Curriculum Information for Science

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie



Mrs Middleton Head of Department
Miss Grimshaw Science Teacher
Mr Sheard Science Teacher
Mr Stewart Science Teacher
Miss Crewe Science Technician

Our aim at Central Lancaster High School is to make science relevant and accessible to all. With this in mind we have planned a curriculum that enables all students to fully access all of the sciences fully. We make science relevant by linking the learning in lessons to a wide variety of every day scenarios and future careers.

Our key stage 3 curriculum builds on the foundations laid by the primary science curriculum and aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge to be successful. We offer both combined science and separate science at higher and foundation tier at GCSE so that students can pick the science pathway that is most relevant to them.

Key Stage 3
Year  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
7 Introduction to science, particle model of matter, cells, forces, variation, mixtures, heating & cooling, inheritance Solubility, elements & compounds, sound & light, classification, chemical change, solar system, health and disease Moving by force, organ systems, chemical reactions, how we see, interdependence, changes of state, electrical circuits

Practical investigation unit, organisms, matter, forces

Ecosystems, energy, chemical reactions, genetics Electromagnets, earth, waves


Key Stage 4
Year   Term 1  Term 2 Term 3
9 Separate sciences

Biology – Organisation

Chemistry – Atomic structure

Physics – Particle model part 1

Biology – Infection and response part 1

Chemistry – Structure and bonding part 1

Physics – Particle model part 2

Biology – Infection and response part 2

Chemistry - Structure and bonding part 2

Physics – Atomic structure and radiation
  Combined science

ELC Biology Component 1: The human body

ELC Chemistry Component 3: Elements, mixtures and compounds

ELC Physics Component 5: Energy, forces and the structure of matter

ELC Biology Component 2: Environment, evolution and inheritance

ELC Chemistry component 4: Chemistry in our world

ELC Physics component 6: Electricity, magnetism and waves
10 Biology Cell biology Bioenergetics Homeostasis

Quantitative chemistry

Chemical changes

Energy changes

Rates of reactions
Organic chemistry
  Physics Energy Electricity Forces
11 Biology


Inheritance part 1
Inheritance part 2  

Chemical analysis

Using resources  


Space (Separate science only)