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“The fact that no species has ever had such wholesale control over everything on Earth, living or dead, as we now have. That lays upon us, whether we like it or not, an awesome responsibility. In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the Earth.” David Attenborough

Welcome to the Science Department at Salvatorian College, where we foster curiosity, critical thinking, and a passion for scientific inquiry in our students. Our dedicated team of teachers and support staff is committed to providing engaging and enriching learning experiences that inspire a lifelong love for science. 

The Science curriculum at Salvatorian College aims to: 

– Enable pupils to build on and develop the necessary skills to analyse and question the world around them in a critical way. 

– Develop their practical skills by working scientifically, and, in doing so, provide opportunities for pupils to think and act like scientists do in the real world, to prepare them for their future learning or employment. 

– Equip our students with the scientific knowledge and skills that are needed to understand the important role Science plays in society, both now and in the future, addressing any misconceptions they may have. 

– Educate our pupils about key issues in science, including climate change, finding alternatives to using finite resources, the ethics of cloning, COVID-19, and lifestyle choices that impact our health. 

– To make links between the different subject areas, and have understanding of the ‘big’ ideas’ underpinning the curriculum 

– Give our pupils a heightened awareness about the need for greater sustainability in all that we do as individuals and collectively to ensure the safekeeping of our planet for future generations, helping them to understand the essential role they will play in this. 

Through hands-on experiments, interactive lessons, and real-world applications, we aim to equip our students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to excel in their scientific endeavors and beyond.

Our Staff

Ms A Ward – Head of Department

Ms A Schipor – Teacher of Science

Ms M Syeda – Teacher of Science

Ms F Marwan – Teacher of Science

Ms O Thomas – Teacher of Science

Ms Z Azmy – Science Technician

Key Stage Three

During Key stage 3 from years 7-9, we aim to instil a solid understanding of fundamental concepts that will pave the way for future learning. Throughout the Activate course, ten key ideas are studied that enable our students to build upon their learning in a logical and sequential way. 

Year 7 serves as the introduction to these concepts, providing students with a foundational understanding of the content. In Year 8, students apply these ideas to a variety of real-life situations, further reinforcing their knowledge and understanding. Year 9 acts as a bridge, linking the concepts learned in Years 7 and 8 to the Key Stage 4 curriculum, whilst also providing regular opportunities to reinforce and develop their KS3 understanding further. 

Students are also given regular opportunities to develop and master their working scientifically skills throughout the delivery of the Activate course. 

Year 7 Scheme of work: introducing the 10 Key Concepts 

Working Scientifically: Enquiry processes 

EP1 Asking scientific questions 

EP2 Planning investigations 

EP3 Collecting, recording, and presenting data 

EP4 Analysing patterns in data 

EP5 Evaluating data and methods 

1 Forces  

Speed 

Gravity 

2 Electromagnets 

Potential difference and resistance 

Current 

3 Energy 

Energy costs 

Energy transfer 

4 Waves 

Sound 

Light 

5 Matter 

Particle model 

Separating mixtures 

6 Reactions 

Acids and alkalis 

Metals and non-metals 

7 Earth 

Earth structure 

Universe 

8 Organisms 

Movement 

Cells 

9 Ecosystems 

Interdependence 

Plant reproduction 

10 Genes 

Variation 

Human reproduction 

 

Year 8 Scheme of work: reinforcing and applying the 10 Key Concepts 

Working Scientifically: Enquiry processes 

EP1 More on planning how to answer 

a question 

EP7 More on analysing and 

Evaluating 

EP8 Communication 

EP9 Evidence and sources 

EP10 Critique claims and justify opinions 

EP11 Risks and benefits 

EP12 Review theories 1 

EP13 Review theories 2 

1 Forces  

Contact forces 

Pressure 

2 Electromagnets 

Magnetism 

Electromagnets 

3 Energy 

Work 

Heating and cooling 

4 Waves 

Wave effects 

Wave properties 

5 Matter 

Elements 

Periodic table 

6 Reactions 

Types of reaction 

Chemical energy 

7 Earth 

Climate 

Earth’s resources 

8 Organisms 

Breathing 

Digestion 

9 Ecosystems 

Respiration 

Photosynthesis 

10 Genes 

Evolution 

Inheritance 

 

Year 9 Scheme of work: linking the 10 Key Concepts from KS3 to the KS4 curriculum 

