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The Department

Welcome to the Science department at Rose Bridge. We strive to cater for each of our pupils by providing a wide range of diverse courses, delivering high standard lessons and maintaining high expectations. We have 5 fully functioning and well equipped teaching laboratories plus one ICT suite. The Science team at Rose Bridge is dedicated to ensuring that every pupil is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We strive to pass on our enthusiasm for Science and engage pupils in fun and relevant activities.

“The study of science fires pupils' curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.” Science programme of study for Key Stage 3, © Qualifications and Curriculum Authority 2007

Key Stage 3

At key Stage 3 our pupils are taught in ability groups whereby pupils are placed in the most appropriate group for their target level with changes being made if pupils make excellent progress or where they need extra support. We follow a topic based programme which allows Science to be learned through interesting and relevant lessons. Each topic links to one of the three Science disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Progress of our pupils is monitored through formal testing as well as tasks that demonstrate scientific understanding.

The following themes are studied:

Year 7

  • Maths in Science
  • Science Skills
  • Cells, tissues, organs & systems
  • Sexual reproduction in animals
  • Muscles & Bones
  • Ecosystems
  • Mixtures & Separation
  • Acids & alkalis
  • The particle model
  • Atoms, elements & compounds
  • Energy
  • Current electricity
  • Forces
  • Sound

Year 8

  • Science Skills
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Plants & Reproduction
  • Breathing & respiration
  • Unicellular organisms
  • Combustion
  • The Periodic Table
  • Metals & their uses
  • Rocks
  • Fluids
  • Light
  • Energy Transfers
  • Earth & Space


The Science courses offered at Rose Bridge Academy prepare pupils for further studies in the Sciences. They provide a variety of interesting activities and experiences, identifying links to scientific ideas and their implications for society. They also present opportunities to develop scientific explanations and theories.

Pupils that opt for the Triple Science pathway will study 3 separate GCSEs, following the Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses. If pupils have not opted for separate sciences they will study Edexcel GCSE 9-1 Combined Science, which is awards 2 GCSE grades. Pupils who have followed both courses have gone on to study science related A Levels at college.

Assessment comes in the form of 6 written examinations (2 for Biology, 2 for Chemistry and 2 for Physics). Each examination is 1 hour 10 minutes long for Combined Science and 1 hour 45 minutes for the separate sciences. All examinations are offered at either foundation or higher tiers. The foundation tier papers will target grades 1–5. The higher tier papers will target grades 4–9.

Both courses cover the following topics over a 3 year period

Biology Chemistry Physics
Common Concepts in Biology States of Matter, Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances Motion
Cells and Control Atomic Structure Forces and Motion
Genetics The Periodic Table Conservation of Energy
Natural Selection and Genetic Modification Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substance Waves
Health, Disease and the Development of Medicines Acids and Alkalis Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Plant Structures and their Functions Calculations Involving Masses Radioactivity
Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis Electrolytic Process, Obtaining and Using Metals, Reversible Reactions and Equilibria, Transition Metals, Alloys and Corrosion *Astronomy
Exchange and Transport in Animals *Quantitative Analysis, Dynamic Equilibria, Calculations Involving Volumes of Gases, Chemical Cells and Fuel Cells Electricity and Circuits, *Static Electricity
Ecosystems and Material Cycles Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reaction, Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions Magnetism and the Motor Effect, Electromagnetic Induction
Fuels, Earth and Atmospheric Science Magnetism and the Motor Effect, Electromagnetic Induction
Fuels, Earth and Atmospheric Science Particle Model, Forces and Matter
*Hydrocarbons, Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids, Polymers *Qualitative Analysis: Test for Ions, Bulk and Surface Properties of Matter Including Nanoparticles

*Topics in bold are separate science only