Science at Gaynes

Science explains how you hear your alarm clock in the morning to the workings of the lightbulb you turn off before bed at night, and then of course there is everything in between! Science is everyday life and something which can both inspire, challenge and fascinate. Science teaching focuses on student centered learning which encourages the development of scientifically literate students equipped to succeed in the new technological age.

KS3 Course of Study

Students in year 7 and 8 follow a challenging and accelerated two-year key stage 3 Activate courses which aim to prepare and ignite a passion for science. Students are taught all three areas of Science with elements of how science works and practical skills embedded. Students are continuously assessed both summatively and formatively to help aid their progress from KS2. The emphasis of the programme is to prepare students for the rigour of KS4 as well as to develop a number of key skills.

Topics followed by students at KS3:

Year 7:

Biology B1

  1. Cells
  2. Structure and function of body systems
  3. Reproduction

Chemistry C1

  1. Particles and their behavior
  2. Elements, atoms, and compounds
  3. Reactions
  4. Acids and alkalis

Physics P1

  1. Forces
  2. Sound
  3. Light
  4. Space

Year 8:

Biology B2

  1. Health & Lifestyle
  2. Ecosystem processes
  3. Adaptation and inheritance

Chemistry C2

  1. The Periodic Table
  2. Separation Techniques
  3. Metals and acids
  4. The Earth

Physics P2

  1. Electricity and magnetism
  2. Energy
  3. Motion and Pressure

KS4 Course of Study

The Key Stage 4 curriculum starts with our year 9 cohort. At GCSE students can study the AQA Combined Trilogy Science course (with two grades awarded at the end of year 11) or the AQA Separate Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics (with 3 grades awarded at the end of year 11). Both options enable students to progress to post 16 studies in Science.

Courses Available at KS4:

  • AQA Combined Trilogy Science (8464)
  • AQA Separate Science (Biology 8461, Chemistry 8462, Physics 8463)

Topics followed by students at KS4:

Single Biology and Combined Science Trilogy


1. Cell biology
2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

5. Homeostasis and response
6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology


Single Chemistry and Combined Science Trilogy


1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
3. Quantitative chemistry
4. Chemical changes

5. Energy changes

6. The rate and extent of chemical change

7. Organic Chemistry

8. Chemical analysis

9. Chemistry of the atmosphere

10. Using resources


Single Physics and Combined Science Trilogy


1. Energy
2. Electricity

3. Particle model of matter

4. Atomic structure

5. Forces
6. Waves

7. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space (Single Physics only)


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