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Science ks4

Our mission in science:


In science our mission is to help your child explore and develop a better understanding of the Big Questions in science. The natural world is full of phenomena that can be observed and we want to teach your child the scientific skills needed to carry out tests, make predictions and learn about the discoveries of others.


KS4 (includes Year 9) science curriculum:


At South Charnwood students follow the AQA GCSE trilogy or triple science curriculum.


AQA Trilogy specification link: Science | GCSE | Combined Science: Trilogy 


Note: As a department, we will endeavour to follow the curriculum maps as accurately as circumstances allow. Please be aware that topic orders may change. 


AQA GCSE Biology Map

 AQA GCSE Chemistry Map

AQA GCSE Physics Map

Lessons, marking and assessment:


  • Year 9 students have three lessons per week.
  • Years 10 and 11 students have 3 lessons per fortnight.
  • Students are taught by specialist science teachers.
  • Students are taught in groups based on attainment.
  • In year 9 students rotate every six weeks to a different subject specialism.
  • Year 9 students are taught for six weeks before having an end of rotation test.
  • In Year 10 and 11, at the end of each topic (in each specialism), students have a short 30-minute test.
  • Year 10 students have a larger end of year test and in Year 11 students have a mock exam during the Christmas period.
  • Students are also assessed on their ability to answer questions on the required practicals in science.

“During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore - in part because it's fun to do.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson (Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Centre for Earth and Space in New York City)