B3.1 New technology 

Genetics 

Inherited disorders 

Selective breeding 

Genetic engineering  

Cloning 

Biotechnology 

Enzymes in industry 

C3.1 New technology 

Nanoparticles 

Using nanoparticles 

Nanoparticles in medicine 

Nanoparticle safety  

Cars: pros and cons 

New fuels 

Cleaning up exhausts 

Hybrid electric cars 

P3.1 New technology 

Your phone 

Your house 

Your hospital – intensive care 

Your hospital – seeing inside  

Your sports 

Your planet 

B3.2 Turning points in biology 

Vaccines 1 

Vaccines 2 

Antibiotics 1 

Antibiotics 2 

DNA 

Charles Darwin 

Preventing extinction 

C3.2 Turning points in chemistry 

Evidence for atoms 

Looking into atoms 

Discovering the periodic table 

Lessons from fossils 

The oldest primate 

P3.2 Turning points in physics 

Discovering the Universe 1 

Discovering the Universe 2 

The Big Bang 

Spacecraft and satellites 

Mission to the moon 

Radioactivity 

Electromagnetism 1 

B3.3 Detection 

Microscopy 

Fingerprinting 

DNA fingerprinting 

Blood typing 

Time of death 

Pathology 

C3.3 Detection 

Break in 

Smelly problem 

Message in a bottle 

Blood alcohol 

Body 

Clues in the carpet 

A week in court 

P3.3 Detection 

Detecting planets 

Detecting alien life 

Detecting position 

Detecting messages 

Detecting particles 

Key Stage Four

During Key Stage 4, we are committed to continue to provide you with an enriching and stimulating learning experience. Through engaging lessons, practical experiments, and interactive activities, we aim to ignite your curiosity, foster a love for scientific inquiry, and equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in your GCSE examinations and beyond. 

Throughout your studies in Key Stage 4, you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics, from the complexities of cellular biology to the principles of chemical reactions and the laws governing the universe. Our goal is not only to help you achieve academic success but also to nurture your intellectual curiosity, critical thinking skills, and passion for lifelong learning. 

 As you embark on this journey with us, we encourage you to embrace challenges, ask questions, and explore the wonders of the natural world. Together, we will unlock the mysteries of science and empower you to reach your full potential as a confident and informed global citizen.  

 

Most students follow the AQA Combined Science GCSE Trilogy course; a smaller group of students study Triple Science for separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.  

  

Pupils study the AQA syllabus, the specifications for which can be found here: 

Combined Science: 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464 

Triple Science: 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461/specification-at-a-glance 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462/specification-at-a-glance  

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463/specification-at-a-glance  

  

AQA GCSE Trilogy Combined Science Year 10 

Biology 

B1 Cell structure and transport 

B2 Cell division 

B3 Organisation and the digestive system 

B4 Organising animals and plants  

B5 Communicable disease 

B6 Preventing and treating disease  

B7 Non-communicable  

diseases 

B8 Photosynthesis 

B9 Respiration 

Chemistry 

C1 Atomic structure 

C2 The periodic table 

C3 Structure and bonding 

C4 Chemical calculations 

C5 Chemical changes 

C6 Electrolysis 

C7 Energy changes 

Physics 

P1 Conservation and dissipation of energy 

P2 Energy transfer by heating 

P3 Energy resources 

P4 Electric circuits 

P5 Electricity in the home 

P6 Molecules and matter 

P7 Radioactivity 

  

AQA GCSE Trilogy Triple Science Year 10 

Biology 

B1 Cell structure and transport 

B2 Cell division 

B3 Organisation and the digestive system 

B4 Organising animals and plants  

B5 Communicable disease 

B6 Preventing and treating disease  

B7 Non-communicable  

diseases 

B8 Photosynthesis 

B9 Respiration 

Chemistry 

C1 Atomic structure 

C2 The periodic table 

C3 Structure and bonding 

C4 Chemical calculations 

C5 Chemical changes 

C6 Electrolysis 

C7 Energy changes 

Physics 

P1 Conservation and dissipation of energy 

P2 Energy transfer by heating 

P3 Energy resources 

P4 Electric circuits 

P5 Electricity in the home 

P6 Molecules and matter 

P7 Radioactivity 

  

AQA GCSE Trilogy Combined Science Year 11 

Biology 

B10 The human nervous system 

B11 Hormonal coordination 

B13 Reproduction 

B14 Variation and evolution  

B15 Genetics and evolution  

B16 Adaptations, interdependence and competition 

B17 Organising an ecosystem 

B18 Biodiversity and ecosystems 

Chemistry 

C8 Rates and equilibrium 

C9 Crude oil and fuels 

C12 Chemical analysis  

C13 The Earth’s atmosphere 

C14 The Earth’s resources 

Physics 

P8 Forces in balance 

P9 Motion 

P10 Force and motion 

P12 Wave properties 

P13 Electromagnetic waves 

P15 Electromagnetism 

  

AQA GCSE Trilogy Triple Science Year 10 

Biology 

B10 The human nervous system 

B11 Hormonal coordination 

B12 Homeostasis in action 

B13 Reproduction 

B14 Variation and evolution  

B15 Genetics and evolution  

B16 Adaptations, interdependence and competition 

B17 Organising an ecosystem 

B18 Biodiversity and ecosystems 

Chemistry 

C8 Rates and equilibrium 

C9 Crude oil and fuels 

C10 Organic reactions 

C11 Polymers 

C12 Chemical analysis  

C13 The Earth’s atmosphere 

C14 The Earth’s resources 

C15 Using our resources 

Physics 

P8 Forces in balance 

P9 Motion 

P10 Force and motion 

P11 Force and pressure 

P12 Wave properties 

P13 Electromagnetic waves 

P14 Light 

P15 Electromagnetism 

P16 Space 

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