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Key Biological Concepts, Microscopes And Cells
Key Concepts
  • The Development And Uses Of Microscopes
  • The Structure And Function Of Plant And Animal Cells
  • How Specialised Cells Are Adapted To Their Function
  • The Structure And Function Of Bacterial Cells
  • Enzymes And Their Role In The Synthesis And Breakdown Of Carbohydrates, Proteins And Lipids
  • Enzyme Action And Denaturation, And Factors Affecting Enzyme Activity
  • The Effects Of Temperature, Substrate Concentration And Ph On Enzyme Activity
  • The Transport Of Substances By Diffusion, Osmosis And Active Transport
Key Vocabulary
Eyepiece Lens, Magnification, Objective Lens, Resolution, Stain, Aerobic Respiration, Cell Membrane, Cell Sap, Cell Wall, Chlorophyll, Chloroplasts, Chromosome, Cytoplasm, Dna, Eukaryotic, Field Of View, Mitochondrion, Nucleus, Ribosome, Scale Bar, Vacuole, Acrosome, Adaptation, Ciliated Epithelial Cell, Cilium, Digestion, Diploid, Egg Cell, Embryo, Enzyme, Fertilisaiton, Gamete, Haploid, Microvillus, Oviduct, Specialised Cell, Sperm Cell, Chromosomal Dna, Flagellum, Plasmid, Prokaryotic, Catalyst, Digest, Monomer, Polymer, Product, Substrate, Synthesis, Active Site, Denatured, Active Transport, Diffusion, Concentration, Osmosis, Semi-permeable, Solute, Solvent
Cells and Control
Key Concepts
  • The Division Of Cells By Mitosis
  • Growth In Animals And The Development Of Specialised Cells
  • Growth In Plants And The Development Of Specialised Cells
  • The Function Of Stem Cells In Plants And Animals, And Their Use In Medicine
  • The Structure And Function Of Sensory Neurones In The Nervous System
  • The Transmission Of Electrical Impulses Along A Reflex Arc
Key Vocabulary
Anaphase, Asexual Reproduction, Cancer Cell, Cell Cycle, Clone, Cytokinesis, Daughter Cell, Diploid, DNA Replication, Haploid, Interphase, Metaphase, Mitosis, Multicellular, Prophase, Spindle Fibre, Telophase, Tumour, Differentiation, Growth, Percentile, Differentiate, Elongation, Meristem, Root Hair Cell, Xylem Cell, Adult Stem Cell, Cancer, Embryonic Stem Cell, Meristem Cell, Rejection, Stem Cell, Axon, Axon Terminal, Central Nervous, CNS, Dendrite, Dendron, Impulse, Myelin Sheath, Nerve Cell, Nervous System, Neurone, Neurotransmission, Receptor Cell, Response, Sense Organ, Sensory Neuron, Spinal Cord, Stimulus, Effector, Motor Neurone, Neurotransmitter, Reflex, Reflex Arc, Relay Neurone, Synapse
Key Concepts
  • The Process And Products Of Meiosis
  • The Structure And Extraction Of DNA
  • Alleles And Their Role In Inheritance And Variation
  • Explaining Inheritance Using Genetic Diagrams
  • How Mutations Cause Genetic Variation
  • The Causes And Effects Of Genetic And Environmental Variation
Key Vocabulary
Chromosome, Daughter Cell, Diploid, DNA, Egg Cell, Fertilisation, Gamete, Gene, Genome, Haploid, Meiosis, Mitosis, Polymer, Replicate, Sperm Cell, Zygote, Adenine, Base (In DNA), Complementary Base Pair, Cytosine, Double Helix, Guanine, Hydrogen Bond, Thymine, Allele, Dominant, Genetic Diagram, Genetic Variation, Genotype, Heterozygous, Homozygous, Monohybrid Inheritance, Phenotype, Ratio, Recessive, Family Pedigree Chart, Probability, Punnett Square, Sex Chromosome, Human Genome Project, Variation, Acquired Characteristic, Continuous Variation, Discontinuous Variation, Environmental Variation, Genetic Variation, Normal Distribution, Mean, Mode, Median, Range
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States Of Matter, Methods Of Separating And Purifying Substances
Key Concepts
  • The Three States Of Matter (Solids, Liquids And Gases), And The Changes That Occur During Changes Of State
  • Pure Substances And Mixtures, And Using Melting Points To Distinguish Between Them
  • Separation Of Mixtures By Filtration And Crystallisation
  • The Use Of Paper Chromatography To Separate Mixtures, And How To Interpret A Paper Chromatogram
  • Separation Of Mixtures By Simple Distillation And Fractional Distillation
  • Methods To Make Water Suitable For Drinking
Key Vocabulary
Atom, Boiling Point, Melting Point, Molecule, Particle, Compound, Element, Impure, Mixture, Crystallisation, Filtrate, Insoluble, Residue, Saturated, Solute, Solution, Solvent, Chromatography, Mobile Phase, Stationary Phase, Rf Value, Condense, Distillation, Evaporate, Aquifer, Chlorination, Desalination, Precipitate. Sedimentation
Atomic Structure
Key Concepts
  • Using Models To Describe The Structure Of An Atom
  • How Atomic Number And Mass Number Are Linked To Atomic Structure
  • Representing And Identifying Isotopes
Key Vocabulary
Atom, Electron, Electron Shell, Element, Neutron, Nucleus, Proton, Relative Charge, Relative Mass, Subatomic, Atomic Number, Mass Number, Periodic Table, Ar, Isotopes, Mean, Nuclear Fission, Relative Atomic Mass (RAM)
