Our curriculum intent in Science is to ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to answer scientific questions about the world around them. In the process this should fuel curiosity and promote independence when understanding the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
We equip students with the necessary skillset and knowledge to understand life processes and the world around them. This bigger picture understanding helps to give them the Master Key in Science, which underpins the whole workings of the world and is therefore the Master Key in life.
For more information on the Science Curriculum please contact Luke Nowers email@example.com
Use the links below to download details of the Science curriculum.
An overview of the curriculum is shown below.
Science curriculum journey
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Click HERE to see past papers and further revision resources for Science and other subjects.
- KS3 Biology http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z4882hv
- KS3 Chemistry http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/znxtyrd
- KS3 Physics http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh2xsbk
- KS4 Biology http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z9ddmp3
- KS4 Chemistry http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zs6hvcw
- KS4 Physics http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zh2xsbk
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 3 at Harris Boys’ takes place over years 7, 8 and 9. Our vision for Science at Harris Boys is to ensure that our students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
In the process, this should fuel curiosity and promote independence when understanding the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. Our curriculum in Key Stage 3 aims to give students a strong foundation of the basics of science, giving them the opportunity to build on their knowledge by revisiting topics in more depth each year.
This builds our students’ confidence in being able to think and like a scientist and allows them to access and understand a wealth of information they can apply to the world around them.
Year 7 Science
The curriculum begins by looking at the basics of science such as cells, atoms and forces and builds on these over time so that students are able to understand more complex topics such as reproduction and acids and alkalis.
This allows students to build links to topics learnt at the start of the year and apply prior knowledge to new contexts. The content is included because it allows students to access information about themselves, and about the world around them.
Some students may not have experienced our subject at their primary school, so will come to us with very little knowledge in science. This is why it's important to include topics such as movement, human reproduction, universe and earth structure for students to grasp that science is applicable to their everyday lives and foster an interest in science so they may go on to make informed decisions about the world around them.
It also develops their skills because students will be working like scientists from Year 7. They will be able to plan investigations that allow them to draw valid conclusions from data they have collected and will be able to critically reflect upon their own conclusions to make an informed decision, using what they have learnt in lessons.
The following topics are taught in Year 7
- Lab Safety
- Acids and Alkalis
- Human Reproduction
- Earth’s Structure
Year 8 Science
Our Year 8 curriculum builds on the knowledge learnt in Year 7 and introduces new concepts such as magnetism and chemical reactions and applies them to a wider context.
The content is included because it allows students to learn about topics contextually important to them, for example health and human reproduction. We have also chosen topics that take into consideration the wider interests of students, such as space physics. Other topics, such as the atmosphere, are particularly important for students growing up in society today, especially in a city rife with pollution.
It develops the skills because it provides a wide range of activities that allow students to access a wealth of knowledge and information. This allows students over the course of Year 8 to come to their own informed decisions about topics such as health, and construct their own explanations of abstract topics using prior knowledge from Year 7.
The following topics are taught in Year 8:
- Energy transfers
- Periodic Table
- Metals and non-metals
- Chemical Energy
Year 9 Science
The curriculum begins by addressing any misconceptions students have from Year 7 and Year 8. These topics have been drawn from the question level analysis of the end of Year 7 and 8 assessments for this cohort of students so that misconceptions are addressed and any knowledge/skills gaps closed before students commence the Year 9 curriculum.
The curriculum begins by looking at the basics of science such as cells and atoms, before moving on to more complex topics such as the periodic table and chemical bonding. For example, students will need to know about the structure and development of an atom before they can understand electronic structure of elements which is taught during the periodic table topic in Term 2B.
The content is included because it will allow students to develop curiosity about the natural world, give them insight into working scientifically, and it will help them appreciate the relevance of science to their everyday lives. It will also allow students to deepen their understanding of the key five concepts in Science (Cells, Energy, Interdependence, Forces and Particles) before they become increasingly specialised topics at Key Stage 4. It will develop scientific thinking, improve experimental skills and strategies, encourage data to be analysed and evaluated and develop the use of scientific vocabulary throughout.
