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Science ks4

Mission Statement


At South Charnwood High School our intent is to ensure that all pupils:


  • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • Are equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this.

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. It is our aim to nurture pupils’ natural inquisitiveness and promote fields of enquiry that will enable them to become the scientists of tomorrow.


KS4 science curriculum:


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


AQA Trilogy specification links: GCSE Science Trilogy 


AQA Triple specification links: Biology, Chemistry, Physics.    


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:


  • Years 10 and 11 students have 3 lessons per fortnight.
  • Pupils are taught by specialist science teachers.
  • Pupils are taught in groups based on attainment.
  • In Year 10 and 11, at the end of each topic (in each specialism), students have a short 30-minute test.
  • Year 10 pupils have a larger end of year test and in Year 11 pupils have a mock exam during the Christmas period.
  • Pupils are also assessed on their ability to answer questions on the required practical 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)