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The curriculum intent of the Science department actively supports the overall aims and vision for the whole school’s curriculum.The Mandeville School Science department believes that the root of scientific understanding needs to build upon students' natural curiosity about themselves and how their Universe works. We aspire to ensure our students become informed and responsible individuals who are able to make critical and well-informed decisions about the environment, society and the ever-changing role that Science has in their daily lives, with the intent that we instil a lifelong passion for Science.

All students will be exposed to a wide range of subjects across the main Science disciplines with the occasional booster lesson designed and implemented based on the passions of the staff within the department. Staff members across the department bring a wide range of passions from zoology to forensics, from analytical chemistry to biochemistry. The science department understands how Science has changed our lives and others around us and understand how it is vital to the world’s future prosperity. We continue to review the curriculum offered to our students building upon the requirements of the national curriculum and the GCSE Specifications.

Throughout their time at The Mandeville School, students will acquire the knowledge, conceptual understanding and skills needed for them to make informed decisions regarding scientific contexts. To do this our students will develop their skills of scientific design and inquiry from the very first lesson within the department. They will do this by carrying out scientific investigations to push their understanding of key principals, evaluate scientific evidence to draw conclusions and gain an awareness of ever-changing theories so they can create balanced arguments. Students will then use these skills when using equipment, designing and implementing practical work and feel safe to always be able to ask questions to foster a curiosity about their surroundings.

Guided by our school motto of ‘Learning today Leading tomorrow’ students will gain a broad mix of experiences from their Science lessons. Through the acquisition of skills and understandings students will have the opportunity to experience a challenging and diverse learning environment that allows them to take risks with their learning and develop their resilience skills.  The schemes of work have been developed to build upon their previous knowledge so students feel their learning is a continuation across each of the years and allows them to show progression. To do this the science lessons have been planned for inclusion for all students with lessons and tasks being differentiated to allow this to happen.

Teaching Staff

Subject Leader
Chris Penson
2nd in Department
Janessa Bryant

Frances Aylen
Sue Birch
Christine Donohoe
Susan Longden
Roxanne Mitchell
John Sulola

Tilly Bailey
Mary Grant

 Curriculum overview:

Key Stage 3- content summary

Year 7

Lab Safety

Light and Sound

Elements and the periodic table



Health and Lifestyle

Atoms and Compounds

Our Planet Earth

Particle theory


Year 8

Living Organisms

Chemical reactions

Life on Earth

Metals and their reactions

Forces and motion

Electricity and magnetism

Acids, bases and Alkalis

Adaptations and genetics


Year 9

Year 9 students will start off their Year with working on assessed practicals to ensure they have all of the skills required for them to create, implement and critique Scientific experimentation. They will then start working on the foundation knowledge required for them to be successful with their GCSE’s.

KS4 - Content Summary

Students completing GCSEs in Science will cover the following broad topics:

  1. Cell biology
  2. Organisation
  3. Infection and Response
  4. Bioenergetics
  5. Coordination and Control
  6. Genetics
  7. Variation and Evolution
  8. Ecology in Action
  9. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  10. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  11. Quantitative chemistry
  12. Chemical changes
  13. Energy changes
  14. The rate and extent of chemical change
  15. Organic chemistry
  16. Chemical analysis
  17. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  18. Using resources
  19. Energy
  20. Electricity
  21. Particle model of matter
  22. Atomic structure
  23. Forces
  24. Waves
  25. Magnetism and electromagnetism

Specifications (AQA) for KS4

AQA GCSE 'Trilogy' Specification

AQA GCSE Biology Specification (triple)

AQA GCSE Chemistry Specification (triple)

AQA GCSE Physics Specification (triple)



Here you can find the curriculum maps for Science for the academic year 2019-20. This is subject to change as we move through the year, especially the Year 11 section. As we approach the final exams the topics revised will be based on the needs of the students and therefore cannot be set at this stage.

Key Stage 3 - Year 7

Year 7 - Group Curie
Year 7 - Group Darwin

- Laboratory safety
- Light and sound
- Reproduction
- Elements and the periodic table
- Health and lifestyle
- Space
- Atoms and compounds
- Our planet Earth
- Particle theory

Key Stage 3 - Year 8

Year 8 - Group Edison
Year 8 - Group Franklin

- Chemical reactions
- Life on Earth
- Living organisms
- Metals and their reactions
- Movement
- Acids, bases and alkali
- Electricity and magnets
- Forces
- Adaptations and genetics
- Energy

Key Stage 4 - Years 9, 10 and 11

All students study Science (Double). Triple Science is available as an Option Subject.

Science (Double) GCSE
Triple Science GCSE

Year 9 - Double Science
Year 9 - Triple Science
Year 10 - Double Science
Year 10 - Triple Science

Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)

Biology A Level
Chemistry A Level
Physics A Level
Psychology A Level

All information is subject to change

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