Science Intent:

Aim – What is Church Stretton aiming to achieve through its Science curriculum?

All students to receive a wide and varied curriculum, provoking their curiosity and sparking their interest in the world around them from the smallest nano particles to the expanding Universe. Students will discover how the world functions and obtain an insight into the three Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to allow them to continue the subject in further education.

At Church Stretton we want students to develop a passion for Science and see the application of Science in everyday life. We want students to think like a scientist, questioning the world around them; Why are leaves green? Why don’t boats sink? Why is it that in space no-one can hear you scream?

We aim to ensure that our curriculum:

  • Develops students’ understanding of the three sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Provokes curiosity about the world around them.
  • Inspires a love of learning and an eagerness to excel
  • Is balanced and comprehensive, and one that all students can access and relate to
  • provides opportunities to explore Science outside the classroom, including extracurricular trips and clubs.

The Science curriculum has been mapped across the five year groups to provide students with the skills they need at each stage of their learning journey to succeed. The cyclical curriculum allows students to draw on prior concepts, reinforce their learning whilst continually evoking new learning and extending a greater depth to their understanding of the subject.  In Year 9 students will begin their transition to GCSE by undertaking either their combined Science or Single science routes and by the time students sit their GCSE’s they will be ready for the next part of their journey in Science, at ‘A’ level.

YEARS 7 to 9 click here

YEARS 10 to 11 click here

Years 10 - 11

What’s it worth?


What qualifications do I get

Separate Science

3 x GCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Combined Science

2 x GCSEs (Combined Science)

Why do it?

  • Ever wondered how life began?  Or how genetic engineering can prolong our lives or maybe you were just curious as to how sun tan lotion works or how plastic can be made from oil?  Studying science will broaden your understanding of the world around us whilst teaching you how to apply logic and reason to solve a problem, analyse data or make judgements about information and reports in the media.
  • The skills gained in studying science are needed in a range of jobs as diverse as Beauty Therapist and Astronaut.  Science is useful for the majority of careers - studying Science will widen options later in life, not narrow them down.

What will you do?

Students opt to study Separate Science, or will study Combined Science.  All courses involve the study of biology, chemistry and physics.  Separate Science is particularly suitable for students wishing to study Science to a higher level. 

What do you need?

Students not opting for Separate Science will study Combined Science - this course still requires a willingness to work hard.  Separate Science tackles each of biology, chemistry and physics in more depth, and 40 - 50% more hours are devoted to Separate Science to enable this.  Separate Science thus requires a higher level of commitment than the Combined Science course - but provides the best foundation for post-16 Science study.

For further details see Mr D Bird

Subject                                                 Exam Board                        Exam Papers

Combined Science                             Edexcel                              100% Terminal exams
(2 GCSEs)                                                                                        6 x 70 minute, 60 mark papers

Separate Science                               Edexcel                             100% Terminal exams

(3 GCSEs)                                                                                       6 x 105 minute, 100 mark papers

The course is separated into topics, with students who opt for triple science studying each topic in greater depth, and in some instances additional topics which can be identified through the curriculum overviews.





Paper 1

SB1 Key concepts in Biology

SC1 States of Matter

SC2 Methods of Separating

SP1 Motion

SB2 Cells and Control

SC3 Atomic Structure

SP2 Motion and Forces

SB3 Genetics

SC4 The Periodic Table

SP3 Conservation of Energy

SB4 Natural Selection & Genetic Modification

SC5 Ionic Bonding

SC6 Covalent Bonding

SC7 Types of Substance

SP4 Waves

SB5 – Health, Disease and the Development of Medicine

SC8 Acids and Alkalis

SP5 Light and EM Spectrum


SC9 Calculations Involving Masses

SP6 Radioactivity


SC10 Electrolytic Processes

SC11Obtaining and Using Metals

SC12 Reversible Reactions & Equilibria

SC13 Transition Metals, Alloys and Corrosion

SP7 Astronomy


SC14 Quantitative Analysis

SC15 Dynamic Equilibria, Calculations Involving Volumes of Gases

SC16 Chemical Cells and Fuel Cells



Paper 2

SB1 Key concepts in Biology

SC17 Groups in the Periodic Table

SC18 Rates of Reaction

SC19 Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

SP8 Energy- Forces Doing Work

SP9 Forces and their Effects

SB6 Plant Structures and their Functions

SC20 Fuels

SC21Earth and Atmospheric Science


SP10 Electricity and Circuits

SP11 Static Electricity

SB7 Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

SC22 Hydrocarbons

SC23 Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids

SC24 Polymers

SP12 Magnetism and the Motor Effect

SP13 Electromagnetic Induction

SB8 Exchange and Transport in Animals

SC25 Qualitative Analysis: Test for Ions

SC26 Bulk and Surface Properties of Matter including Nanoparticles

SP14 Particle Model

SP15 Forces and Matter

SB9 Ecosystems and Material Cycles



Curriculum Overview


Tracker Sheets/ Road Maps/ Knowledge Organisers/ Glossary Sheets 


Years 7 - 9

Science at Key Stage 3

The Church Stretton Science department aims to help our students become scientifically literate, which means that they can describe, define, investigate and ultimately try to understand the world in which they live and how it works. We believe that this will help them to become inquisitive, decision-making problem solvers who understand their place in the wider world and how they can contribute to a better future.

