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‘Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge’ (Carl Sagan) 

A basic human motivator is to try to understand WHAT, WHY and HOW.  

  • What happened? 

  • Why did something happen?  

  • How does something work?  

Curiosity about the world around us is at the foundation of invention and creativity. Science at Court Moor nurtures that curiosity, satisfying some of that yearning to understand WHAT, WHY and HOW.  

  • WHAT actions we can take to reduce the impact of climate change? 
  • WHY is a year what it is on Earth?  
  • HOW are all organisms connected by the long thin thread of evolutionary change?  

In Science lessons we teach our students that using critical thinking and evidence to create solutions might be the key in helping to solve some of the world problems. 

There is also a very real effect on the brain and mind that comes from studying Science. Developing a scientific approach to questioning and determining answers is an important skill for life in general, and Science can dramatically increase an individual’s capacity for reasoning and logical thought.  

‘Equipped with our senses, humans explore the universe around us and call this adventure Science’ (adapted from a quote by Edward P Hubble) 

Key Stage 3

All Students follow a themed approach to science to assist them with understanding how their learning links to their everyday experiences. 

Working Scientifically – the methodology for carrying out scientific investigations 

Court Fest – aspects of Science which are linked to running a festival such as Glastonbury (Light, Sound, Staying Healthy, Force & motion) 

The Scale of Everything – Science studies the very smallest particles all the way to the vastness of the whole universe (Elements, atoms & compounds, Living cells, Space) 

Bear Grylls – What Science do we need to know so that we could survive if stranded on an uninhabited island? (Human circulation and breathing, States of matter, Combustion, Separating techniques, Density & pressure) 

Patterns in Science – The essence of Science is to describe and understand the complexity of the patterns forming the world around us (Periodic table, Chemical reactions, Magnetism, Energy, Acids & alkalis, Classification) 

Using resources – Developing an awareness of how humans use the Earth’s resources for survival and progress (The earth, Material science) 

Maintaining a fish tank – A fish tank is more than just a bowl of water. What scientific principles do we need to know in order to keep our fish alive and healthy? (Ecosystems, Plant health, Electricity, Changing conditions)  

Growth and Change – The journey from fertilisation to a fully grown organism (human and plant reproduction, Inheritance) 

Biochemistry – An introduction to the overlap between human biology and the chemical reactions required for life (The chemistry of food & digestion, Respiration)  

Key Stage 4

All Students complete GCSEs in science and will cover the following broad topics: 

Biology - Cells and organisation. Disease and bioenergetics. Biological responses. Genetics and reproduction. Ecology. 

Chemistry - Atoms, bonding and moles. Chemical reactions and energy changes. Rates, equilibrium and organic chemistry. Analysis and the Earth’s resources. 

Physics - Energy and energy resources. Particles and work. Forces in action. Waves, electromagnetism and space. 

Some students will be selected to follow the Separate Sciences curriculum as they move into Year 11, gaining 3 GCSE grades. For other students, the Combined Science GCSE provides the best opportunities for progress, achieving 2 GCSE grades at end of their GCSE studies.

To contact curriculum leader for science


Subject Documents Date  
AQA 8461 Biology 07th Jul 2021 Download
AQA 8462 Chemistry 07th Jul 2021 Download
AQA 8463 Physics 07th Jul 2021 Download
AQA 8464 Combined Science Trilogy 07th Jul 2021 Download
Science Curriculum Map 2021-22 05th Nov 2021 Download