Here at Sutton School we aim to give pupils the opportunity to access an age appropriate science curriculum. We endeavour to stimulate pupils to develop an understanding of the biological, chemical and physical aspects of our shared world. To this end we use practical work to engage pupils. Science is used to develop literacy, mathematics, ICT and the motor skills of pupils in a variety of stimulating contexts. Through studying controversial topics such as genetics and nuclear fuels we hope to give pupils the skills to express their opinion when faced with moral dilemmas.

Years 7 and 8

Pupils study a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics.

The biology topics include exploring the processes of life (namely: movement, reproduction, sensitivity, growth, respiration, excretion and nutrition), the building blocks of living things (i.e. cells) and the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

The chemistry topics develop pupils understanding of the need to work safely.  Pupils learn to classify substances (e.g. acidic, neutral or alkaline; mixtures or pure; reactive or unreactive). They explore some metals (such as, iron, steel, aluminium, copper, silver and gold), how they are extracted, their uses, reactivity and the importance of recycling.  Pupils study a variety of fuels, in particular, crude oil. They also explore the use of oil in the production of plastics.

The physics topics study the features and uses of magnets (e.g. the compass, loudspeakers, microphones and MRI scanners). Pupils study forces and their effects. They explore the Solar System and its place in the Universe.


Years 9, 10 and 11

Pupils develop their study of science whilst working towards OCR Entry Level and / or GCSE qualifications. Most pupils aim to complete an Entry Level qualification by the end of Year 11. Some pupils endeavour to achieve an Entry Level and GCSE qualification by the end of Year 11.

Years 9 and 10 

Entry Level topics are studied alongside similar GCSE topics. Year 9 and 10 pupils have embarked upon a new double award science course.

Pupils study a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics. 

The biology topics further develop pupils’ knowledge of cells and the processes of life, in particular, respiration and photosynthesis. Furthermore pupils will study the nervous and hormonal systems. 

The chemistry topics further develop the ideas of particles, purity and separation techniques. In addition pupils explore atomic structure, the Periodic Table and chemical reactions.  

The physics topics revisit the particle model and the states of matter. Pupils will further develop their understanding of forces (including motion and Newton’s Laws), magnetism and electricity.

Useful websites

BBC Bitesize - Biology

BBC Bitesize - Chemistry

BBC Bitesize - Physics

Year 11

Year 11 pupils will complete their Entry Level and GCSE courses. 

Pupils study a range of biology, chemistry and physics topics.  

The biology topics explore how living things are classified and how they are interdependent. Pupils will study ecosystems, adaptations and Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection.  

The chemistry topics explore the structure of the Earth including plate tectonics. Pupils go on to study the Earth’s resources including construction materials (e.g. limestone, granite, cement and concrete) and metal ores. Pupils further develop their knowledge of the extraction and use of metals. In addition they will study the components of air. 

The physics topics explore energy resources including fuels and alternative energy resources. Pupils will develop their understanding of the greenhouse effect and global warming. They will study nuclear radiation and nuclear power. In addition pupils will study our place in the universe, SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence ) and space exploration.

Useful Websites

BBC Bitesize - Biology

BBC Bitesize - Chemistry

BBC Bitesize - Physics

Further Resources

Earth Timeline

The BBC site entitled The Earth is a wonderful site to teach GCSE pupils about the Earth and to inspire younger pupils too. There are short videos with rich visuals that cover all the key points: volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, the atmosphere and dinosaurs.

Climate Change

This is an attractive website that outlines the climate basics. There are some useful animations with audio. There is a lot of information for pupils aged 14 - 18 years.