Our knowledge-rich KS4 science curriculum follows the AQA KS4 trilogy syllabus and begins in year 9. We aim to develop students' understanding of the world around them. The curriculum combines scientific theory with practical investigation and skills to empower students to make informed decisions about science and the world they live in.
We start our three-year KS4 curriculum with chemistry and the atom, how it forms the building blocks of existence, the distinct types of bonds and how they are represented in the periodic table. We move on to biology and how cells are the building blocks of life, the diverse types of cells and how they grow and come together into tissues, organs, and systems. With physics, we start with the conservation of energy and then explore all the different types of energy transfers.
In year 10, we begin looking at how nerves and hormones coordinate the human body and move on to disease and its effect on the body before moving on to photosynthesis and respiration. Students learn about the mole, reaction energy changes, electrolysis, and organic chemistry in chemistry. In Physics, we begin investigating forces, their effects, and how they can be represented, the particle model, and radioactivity.
In year 11, we start with biology, adaptations, and interdependence, expanding into ecosystems and biodiversity. In chemistry, we look at controlling the reaction rate and dynamic equilibrium. The final physics topics teach waves, structure, and interaction, leading to the electromagnetic spectrum and electromagnetism. The last biology topics are reproduction, variation, and genetics, leading to evolution