Key Contacts

Miss R David –– Subject Leader
Mr Paul Laidler (2nd)- Teacher
Miss Hannah Davies – Teacher
Mrs Nina Keyford – Teacher

Mr Darren O’Brien – Teacher
Ms Cerian Skyrme – Teacher

Miss Sara Thomas – Teacher

Mrs Sandra Crew – Senior Science Technician

Mrs Leyla Heravi – Science Technician

The Science Curriculum Statement sets out the vision and intent for the curriculum in Science.

The Science Curriculum Map sets out an overview of the curriculum in Science from Years 7 through to Year 11.  Among other things, it sets out what is studied, why it is studied, as well as the keywords needed in each year.  Students and parents are likely to find this useful.

At Hanham Woods Academy we encourage students to think like a Scientist in their Science lessons.  The Hanham Thinkers Science poster summarises what that means.

Courses for Science at Hanham Woods Academy

Pupils will either follow the Edexcel Combined Science (Double) Course or choose as part of their Options for year 9 the Edexcel Separate Science (Triple) Course. The Combined Science course counts as two full GCSEs, & the Separate Science Course three GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry & Physics).

In September 2017 we moved to a 3 year GCSE & therefore start GCSE material in Year 9. All Science exams will be sat in the Summer of Year 11.

Coursework has been removed from the new GCSE & 12 specific core practicals may be examined on in their papers.


Revision Guides

Revision guides are available for purchase from Hanham Woods Academy payment office. Combined Science revision book costs from £5.50 either Higher or Foundation (which class teachers can advise the appropriate version). Separate Science revision books are from £2.75 each.

Pupil Premium students can obtain their revision books through their teachers.

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Combined higher            Combined foundation       Separate: Biology,  Chemistry, Physics

Curriculum content

See the Combined Science curriculum content in more detail here

See the Separate Sciences curriculum content in more detail:





Modules in both courses for paper 1;

Biology Chemistry Physics
Key concepts

o Microscopes

o Cells

o Enzymes & nutrition

o Diffusion, Osmosis, Active Transport

Key concepts

o Structure of an atom

o Atomic & mass number Isotopes

o Periodic table

o Elements

o Electronic configuration

o Ionic bonding

o Covalent bonding

o Types of substance

o Calculations involving masses

Key concepts

o Recall multiples & sub-multiples of units eg. g, m, k, c, m, μ)

o Convert between different units

o Significant figures

o Standard form


Cells & control

o Mitosis

o Growth in animals & plants

o Stem cells

o Nervous system

States of matter & separation techniques

o States of matter

o Mixtures

o Filtration & crystallisation

o Paper chromatography

o Distillation

o Drinking water

Motion & forces

o Vectors & scalars

o Distance/time graphs

o Acceleration calculation

o Velocity/ time graphs

o Resultant forces

o Newton’s laws

o Momentum

o Stopping distances & crash hazards


o Meiosis


o Inheritance

o Gene mutation

Chemical changes

o Acids & alkalis & neutralisation

o Different indicators

o Titrations

o Making copper sulfate

o Reacting metals & carbonates

o Solubility rules

Conservation of energy

o Energy stores & transfers

o Energy efficiency calculation

o Stored energies

o Non-renewable resources

o Renewable resources

Natural selection & genetic modification

oEvolution evidence

oDarwin’s theory


oGenes in agriculture & medicine

Electrolysis & metals

o Formation of products

o Half equations

o Ores

o Oxidation & reduction

o Recycling

o Dynamic equilibrium for ammonia


o Longitudinal & transverse waves

o Amplitude, period & wave velocity

o Refraction


Health, disease & the development of medicines

oDifferent diseases

oPathogens & their transmission

oPhysical & chemical barriers

oImmune system


Light & electromagnetic spectrum

o Types of EM waves

o Uses of the EM waves

o Dangers with EM waves



o Atomic model

o Isotopes

o Masses & charges of subatomic particles

o Background radiation

o Types of radiation

o Half-life

o Dangers of radioactivity




Separate Science Year 10;

Topics from Combined Science (above) are taught in extra depth for Biology & Physics. Chemistry has additional modules (see below).


