Science is studied by all students throughout their 5 years at Icknield High School. The curriculum we offer makes science accessible to all students and will allow them to progress to further study of science post-16 should they wish to.

Through studying science students will be able to:

  • Gain understanding of key concepts to help them solve problems in unfamiliar situations.
  • Use scientific methods of investigation to solve problems.
  • Use experimentation and modelling to develop and evaluate explanations.
  • Appreciate the contribution science makes to society and realise that applying science can lead to moral and ethical questions.
  • Discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change affecting industry, business and medicine.
  • Appreciate the powerful, but provisional nature of scientific knowledge and explanation, and understand that science is always developing.
  • Understand that learning in science contributes to personal development because the interest and curiosity shown need to be balanced by an awareness of health and safety matters and respect for living things and the environment.
  • Access post-16 science courses at a variety of levels.
  • Access careers in science and technology at a variety of levels.
  • Be successful learners who enjoy learning, making progress and achieving.
  • Be confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Be responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Above all science should fire students’ imaginations and tap into their natural curiosity about the way the world works.


Key Stage 3

All students follow a course based on the National Curriculum in science. This includes biology, chemistry and physics topics, as well as the key “How Science Works” component which develops the key scientific areas of practical investigation and thinking skills. This helps to cultivate observation, prediction and problem solving in preparation for GCSE.  The programme is taught as 36 units over two years with twelve topics from each discipline.

Homework is set every week in science, with some homework tasks being completed online. It is expected that homework should take 30-45 minutes to complete at Key Stage 3. Assessment is based on end of topic test and end of term exams which test subject knowledge and science skills.

All students have 6 science lessons per fortnight in Years 7 and 8.

Key stage 4

Students will begin studying KS4 science at the start of Year 9

There are currently four curriculum routes, each suited to a different group of students:

  1. Single Science: Core Science GCSE – offered to students predicted grade D or below
  2. Double science: Core Science GCSE and Additional Science GCSE – offered to students predicted grade C or above
  3. Triple science: Biology GCSE, Chemistry GCSE and Physics GCSE – offered to students predicted grade B or above in science and maths
  4. Entry Level Science: – offered to the small number of students for whom a course leading to GCSE examinations does not represent a realistic or appropriate goal

All GCSEs include controlled assessments undertaken during the course and examinations at the end of the course. Entry Level Science includes structured tests, taken in normal lessons and two assessment tasks.

Students have 6 science lessons per fortnight in Year 9 and 8 lessons per fortnight in Years 10 and 11. Students taking Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs must choose triple science as one of their options and will have a further 5 lessons per fortnight.

Homework is set every week in science, and it is expected that this should take up to 60 minutes to complete at Key Stage 4.