Alderman Peel

High School

Wells-Next-The-Sea   Norfolk


Faculty Staff and roles

Mrs S Kelly, Director of Learning for Science

Mrs S Watkins, Teacher of Science

Mrs J Bird, Teacher of Science

Mr D Hunter, Teacher of Science

Mr J Kendrick-Ericson Teacher of Science

Ms C Holden, Assistant Teacher

Mrs S Hoskins, Cover Supervisor

Mrs M Cotty, Science Technician

Mr M Chadwick, Science Technician

KS3 subject overview


Biology: Cells, Variation, Health and Disease, Ecology, Plant Biology

Chemistry: The Periodic Table, Chemical reactions, Acids and Alkalis, Geology

Physics: Heating and Cooling, Waves, Energy, Forces, Space

Scientific Enquiry: planning, obtaining and presenting evidence, considering evidence and evaluating.


All pupils should be able to achieve these by the end of Year 9

  •  Describe using everyday words
  •  Measure and record observations
  •  Spot patterns
  •  Sort into groups
  •  Describe using correct scientific words
  •  Show patterns using graphs & describe the relationship shown
  •  Describe the way each group was selected
  •  Predict & plain fair tests
  •  Explain using science ideas & models
  •  Describe a feature & explain its function
  •  Link cause & effect relationships (Use hotter, faster, bigger etc)
  •  Use science ideas to predict, identify key variables & draw conclusions


Most should achieve these as well

  •  Explain using more than one key idea or model
  •  Identify & explain the difference between processes or groupings
  •  Use word equations
  •  Suggest improvements & explain why they would be effective


Some pupils will also achieve these

  •  Use knowledge of patters or construct models to make predictions in new contexts
  •  Use chemical symbols, formulae and equations
  •  Know definitions, perform calculations & use correct units
  •  Draw straight lines or curves of best fit
  •  Consider whether there is sufficient data to draw firm conclusions




The outgoing GCSE Science qualification with last examinations being in the summer of 2017, are AQA Core Science (4405), AQA Additional Science (4408), AQA Biology (4401), AQA Chemistry (4402) and AQA Physics (4403).

The new Science GCSE, they are all terminal, with exams at the end of year 11 with no controlled assessment, there are 2 routes:



which is a combined course of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There will be six exams: two biology, two chemistry, and two physics papers.

* Each exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes, 70 marks.

* Course content includes



* Cell biology* Organisation*Bioenergetics*Infection and response *Homeostasis and response*Inheritance, variation and evolution *Ecology


*Atomic structure and the periodic table* Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter*Quantitative chemistry*Chemical changes*Energy changes*The rate and extent of chemical change* Organic chemistry *Chemical analysis*Chemistry of the atmosphere*Using resources



* Forces* Waves*Magnetism and electromagnetism* Energy*Electricity *Particle model of matter*Atomic structure


*Separate sciences

which are 3 separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each separate exam will have 2 written papers of 1hr 45minutes.

*course content includes


*Cell biology* Organisation* Infection and response* Bioenergetics* Homeostasis and response* Inheritance, variation and evolution*Ecology.


*Atomic structure and the periodic table* Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter* Quantitative chemistry* Chemical changes* Energy changes*The rate and extent of chemical change* Organic chemistry* Chemical analysis *Chemistry of the atmosphere* Using resources.


*Forces *Energy* Waves* Electricity* Magnetism and electromagnetism* Particle model of matter* Atomic structure* Space physics.