Biology Chemistry Physics
Key concepts

o Testing foods


o Transition metals

o Corrosion

o Electroplating

o Alloying

o Uses of metals & their alloys

Motion & forces

o Braking distance & energy

Cells & control

o The brain

o Spinal cord problems

o The eye

Quantitative analysis

o Yields

o Atom economy

o Concentration

o Titrations & calculations

o Molar volume of gases


o Waves crossing boundaries

o Ears & hearing

o Ultrasound

o Infrasound



o Sexual & asexual reproduction

o Protein synthesis

o Genetic variants & phenotypes

o Mendel

o Multiple & missing alleles

Dynamic equilibrium

o Fertilisers & the Haber process

o Factors affecting equilibrium


Light & electromagnetic spectrum

o Colour

o Lenses

o Radiation & temperature



Natural selection & genetic modification

oDevelopment of Darwin’s theory

oTissue culture

oGM & agriculture

oFertilisers & biological control

Chemical cells & fuel cells

o Uses

o Equations



o Using radioactivity; killing microorganisms, cancer, detection, smoke alarms

o In medicine

o Nuclear energy

o Nuclear fission

o Nuclear fusion

Health, disease & the development of medicines

oVirus life cycles

oPlant defences

oMonoclonal antibodies


o The Solar System

o Gravity & orbits

o Life cycles of stars

o Red-shift

o Origin of the Universe



Modules for both courses for paper 2: studied in year 11 for those leaving July 2018

Biology Chemistry Physics
Plant structures & their functions

o Photosynthesis

o Factors affecting photosynthesis

o Absorbing water & mineral ions

o Transpiration & translocation

Groups in the Periodic table

o Group 1

o Group 7

o Halogen reactivity

o Group 0


Forces doing work & effects

o Work & power

o Objects affecting each other

o Vector diagrams

Animal coordination, control & homeostasis

o Hormones

o Hormonal control of metabolic rate

o The menstrual cycle

o Control of blood glucose

o Type 2 diabetes

Rates of reaction & heat energy changes in chemical reactions

o Factors affecting reaction rates

o Catalysis & activation energy

o Exothermic & endothermic reactions

o Energy changes in reactions


Electricity & circuits

o Electric circuits

o Current & potential difference

o Current, charge & energy

o Resistance

o Transferring energy

o Power

o Transferring energy by electricity

o Electrical safety

Exchange & transport in animals

o Efficient transport & exchange

o Circulatory system

o The heart

o Cellular respiration


o Hydrocarbons in crude oil & natural gas

o Fractional distillation of crude oil

o The alkane homologous series

o Complete & incomplete combustion

o Combustible fuels & pollution

o Breaking down hydrocarbons


Magnetism & the motor effect & electromagnetic induction

o Magnets & magnetic fields

o Electromagnetism

o Magnetic forces

o Transformers & energy


Ecosystems & material cycles

o Ecosystems

o Abiotic factors & communities

o Using Quadrats & transects

o Biotic factors & communities

o Parasitism & mutualism

o Biodiversity & humans

o Preserving biodiversity

o The water cycle

o The carbon cycle

o The nitrogen cycle

Earth & atmospheric science

o The early atmosphere

o The changing atmosphere

o The atmosphere today

o Climate change

Particle model & forces & matter

o Particles & density

o Energy & changes of state

o Energy calculations

o Gas temperature & pressure

o Bending & stretching

o Hooke’s Law

o Extension & energy transfers



For Separate Science; topics from Combined Science (above) are taught in extra depth for Biology & Physics.

Chemistry has additional modules see below.

Biology Chemistry Physics
Plant structures & their functions

o Plant adaptations

o Plant hormones

o Uses of plant hormones

Hydrocarbons & alcohols & carboxylic acids

o Alkanes & alkenes

o Reactions of alkanes & alkenes

o Ethanol production

o Alcohols

o Combustion of alcohols

o Carboxylic acids

Static electricity

o Charges & static electricity

o Dangers & uses of static electricity

o Electric fields

Animal coordination, control & homeostasis

o Thermoregulation

o Osmoregulation

o The kidneys


o Addition polymerisation

o Polymer properties & uses

o Condensation polymerisation

o Problems with polymers

Magnetism & the motor effect & electromagnetic induction

o Electromagnetic forces

o Electromagnetic induction

o The national grid

Exchange & transport in animals

o Factors affecting diffusion

Qualitative analysis: Tests for ions

o Flame tests & photometry

o Tests for positive ions

o Tests for negative ions

o Identifying ions

Particle model & forces & matter

o Gas pressure & volume

o Pressure in fluids

o Pressure & up thrust


Ecosystems & material cycles

o Energy transfer

o Assessing pollution

o Food security

o Rates of decomposition

Bulk & surface properties of matter including nanoparticles

o Choosing materials

o Composite materials

o Nanoparticles