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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Science

KS3 Science will give you a broad knowledge of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. 

From learning about the human body, to chemical equations to energy processes, Science is a subject that is hugely varied.

Whilst studying science you will develop your maths, data handling, research, practical and communication skills.

Biology Curriculum 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Cellular basis of life
Cells
Cellular basis of life
Organisation
Bioenergetics
Heredity and life cycles
Genes and the environment
Aut.2 Cellular basis of life
Cells
Cellular basis of life
Organisation
Bioenergetics
Heredity and life cycles
Natural selection and evolution
Spr.1 Health and Disease
The skeleton and muscles
Heredity and life cycles
Recycling of nutrients
Plants and their reproduction
Organisms and their environment
Plants and growth factors
Spr.2 Organisms and their environment
Food chains
Organisms and their environment
Sampling populations
Classification
Cells
GCSE Topic 1
Sum.1 Heredity and life cycles
Human growth
Health and disease
Diet and a healthy lifestyle
Immunity and disease
Cells
GCSE Topic 1
Sum.2 Heredity and life cycles
Human growth
Health and disease
Diet and a healthy lifestyle
Immunity and disease
Cells
GCSE Topic 1

 

Chemistry Curriculum 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Introduction to science
Mixtures and Separation 
Combustion Making Materials
Aut.2 Mixtures and Separation Combustion
The Periodic Table
Making Materials
Reactivity
Spr.1 Acids and Alkalis The Periodic Table
Metals
Reactivity
Spr.2 Particles Metals GCSE: The Periodic Table
Sum.1 Particles Metals
Rocks
GCSE: The Periodic Table
Sum.2 Atoms Rocks GCSE: The Periodic Table
Investigative skills

 

Physics Curriculum 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Forces Moving by force More electric circuits
Aut.2 Forces Electric circuits Floating and sinking
Spr.1 Sound and light Electric circuits Magnets and electromagnets
Spr.2 The Earth in Space Making images GCSE Science: Nuclear physics
Sum.1 Heating and cooling More about force GCSE Science: Nuclear physics
Sum.2 Heating and cooling More about force GCSE Science: Nuclear physics

 

Where will these subjects lead me? 

KS4 Subjects

In Years 10 and 11, Science is a core GCSE subject.

We provide two different Science pathways: students are assigned to one of these on the basis of their academic attainment; ability in practical work; attitude to learning; attendance and ability to cope with formal examinations.  For more information visit KS4 Science.

Career Pathways

There is a vast array of scientific careers that are available to science students with many people following a career in research, medical, education, technology or business job sectors.

As technology continues to change in the future there will always be a high demand for talented scientists. 

You can watch a great series of videos of young people who are working in jobs that use science on the BBC Bitesize website.

For examples of careers leading from these subjects click on

For advice on apprenticeship courses, click here.

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