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Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to provide students with the knowledge of interactions between biological, chemical and physical systems that enables them to explain everyday experiences. We endeavour to empower students with the knowledge required to continue questioning the world around them beyond their Grace journey.

Students will gain key skills which will facilitate their investigation of scientific ideas both theoretically and practically, as well as through extra-curricular events, encouraging a healthy curiosity about the nature of the universe. This allows our students to "think like a scientist", from both a knowledge and skills-based perspective.

Science at Grace Academy will foster an approach that allows our students to recognise the diversity of scientists and promote and ignite aspirations for a career in a scientific field. 

This term, we will be studying...



Why this? Why Now?


  • How do organisms reproduce?
  • How can we use electricity?
  • How can we separate a mixture?
  • Links together a number of upcoming topics
  • Practical work allows the introduction of some new equipment
  • Develops ideas learned in Term 1


  • How do things get hot?
  • How do we use waves?
  • What is a chemical reaction?
  • Builds on ideas about energy from term 1
  • Develops their understanding of the chemistry of the reactions studied in earlier topics


  • How do I breathe?
  • What is in the Earth’s atmosphere?
  • How can we use electricity and magnets?
  • Develops ideas about pressure 
  • Builds on their understanding of respiration and photosynthesis and their role in the development of the atmosphere
  • Introduces the topic of magnetism and sets a foundation for the study of electricity and magnetism in KS4


  • How does structure and bonding affect a substance’s properties?
  • How are non-communicable and communicable diseases treated and prevented?
  • How do electrons behave in circuits?
  • How is electricity transmitted, domestically? 
  • How is energy stored and transferred?
  • Develops work already done in human biology
  • Deepens explanations of chemical reactions and properties of substances
  • Continues from the foundation built in Year 9 about electricity to explore in detail more ideas about the generation and use of electricity


  • How do Newton’s laws apply to the world around us?
  • How have species evolved over time and what’s our evidence for this?
  • How do organisms (including humans) affect each other in an ecosystem?
  • What are the uses of and problems caused by hydrocarbons?
  • How are magnetism and electricity linked?
  • What factors must we consider when using Earth’s resources?
  • Chemistry follows a chronological theme of formation of the atmosphere, extraction of natural resources and their impact on the climate
  • Many key ideas about human biology are brought together in Homeostasis 
  • Ecology brings together many ideas about survival of organisms and how they interact with their environment that students have considered in previous topics
  • Forces allows students further opportunity to practise calculations and bring together ideas about motion as well as Force
  • Magnetism is a challenging topic and follows on well from our work on electricity





A Level Biology

Year 12

  • Immunity
  • Cell division
  • Animal transport
  • Genetics and evolution

Year 13

  • Energy and ecosystems
  • Survival and response
  • Homeostasis
  • Controlling gene expression
  • Genetic technologies

Year 12

Having completed units of the fundamental principles of Biology in term 1, Year 12 will now be applying these ideas to specific biological systems.


Year 13

Students are studying a range of genetic topics this term, building on their knowledge of inheritance. 

As in Year 11, students are completing work on ecology and survival bringing together a range of ideas about biological systems and their interactions. 

A Level Chemistry 

(Year 12 only)

  • Energetics
  • Kinetics 
  • Equilibria
  • Reaction Mechanisms
  • Alkanes
  • Haloalkanes
  • Alkenes

Students are continuing their study of Physical chemistry, following on from Bonding. This will explain how reactions take place and sets a foundation for Thermodynamics in Year 13.


Students were introduced to Organic Chemistry last time and how scientists name organic compounds. This term they will be studying different homologous series’ in detail

A Level Physics

  • Resistivity & Circuits
  • Electromotive Force
  • Constituent of the Atom
  • Radiation
  • Classification of Particles
  • Particle Interactions
  • Conservation Laws
  • Photoelectric effect

Student continue their work on Electricity from Term 1, finishing with the electromotive force. 

They move on to learning about particles and the standard model as another fundamental principle of Physics. 


Qualification information:

Trilogy (Combined Science):




A-Level Biology:

A-Level Chemistry:

A-Level Physics:

BTEC Applied Science:

Curriculum content:

Attached are the curriculum maps which outline the sequence we use in order to structure our learning. Our science department have gone even further and provided a detailed breakdown and justification of our curriculum approach (both attached). If you would like to support your child's learning, we have attached links to Oak National Academy who provide lessons, activities and resources for commonly taught topics. Please use the curriculum map for this subject before visiting:

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