We follow the National Curriculum.

In Key Stages 1 and 2 there is a two year rolling programme which enables children to progress confidently with the same teacher, whilst meeting the objectives over two years.

Key Stage 1

Year 1: Ourselves, Sorting & Using Materials, Light & Dark, Using Electricity, Pushes & Pulls, Forces & Movements.

Year 2: Sound & Hearing, Health & Growth, Plants & Animals in Local Environment, Growing Plants, Variation, Growing & Changing Materials

Key Stage 2 Years 3 & 4

Year 1:  Teeth & eating, Helping Plants Grow Well, Characteristics of Materials, Rocks & Soils, Magnets & Springs, Light & Shadow.

Year 2:  Moving & Growing, Habitats, Keeping Warm, Solids, Liquids & how they can be separated, Friction, Circuits & Conductors.

Key Stage 2 Years 5 & 6

Year 1:  Interdependence & Adaption, Micro-organisms, More About Dissolving, Keeping Healthy, Life Cycles, Gases Around Us.

Year 2:  Changing State, Reversible & Irreversible Changes, Earth, Sun & Moon, Forces in Action, Changing Sounds, How We See Things.

Science in Senior School

Students in the senior school are taught Science by Mrs Patria and follow the National Curriculum. Learning is supported by practical work and students are encouraged to develop independent learning skills. Students in years 7 and 8 will study science at key stage 3 level. This will prepare them for their GCSEs which they will commence half way through year 9. Each pupil has their own text book. A range of resources are available to learners for homework and extension activities.

Key Stage 3

KS3 Science at Pattisons is aimed at motivating and inspiring young and active minds. Students will link their practical experience with scientific ideas and real-life situations with a strong emphasis on ‘Working Scientifically’. Students follow the ‘ActiveLearn Exploring Science course’ for the updated 2014 curriculum in Year 7, 8 and half way through year 9 before commencing OCR 21st century GCSE course. The Schemes of Work are designed to fully prepare and support every student on their journey through KS3 to KS4.

During KS3 students are encouraged to develop their skills in the following areas;
* Using investigative approaches
* Working critically with evidence
* Understanding the applications & implications of science
* Thinking scientifically
* Communicating & collaborating in science



Year 7 Year 8 Year 9


7A Life processes

7B Sexual reproduction in animals

7C Muscles and bones

7D Ecosystems



8A Food and Nutrition

8B Plants and their reproduction

8C Breathing and respiration

8D Unicellular organisms


9A Genetics and evolution

9B Plant growth

9C Biology revision and projects

9D Transition and start GCSE half way through year 9



7E Mixtures and separation

7F Acids and alkalis

7G The particle model

7H Atoms, elements and molecules



8E Combustion

8F The periodic table

8G Metals and their uses

8H Rocks


9E Making materials

9F Reactivity

9G Chemistry revision and projects

9H Transition and start GCSE half way through year 9



7I Energy

7J Current electricity

7K Forces

7L Sound


8I Fluids

8J Light

8K Energy transfers

8L Earth and space


9I Forces and motion

9J Force fields and electromagnets

9K Physics revision and projects

9L Transition and start GCSE half way through year 9


In accordance with the National Curriculum, pupils are expected to make progress in four attainment targets:

  • How Science Works
  • Organisms, their behaviour and the environment
  • Materials, their properties and the earth
  • Energy, forces and space

KS3 Assessment
Throughout the years, Students will complete a range of ‘APP tasks’. These are skills based assessments focusing on the main skill areas of science, including modelling, investigating, analysing and evaluating. Students will also be completing end of topic tests regularly that will assess them on all the Science knowledge they have covered.

Key Stage 4

At Pattison College all pupils will study for two GCSE’s in Science. The OCR 21st century 9-1 Science double award.

KS4 Assessment 
Both double award GCSEs are assessed via four examinations at the end of year 11. The exciting GCSE (9-1) Twenty First Century Science Suite will enable students to understand how science works in everyday life.

The course provides opportunities to link science to real life and develops understanding of scientific concepts, by enhancing students’ ability to plan and carry out practical investigations and their understanding of the role of experimental work.


Modules in year 10 include:


Modules in year 11 include:



B1: You and your genes

B2: Keeping healthy

B3: Living together – food and ecosystems

B4: Using food and controlling growth



B5: The human body – staying alive

B6: Life on Earth – past, present and future

B7: Ideas about science

B8: Practical techniques


C1: Air and water

C2: Chemical patterns

C3: Chemicals of the natural environment

C4: Material choices



C5: Chemical analysis

C6: Making useful chemicals

C7: Ideas about science

C8: Practical techniques


P1: Radiation and waves

P2: Sustainable energy

P3: Electric circuits

P4: Explaining motion



P5: Radioactive materials

P6: Matter – models and explanations

P7: Ideas about Science

P8: Practical techniques

KS4 assessment:

There will be four examination papers for GCSE Combined science, one for each Physics, Chemistry and Biology covering all of the chapters; the fourth paper will assess content from all chapters in the course. They will be short-answer questions worth up to three marks, structured questions and questions requiring an extended written response. The papers will assess theory, problem solving, calculations and questions about practical work. Students throughout will be assessed at the end of each module in the form a written test, recording results in the assessment logs in the front of their exercise books where recommendations on how they can improve can be found.

All students have the opportunity to perform practical science investigations, as part of the new science course, completing different investigations that belong to different ‘practical activity groups’ known as PAGs. Some of these include investigations such as; Tests for oxygen, hydrogen and carbon dioxide, measuring length of plant cells viewed under a microscope, measuring angles in refraction of light and reflection and conducting microbiological tests using aseptic technique. The investigations that are conducted throughout the course will be used to help with preparation for the fourth combined science exam where pupils will be expected to apply their knowledge of investigative skills gained from all three sciences; Biology chemistry and physics.

Students will have the opportunity to carry out activities individually in pairs and in groups. Activities include poster work, note taking and answering questions, presentations, producing spider diagrams and story boards.

At both Key Stages pupils take part in many science based activities outside school. e.g Big Bang Fair at NEC, Engineering Conference at Black Country Museum, GCSE Science in Action event at Warwick University. We also have visiting specialists e.g Warwick University’s Flash Bangs, Severn Trent; Science of water assembly as well as an STEM day at the Manufacturing and Technology centre (MTC) in Coventry.

Years 7 & 8:        3 x 70 minutes per week.

Year 9:                  3 x 70 & 1 x 35 minutes per week

Year 10:                4 x 70 minutes per week

Year 11:                3 x 70 & 2 x 35 minutes per week