disease
  • B6 Preventing and treating diseases


Assessment- KAT 1 on all of Biology paper 1 units (B1-B9)

Spring Term 1

Organisms 2

  • Health and lifestyle drugs, alcohol and smoking
  • Reproduction in animals and plant


Assessments- Interim assessment on health and lifestyle

The Earth

  • Earth and atmosphere
  • The rock cycle
  • Climate change
  • The carbon cycle
  • Space


Assessment- Interim assessment on reactions and the earth



  • C4 Chemical calculation
  • B3 Digestive system




Assessment- interim assessment on C4 and B3

Circuits and reaction rates


  • C6 Electrolysis
  • P4 Electric Circuits
  • C8 Rates of reaction


Assessment- Interim assessment on C5-C8 and P1-P4

Spring Term 2

Forces, Motion and pressure

  • Mass & weight
  • Gravity
  • Hooke’s Law
  • Speed, distance, time
  • Calculating pressure

Assessment- KAT 2 on Reproduction, Forces and Motion

Ecosystems processes


  • Photosynthesis & respiration
  • Food chains
  • Adaptations




Assessment- KAT 2 on the Earth and ecosystems

Energy and motion


  • P2 Energy transfer by heating
  • P9 Motion




Assessment- KAT 2 on all units taught so far

Electricity and radioactivity


  • P5 Electricity in the home
  • C7 Energy Changes
  • P7 Radioactivity




Assessment- KAT 2 on all of Chemistry paper 1 units.

Summer Term 1


  • Electricity circuits and resistance
  • Magnetism magnetic fields and electromagnets


Assessment- Interim assessment on Electromagnets



  • Energy transfers
  • Energy equations
  • Radiation
  • Energy and power


Assessment- Interim assessment on Energy



  • B8 Photosynthesis
  • B9 Respiration




Assessment- interim assessment on Bioenergetics

Coordination and control

  • B10 The human nervous system
  • B11 Hormonal coordination
  • C9 Crude oil and fuels
  • C10 Organic reactions
  • C11 Polymers


Assessment- Interim assessment
 Summer Term 2

Periodic Table

  • Periodic table metals and non-metals, groups and periods
  • Acids & Alkalis
  • Metals and acids


Assessment- KAT 3 on all of year 7 units.


  • Evolution & Inheritance
  •  Required practical’s
  • Skills
  • Practical perfection



Assessment- KAT 3 on all of year 8 units.


  • P12 Waves
  • P13 EM waves
  • Skills lessons




Assessment- KAT 3 on all units taught so far


  • P8 Forces in action
  • P10 Forces and Motion





KAT 3- combined paper on Biology, Chemistry and Physics





Year 7, Autumn Term, Progression of skills map - Science

  Year 7 Year 8

Year 9

Year 10 Year 11
Over the course of each year
  • Keywords: usage and spelling
  • Recall basic knowledge and understanding of science.
  • Identifying different hazard symbols on chemicals/equipment
  • Graph drawing: identifying the type of graph that needs to be drawn.
  • Graph drawing: scaling the
  • Basic data analysis, identifying trends within data.
  • Identify health and safety risks with an experiment, based on equipment or substances used.
  • Planning experiments and identifying the variables: independent, dependent and control. Explain the importance of control variables.
  • Calculations from worded questions, or from graphs. Rearrangement of formulas to suit the question.
  • Keywords: usage and spelling
  • Recall a broad range of knowledge and understanding of science.
  • Rearrange formulas to calculate work or energy.
  • Can accurately make and record observations and measurements using decimal points.
  • Ask questions based on real world observations. Begin to apply their scientific knowledge to nature
  • Apply mathematical concepts and calculate results.
  • Keywords: usage and spelling.
  • Use of the keywords and better fluency in scientific language.
  • Recall basic knowledge and understanding of science. Using these as a foundation for the following years.
  • Identify trends in data from experiments, use of scientific language to explain these trends.
  • Make and record observations and measurements using a range of methods for different investigations.
  • Recording data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graph
  • Evaluate the reliability of methods in detail.
  • Suggest further questions that may arise from results of investigations and data analysis and evaluation.
  • Understand that scientific theories can change and evolve with time. Describe why these theories have developed with time.
  • Explain the importance of peer review with scientific publications.
  • Evaluate data, showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error.
  • Identify further questions arising from their results
  • Apply scientific theory to produce a hypothesis for an experiment. Use of scientific language to explain if the hypothesis was correct, or not.
  • Make more complex and quantitative predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding
  • Question the methods, techniques or equipment to improve accuracy and precision.
  • Explain any anomalies or outliers within the data.



Practical skills

  • How to set up and view a sample under a microscope.
  • Know and undertake the method to observe onion cells under a microscope.
  • How to plan and complete an experiment that measures lung capacity.
  • Test different foods to identify the nutrients present in them.
  • Investigating the effect temperature and pH has on the activity of enzymes.
  • Heating curve experiment.
  • Which separation technique is effective for different mixtures: evaporation, filtration and chromatography, (to know the equipment used in distillation).
  • Use of newton meters to measure forces.
  • Investigate the relationship between force and extension for a spring.
  • Create circuits (series and parallel), and identify when a circuit may not work.
  • Drawing the magnetic field around a bar magnet using a compass.
  • Make an electromagnet and determine how to increase the strength of the magnetic force.
  • pH tests, to identify the colours of an acidic or alkaline solution.
  • Use of ray boxes, mirrors, prisms and using prior knowledge of circuits.
  • Calculate the relative formula mass of compounds.
  • Calculate the bond energy of a reaction.
  • Reacting metals with different substances ie oxygen, or acids, and knowing the products. Able to plan the experiment and identifying flaws that could be in the method.
  • Investigate the effect of light intensity of the rate of photosynthesis.
  • The effect of exercise on heart and breathing rate.
  • Investigate the effect of light intensity on the rate of photosynthesis using an aquatic organism such as pondweed.
  • Plan and carry out an investigation into the effect of a factor on human reaction time.
  • Measure the population size of a common species in a habitat. Use sampling techniques to investigate the effect of a factor on the distribution of this species.
  • Investigate the variables that affect temperature changes in reacting solutions such as, acid plus metals, acid plus carbonates, neutralisations, displacement of metals.
  • Use circuit diagrams to set up and check appropriate circuits to investigate the factors affecting the resistance of electrical circuits.
  • An investigation to determine the specific heat capacity of one or more materials.
  • Use appropriate apparatus to make and record the measurements needed to determine the densities of regular and irregular solid objects and liquids
  • Investigate the effect of a range of concentrations of salt or sugar solutions on the mass of plant tissue.
  • Investigate the effect of antiseptics or antibiotics on bacterial growth using agar plates and measuring zones of inhibition.
  • Investigate the effect of light or gravity on the growth of germinating seeds. Record results as both length measurements and as careful, labelled biological drawings to show the effects.
  • Preparation of a pure, dry sample of a soluble salt from an insoluble oxide or carbonate, using a Bunsen burner to heat dilute acid and a water bath or electric heater to evaporate the solution.
  • Investigate what happens when aqueous solutions are electrolysed using inert electrodes.
  • Investigate how changes in concentration affect the rates of reactions.
  • Analysis and purification of water samples from different sources, including pH, dissolved solids and distillation.
  • Higher tier: Determination of the reacting volumes of solutions of a strong acid and a strong alkali by titration. 
  • Reproduce required practical's using the method and equipment. including recognising and controlling variables.
  • Explain the selection of equipment, for accuracy (ie. Specific equipment for measurement).
  • Recall the method used for each required practical. Identify techniques that would improve the results.