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Staff Members

Mr J Horn (Head of faculty), Mrs N Shingleton (Headteacher), Mr S Kidby (Head of Lower School), Mrs E Perry (Head of year 7 and transition), Mrs K King, Miss G Richards, Mr G Law, Ms L Gardner

Key Stage 3

The KS3 course is designed to maintain the sense of awe and wonder that pupils develop in KS2 Science and build up the knowledge base that they will need for KS4 while ensuring the skill set of a scientist is being put in place. We follow the National Curriculum guidance for the program of study but have written bespoke, differentiated units and assessments that we feel best give this preparation. The department believe very strongly in learning by experimentation and pupils are given many opportunities to discover the scientific method as they progress through KS3.


Units covered in year 7 are:

  •  Particles/ Pure and Impure
  • Energy Transfer/Energy resources
  • Cells/ Photosynthesis
  • Atoms / Elements and Compounds
  • Forces/ Magnets/Motion
  • Animal and Plant reproduction
  • Chemical Reactions/ Acids and Alkali
  • Electricity
  • Environment/ Adaptation and Variation
  • Earth, Atmosphere / Innovative materials


Units covered in year 8 are:

  •  Application of forces
  • Food and Digestion
  • Anatomy
  • Domestic / Static electricity
  • Periodic Table / Extracting metals
  • Reaction of acids / describing reaction
  • Waves / Sound / Light
  • Inheritance and Evolution
  • Heat Transfer


Assessment at Key Stage Three


Formative assessment is through one levelled homework in each unit that gives pupils the opportunity to research and structure their ideas on the key points of the topic. These are all available via Google classroom. We also use summative end of unit tests which test key knowledge and practical skills. Levels for reporting are gained only through the larger assessments that will be done during the two knowledge weeks each year. These bigger assessments will again focus on key knowledge and begin to test their ability to apply this information.


Pupils have access to Seneca Learning, an online resource for KS3 and 4 that aids recall and understanding.

Key Stage 4

Students are entered for either GCSE combined Science Trilogy (8464) or for the separate (triple) Science GCSEs: Biology (8461), Chemistry (8462) and Physics (8463)



students will receive a wide ranging education across the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with the opportunities to develop scientific explanations and theories and link scientific ideas to their lives and the implications for society.


Practical work is at the heart of Science teaching at Hadleigh.


Triple Science pupils will have the opportunity to study in greater depth to broaden their understanding of Science further and to better prepare them for A level. This is done in the same lesson time as the core/additional pupils so the pace will necessarily be faster. This increased tempo, while simultaneously increasing the detail of study, is why triple is only recommended for those of higher ability and with the necessary work ethic. Triple Science does not take up any ‘Option’ time on the timetable.


All pupils at Hadleigh will take a Science qualification. Most of the cohort will take the new Double award GCSE which will give them two GCSE qualifications with an identical or similar grade. The cohort will be split into Foundation and Higher tier entries.


Selected pupils will take the Triple Science course at higher level, this is more suited to those with a greater aptitude for science and who could be looking to pursue science subjects in higher education. These pupils will receive three GCSE qualifications. Triple will only be entered at Higher tier.


The decision as to level of entry and course is initially taken at the beginning of year 10. Pupils will have settled into the course and we will have a clearer idea of ability at GCSE by this time to make our recommendations. It is worth noting that we try and top load these courses to give every student the chance at maximising their potential. As the course progresses into year 11 the recommendation as to final course and tier of entry may change.


As we are a tiered subject those taking a foundation level can achieve a maximum of a grade 5 and those taking a higher tier course a minimum of a grade 3-4. If we feel that a higher tier pupil is at risk of falling below this threshold then we will swap them to a foundation tier entry.


All examinations are now at the end of year 11. For all pupils there will be 6 papers, two each in Biology, Chemistry and Physics made up of a mixture of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response.


Those taking triple science will have longer papers. There is now no longer a coursework element as practical skills are assessed in the papers.


During the course pupils will be assessed via summative end of topic tests which will also include a section about a previous unit. This will help pupils to prepare for the terminal nature of the final GCSE exam. They will also be assessed formatively in class and through homework as well as practically.


Course content:


Year 9:

  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  •  Energy
  • Particle model of matter


Year 10:

  • Electricity
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces part 1
  • Infection and response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change


Year 11: 

  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Ecology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Forces part 2
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism


Useful websites and resources

AQA Science:



The Hadleigh science revision website: 



Seneca Learning:



BBC Bitesize:



Required practical videos:



Primrose Kitten – useful summary and revision videos: https://www.primrosekitten.com/pages/aqa-biology-gcse-revision-for-combined-and-separate-science

Possible areas of future Studies

A Level Biology

A Level Chemistry

A Level Physics


The three science subjects are known as ‘facilitating’ subjects and allow entry to the widest range of A-Level and then university courses even if they don’t seem very related to science. This is because of the skills that you learn when you take the course.

Possible future careers

Science promotes the skills of data analysis, model usage, evaluation, information retention and applied mathematics that are respected across disciplines by employers. Future careers include (but please check Unifrog for a more comprehensive list):


  • Doctor
  • Pharmacist
  • Dentist
  • Audiologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Radiographer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Optometrist