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About Consilium

Consilium Academies is a multi-academy Trust working across the North of England. It has nine academy schools located in Yorkshire, the North West, and the North East. Consilium is dedicated to enriching lives and inspiring ambitions for both students and colleagues.


The Science Department believes that our subject is a fundamental part of everyday life essential to our understanding of the world. The overarching intention of Science is to provide students with a rewarding and productive learning experience that leaves them with a lasting positive view of Science and its contribution to society.

The Science Learning Pathway consolidates and builds on prior learning from Key Stage 2. The Key Stage 3 programme of study focuses on developing essential content and skills, introducing and revisiting topics across 3 years to help to create engaging lessons and prepare learners for the demands of GCSE Science.   

‘Big Ideas’ interlink topics with Key Stage 3 and 4 programmes of study.  This Learning Pathway aims to support the development of transferrable life and employability skills. 

How you can support your child’s learning in Science?

  • Question your child on what they have learnt in their Science lessons. How does it relate to the real world?
  • Ask them how the topics in their Science lessons will support them in getting a job in the future.
  • Encourage them to watch the news regularly to keep up to date with current scientific developments. Ask them how these developments link to their learning in their Science lessons.

This link will take you to a range of resources to support the curriculum-   Useful Science Links

Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 science curriculum aims 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 knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for future employment.
Yr 7 Units of Work Yr 8 Units of Work Yr 9 Units of Work
Cells Diet & Exercise Infectious Disease
Material Science Solubility, Chemical & Change Weathering & Erosion
Forces Motion Waves - Light
Inheritance & Organisation Waves - Sound Periodic Table
Substances & Mixtures Biochemistry More Electrical Circuits
Sound & Light Chemical Reactions Fuel Uses & Costs
Solar System and Beyond Magnetism Biodiversity & Human Impact
Variation Acids& Alkalis Rock Changes - Earth Resources
Health & Disease Interdependence of Organisms Floating & Sinking
Atoms, Elements, & Compounds Evaporation & Water Cycle Adaption & Evolution
Designing Materials Energy & Reactions Cell Biology
Heating & Cooling Forces Inheritance and the Genome
- Static Electricity Interdependence of Organisms & Classification
- - Atomic Structure & Periodic Table
- - Bonding
- - Energy & Moving Particles
- - Measuring and Calculating Motion

Key Stage 4

The GCSE Science course is based on the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for Science. Students are given the opportunity to study either Combined Science: Trilogy or Separate Sciences. This qualification is linear meaning that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.                                                                                

The content is split into units relevant to students in their everyday life and the specification allows the opportunity to explore work-related learning in science where appropriate.

Content overview (Examination Board AQA):

Paper 1: Biology 1 (Foundation/Higher)

1. Cell biology

2. Organisation

3. Infection and response

4. Bioenergetics

Paper 2: Biology 2 (Foundation/Higher)

5. Homeostasis and response

6. Inheritance, variation and evolution

7. Ecology

Paper 3: Chemistry 1 (Foundation/Higher)

8. Atomic structure and the periodic table

9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter

10. Quantitative chemistry

11. Chemical changes

12. Energy changes

Paper 4: Chemistry 2 (Foundation/Higher)

13. The rate and extent of chemical change

14. Organic chemistry

15. Chemical analysis

16. Chemistry of the atmosphere

17. Using resources

Paper 5: Physics 1 (Foundation/Higher)

18. Energy

19. Electricity

20. Particle model of matter

21. Atomic structure

Paper 6: Physics 2 (Foundation/Higher)

22. Forces

23. Waves

24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

8. Space physics (Separate physics only)


Wider Curriculum

The Science curriculum is enriched through a range of activities each year including;

  • National British Science week
  • Visits to/from local universities & colleges including STEM careers talks
  • Yr 7 & 8 Science club
  • STEM visits

Year 7, 8 & 9Science Club

Mr Harding & Miss Boyd are running a Year 7, 8 & 9 Science Club every Monday at 2.45pm in lab 1.

If you wish to know more information about the Science Club then see Mr Harding or Miss Boyd.

Curriculum Support

Please find below all the support documents you need for Science.

Useful Links

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Support  


Key Stage 4 Curriculum Support  


GCSE Specification  

Separate Science  

Combined Science 




Wider Curriculum