The Periodic Table
Key Concepts
  • The Arrangement And Properties Of Elements In The Periodic Table
  • The Arrangement Of Elements In The Periodic Table And Group Properties
  • Electronic Configurations Of Elements And Their Position In The Periodic Table
Key Vocabulary
Chemical Property, Periodic Table, Physical Property, Prediction, Relative Atomic Mass, Atomic Number, Group, Inert, Period, X-ray, Electronic Configuration
Ionic Bonding
Key Concepts
  • Ions And Ionic Compounds, And Representing Ionic Bonds
  • Naming Ionic Compounds And Describing Their Structure
  • Properties Of Ionic Compounds
Key Vocabulary
Anion, Bond, Cation, Electrostatic Force, Ion, Ionic Bond, Crystals, Ionic Compound, Lattice Structure, Polyatomic Ions, Anode, Aqueous Solution, Cathode
Covalent Bonding
Key Concepts
  • Covalent Bonds And The Formation Of Molecules
  • The Properties Of Covalent, Simple Molecular Compounds
  • The Structure, Bonding, Properties And Uses Of Allotropes Of Carbon
Key Vocabulary
Covalent Bond, Dot And Cross Diagram, Double Bond, Electrostatic Forces, Molecular, Molecular Formula, Molecule, Outer Electron Shell, Valency, Simple Molecular Structure. Intermolecular Force, Monomer, Polyethene, Polymer
Types of Substances
Key Concepts
  • The Properties Of Metals, Including Malleability And Electrical Conduction, And Non-metals
  • How The Structure And Bonding Of Substances Results In Different Physical Properties
Key Vocabulary
Bond, Compound, Covalent Bond, Covalent, Simple Molecular Structure, Element, Intermolecular Force, Monomer, Poly(Ethane), Polymer, Allotropes, Covalent, Giant Molecular Structure, Delocalised Electron, Fullerene, Graphene, Lubricant, Electrical Conductivity, Lattice, Malleable, Metallic Bonding, Metals, Non-metals
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Motion and Forces
Key Concepts
  • Vector and Scalar Quantities
  • Graphs, Distance/Time Graphs, s = x/t, Velocity/Time Graphs
  • Acceleration, a = (v-u)/t, Acceleration Due to Gravity (or g)
  • Calculating Resultant Forces, Drawing Diagrams Of Objects With Forces, Newton’s First Law, Differences Between Mass And Weight, Newton’s Second Law, f = m x a
  • Newton’s Third Law, Momentum, Conservation Of Momentum, Stopping Distances
Key Vocabulary
Acceleration, Displacement, Magnitude, Gradient, Instantaneous, Balanced Forces, Resultant Force, Scalar, Vector, Speed, Velocity, Centripetal Force, Mass, Weight, Gravitational Field Strength, Inertial Mass, Action-reaction Forces, Momentum, Thinking Distance, Braking Distance, Stopping Distance, Reaction Time, Stimulus, Response, Crumple Zone, Deceleration
Conservation of Energy
Key Concepts
  • The Movement Of Energy Between Different Stores
  • Examples Of Efficiency In Energy Transfers
  • Thermal Insulation And Conductivity
  • How Gravitational Potential Energy And Kinetic Energy Are Stored In Objects
  • Sources Of Non-renewable Energy And Their Uses
  • Sources Of Renewable Energy And Their Uses
Key Vocabulary
Atomic Energy, Chemical Energy, Elastic Potential Energy, Gravitational Potential Energy, Joule (J), Kinetic Energy, Nuclear Energy, Sankey Diagram, Strain Energy, System, Thermal Energy, Dissipated, Efficiency, Lubrication, Absorb, Conduction, Convection, Emit, Fluid, Infrared Radiation, Insulation, Radiation, Thermal Conductivity, Thermal Conductor, Thermal Insulator, Climate Change, Fossil Fuel, Non-renewable, Nuclear Fuel, Renewable, Uranium, Biofuel, Hydroelectricity, Solar Cell, Solar Energy, Tidal Power, Wind Turbine
Key Concepts
  • Describing Waves
  • Wave Speeds
  • Investigating Waves
  • Refraction
Key Vocabulary
Amplitude, Electromagnetic Waves, Frequency, Hertz, Longitudinal Wave, Medium, Period, Seismic Waves, Sound Waves, Transverse Wave, Velocity, Wave, Wavelength, Interface, Normal, Refraction, Absorb, Transmit, Amplify
Subject Overview:

At the beginning of Year 9 students will start their GCSE course, following the EDEXCEL curriculum. In Year 9 all students will study the Combined Science course. Students will have 5 lessons a week and will study modules consecutively, covering all 3 science subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

Students will be set at the start of their GCSE course to allow us to support each individual student but all sets will cover the same content as their peers. Setting will be frequently reviewed throughout the year.

Students will receive one piece of homework a week but are also encouraged to revise and review previous modules frequently.


At the end of each module students will sit an internal assessment to monitor their progress, this does not count towards their final assessment.