In Years 7 and 8, pupils follow the Activate course which sets science theory in real life contexts. We are firm believers that providing all students with three specialist teachers, with the very best subject knowledge, helps to extend students understanding and prevents the formation of common misconceptions that can arise from non-specialist teaching. The same structure continues into Year 9, when pupils complete the final Activate topics and then start the Edexcel Science (9-1) course in the Spring term.


Students will complete an end of topic test for each of the topics they study, roughly one per subject discipline per term, which are completed within the classroom. In addition to these regular ongoing assessments students will also complete a combined sciences test as part of their Examinations week in the school hall under formal Examination conditions.

The following topics are taught in each year and allow students to develop a robust knowledge base ready for their GCSE course. The ordering of topics allows students to continually build on prior knowledge, develop transferrable skills and understand how topics relate to one another.





Year 7

Working Scientifically,


Body Systems and levels of Organisation,


Elements, mixtures and Compounds,





Year 8


Health and Lifestyle,


Acids and Alkalis,

The Periodic Table,

Separation Techniques,


Electricity and Magnetism,


Year 9



GCSE Introduction SB1,

Metals and Acids,

The Earth,

GCSE introduction SC1,

Motion and Pressure,


GCSE introduction SP1,

How to support your child

  • Encourage them to read regularly, try some of the suggested books from our recommendations
  • Help them to practise the spelling and use of scientific vocabulary
  • Help and encourage them to practise their mathematical skills
  • Help them to structure their revision for end of topic tests
  • Encourage them to make use of the suggested websites
  • Discuss what they are doing in science lessons and help develop their enthusiasm for the subjects
  • Use knowledge organisers to challenge students on the correct definitions for key terminology.
  • Encourage students to keep on top of their revision to reduce their workload in Year 11 and explore different revision techniques to find the one that suits their learning style.


Curriculum Overview


Tracker Sheets/ Road Maps/ Knowledge Organisers/ Glossary Sheets


Web Links

Combined Science GCSE Bitesize Edexcel / Biology / Physics / Chemistry  - Easy-to-understand homework and revision materials for your GCSE Combined Science Edexcel '9-1' studies and exams. 

Physics and Maths Tutor  - Revise GCSE! Past papers, exam questions by topic, revision notes, worksheets and solution banks. 

Save My Exams  - A stress-free path to helping students study effectively and get higher grades than they ever thought possible.  

Edexcel Science Specification  - Here you’ll find everything you need to prepare for GCSE (9-1) science. Materials include Edexcel specification and sample assessment materials.   

Reading List

Reading around a subject allows students to consolidate the concept they study and help them develop their scientific terminology, whilst improving their ability to ‘write like a scientist’. We have compiled a list of suitable books which will capture students’ inquisitive minds and help them to explore the world of Science.



Additional support



Key Stage 3

  1. Horrible sciences
  3. KS3 revision guides from CGP Bad science series
  4. BBC operation ouch
  5. 500 things you should know about science
  6. Richard Hammond blast lab BBC bitesiz
  1. Horrible sciences
  2. Catalyst magazine ( /catalyst)
  4. KS3 revision guides from CGP Bad science series
  5. BBC operation ouch
  6. 500 things you should know about science
  7. Richard Hammond blast lab
  8. BBC bitesize
  1. Focus magazine ( KS3 revision guides from CGP
  2. Bad science series BBC operation ouch 500 things you should know about science
  3. Richard Hammond blast lab
  4. BBC bitesize

Key Stage 4

  1. Horrible sciences Catalyst magazine ( /catalyst)
  2. Edexcel KS4 revision guides BBC operation ouch
  3. GCSE BBC bite
  1. Focus magazine (
  2. Catalyst magazine ( /catalyst)
  3. Edexcel KS4 revision guides GCSE bitesize
  1. Edexcel KS4 revision guides
  2. GCSE bitesize
  3. The Selfish Gene
  4. Why Does E=MC2?

Extracurricular Activities

Science is all around us, no matter where you are and is not confined to the classroom and as such students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Science focussed trips which vary from year to year. Trips to date have included visits to; Chester zoo, Think Tank, Safari Park, the big bang show, to name a few. Or why not join our budding scientists in our STEM Club, where students will have the opportunity to explore the scientific world beyond the classroom.