The following topics are taught in year 9:
- Speed and Acceleration
- Nutrition and Digestion
- Chemical Bonding
- Diffusion and Osmosis
- Density and Changing States
- The Circulatory System
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 Science at Harris Boys’ takes place in Years 10 and 11. Our vision is to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to answer scientific questions in the world around them.
At Key Stage 4 we build on skills and knowledge students obtained from Key Stage 3’s spiral curriculum, allowing students to become more confident in their science ability. We aim for all students to have access to subject-specific specialists to provide them with the deepest knowledge in each discipline.
We aim for students to have a catalogue of science knowledge. Students at Harris Boys’ study Biology, Chemistry and Physics and undertake Combined Science or Separate Science at GCSE. The Biology curriculum enables the students to study the natural world around them. They will study topics such as cells, homeostasis, inheritance, infections, and ecology. Students are helped to understand the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world.
The Chemistry curriculum builds on the understanding of the atom, the periodic table and chemical reactions learned at KS3. Interacting with the chemistry curriculum will develop skills and knowledge to work like a chemist. Students will be able to plan and carry out investigations that allow conclusions to be drawn and accurate data to be recorded.
Key Stage 5
This course is for students who are interested in a career in the Science sector. It has been developed to give you the skills and knowledge you will need to deal with the challenges you will face whilst working in or studying in this field.
You will develop professional and practical skills through carrying out real experiments and research, working with local employers who can provide a workplace setting or national research projects that use volunteers to gather data, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills.
This will allow you to practice lab techniques required in an industrial setting using equipment that may not be readily available in the classroom. You will be made aware of safe working practices in a lab and the strict legal requirements you must adhere to.
You will also gain an understanding of the different types of scientific industries and settings plus how laboratory design can vary across organisations and sectors. When it comes to progression or employment, you will understand the variety of opportunities available to you, and the roles and responsibilities of businesses and organisations within the sector. This will make sure you develop clear ideas about where you might like to take your career and what progression routes you’d like to follow.
You will cover a variety of topics including:
- Science fundamentals
- Laboratory techniques
- Control of hazards in the laboratory
- Product testing techniques
There is one qualification available, the extended certificate which is equivalent to 1 A -Level.
Year 12 content
In Year 12 students will study 5 modules. These along with the 4 modules in Year 13 will contribute to the overall A-Level.
Module 1 – Measurements and their errors
The content of this module is embedded throughout all the content of the Physics specification. This module is designed to develop the skills of planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation. Evaluating methods and interpreting results of practical investigations will be assessed through the written examinations at AS and A Level, in addition to the Practical Endorsement which is internally assessed throughout the course at A Level only - where students receive a pass/fail practical certificate alongside their grade at the end of the full Physics A Level.
Module 2 – Particles and radiation
In this module students learn about the fundamental properties of matter, radiation, and energy. Students will also gain awareness of the ongoing development of new ideas in physics and of in-depth knowledge to well-established concepts.
Module 3 – Waves
This module student’s look at wave measurements and general properties of waves. Some of these properties apply to all waves – including refraction, diffraction and interference. Students will also find out how to create standing waves.
Module 4 – Mechanics and materials
This module student’s look at the principles and applications of mechanics and materials. These areas underpin many work-related areas including engineering, transport, and technology. A lot of technologies and devices have been developed in these subject areas, including vehicle safety features and nanotechnology.
Module 5 – Electricity
Students will get to deepen their understanding of GCSE electricity in this module, as well as gain experience of practical work in electricity, which will help them to design and construct low-voltage electric circuits and to analyse circuits that have different components.
Year 13 content
Students will complete a further three modules in Year 13, as well as an option module. The modules in Year 13 have a synoptic element to them. This means that the skills that were developed in Year 12 are built into some of the concepts with the year 13 modules.
Module 6 – Further mechanics and thermal physics
The impact Newtonian mechanics has on Physics is shown in this module. The microscopic motion of atoms can be modelled using Newton’s laws and hence provide us with understanding of macroscopic quantities such as pressure and temperature.
Module 7 – Fields and their consequences
In this module, learners will learn about different types of fields. They will get to look at the differences between gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, as well as look at how all of these fields are incredibly similar.
