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Science - Year 9

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Science for Year 9 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Grove if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

The classes are organised into ability-based sets (4 sets in one half of the year group, 5 in the other half)

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Successful students are able to commit to learning and constantly revisiting factual content that they are then eager to apply to new situations. Students should enjoy working practically but should also be enthusiastic towards their learning about the world around them.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Scientific thinking
  • Experimental skills and strategies
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Scientific vocabulary, quantities, units and symbols

What will students learn at this level?


  • Chapter 4 Health matters (Autumn term)
  • Chapter 1 – Cell Biology (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 3 – Moving and changing materials (Spring Term)
  • Chapter 4 – Health matters (Spring and Summer Term)
  • Maths Skills


  • Chapter 1 – Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table (whole chapter) (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 4 – Chemical changes (4.1- 4.11 only) including required practical (Spring Term)
  • Maths Skills Summer Term (after May half term)


  • Chapter 5  – Forces (Autumn Term)
  • Chapter 5 – Motion (Spring Term)
  • Chapter 4 – Particles model of matter (including the required density practical) (Summer Term)
  • Maths Skills (End of Summer Term)

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skills
  • Working safely
  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Team work
  • Working independently

How will students learn at this level?

In a variety of ways: reading ahead / research / self-discovery, class discussion, teacher explanation, educational videos, teacher demonstration, class practical, self-evaluation and target setting.

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

Student will have two exams in each science.

Each exam is 1 hour 15 minutes in duration.

Questions will be a mixture of multiple-choice, structured, closed short answer and open response.

When do key assessments take place?

External exams take place in the summer of Year 11

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Support your child to bring the correct equipment to lessons, including a scientific calculator.
  • Ensure your child has access to the appropriate revision guides.
  • Test your child’s knowledge of key facts. Engage them in conversation about what they have learnt and how it relates to the real world.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment, especially a scientific calculator.

Students also need to bring their textbook to lessons (these are provided by the school).

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Very high mathematical content – see specification for exact skills required.
  • High levels of literacy are required to read, understand and answer questions.
  • Environmental issues relate to work covered in geography.

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?






What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • Helping out in Science club.
  • Invitation to Physics and Chemistry Olympiad lunch time sessions.
  • Many opportunities during Science week in March.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

The skills you will develop studying Science can be transferred to any career but the following careers are strongly linked to Science:

Medical professions, engineering, forensics, research science, sports science, sports psychology etc

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • Teach with in context with examples of how content fits to everyday life.
  • Foundation and Higher Tiers sat
  • All required – practical’s carried out across BCP.  Implicit practical skills taught.  Practical work is a regular component of lessons.

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  • Designing own practical’s.
  • Students encouraged to pick out patterns in data and analyse and evaluate practical methods.
  • Regular exam question practice and feedback, especially higher level skills.  Students encouraged to produce revision materials for ongoing use.

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

Exam prep session

Use of assessed tasks and DIRT and extensive task.