Module 8 – Nuclear physics
This section builds on the work of Particles and radiation to link the properties of the nucleus to the production of nuclear power through the characteristics of the nucleus, the properties of unstable nuclei, and the link between energy and mass. Students should become aware of the physics that underpins nuclear energy production and also of the impact that it can have on society.
There is also an optional module where there is the option for students to study astrophysics, medical physics, engineering physics, turning points in physics or electronics.
Students sit examinations in their A Level courses at the end of Year 13. All students will take internal end of year examinations at the end of Year 12 to determine suitability to continue with the subject in Year 13. Students who do not meet the required pass grade in the Year 12 end of year examinations will not be permitted to progress into Year 13.
There are three written papers to assess A Level Physics. Paper 1 assesses modules 1 to 5 along with 6.1, whilst paper 2 assesses 6.2, 7 and 8 (Knowledge of the other sections is assumed). Paper 3 has a synoptic element to assess practical skills, as well as another section assessing the option module. The practical skills of students are also assessed throughout the course, leading to a separate certificate called ‘Practical Endorsement in Physics’ – this is simply pass/fail depending on skills shown throughout the course.
Year 7, 8 and 9 homework
For our Key Stage 2 students, all homework will be set using Microsoft Teams. Homework is set every other week. Your son/ward can access Microsoft Teams using their school email address and password.
Year 10 and 11 homework
For our key stage four students, all homework will be set using Microsoft Teams. Homework is set every other week, and each homework will focus on one of the three sciences. Your son/ward can access Microsoft Teams using their school email address and password.
Extra-curricular science at HBAED aims to enrich and support the learning that has taken place in the classroom as well as sparking curiosity for the world around us.
By linking Science Club directly to the curriculum, students can investigate familiar topics in greater depths. We try to cover a wide range of activities to develop skills in science, engineering and technology.
Students have designed ‘robotic’ arms that used similar mechanisms to some prosthetic limbs linking directly to their studies of the human body. Similarly, students have investigated distance, speed and time by exploring the different designs of paper airplanes and carry out experiments to discover how the design will influence the plane's ability to fly.
Science Club allows students to consider the uses and implication of science in our everyday lives today and in the future.
Some examples of experiments students have carried out:
- Making robotic arms
- Heart dissections
- Making plastic from starch
- Elephant Toothpaste
- Homopolar Motors
In addition to Science Club, we run Gardening Club (pictured below) which gets hands-on grow a variety of plants and vegetables each year as well as looking at some science linked to growing. Students look after plants and see them grow from seed to harvest as well as getting involved with other STEM tasks like designing irrigation systems and propagation.
Finally, we offer trips and extra-curricular activities for our KS5 students to enrich their education and give them a broad, contextual understanding of their studies such as through visiting a modern building site to see eco-friendly construction techniques (pictured).
Other helpful resources
- SLowmo guys
- Periodic videos
- Mental Floss
- MyGCSE Science (subscription required for Additional/Further Additional Science content)
- A Short History of Almost Everything, Bill Bryson
- The Magic of Reality, Richard Dawkins
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind, by Yuval Noah Harari
- Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre
- Science, The Definitive Visual Guide
- Question Everything
Places to go in the holidays or at the weekends
- Science Museum http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
- Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
- Royal Observatory Greenwich http://www.rmg.co.uk/royal-observatory
- Hunterian Museum https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian
- Old Operating Theatre Museum http://thegarret.org.uk
BBC Radio 4 Podcasts
- In our time
- BBC Inside Science
- The Infinite Monkey Cage
Magazines (many back issues available to borrow from the science office)
- New Scientist
- BBC Focus
- How things Work
Monthly Public Astronomy Meetings
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Attributes developed during science lessons
Analytical skills – The ability to analyse and critically evaluate information is an essential skill that can be applied to every role, be it in a scientific career or elsewhere.
Communication – Good verbal and written communication skills are essential in order to deliver and understand information quickly and accurately. It is a life skill that is vital both in and out of the workplace.
Teamwork – Regardless of the career path you choose, you will be required to work well as part of a team. Working together on experiments and to complete written work means you will be well prepared for later life.
Predicting – Being able to call upon previous observations and experiences to predict the outcome of a new situation is a skill you’ll be required to use day-to-day in every career.
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