Science is part of every aspect of our lives, and arguably one of the most important subjects students study at the academy.

It is how our bodies work, why we become ill, how we get well, our impact on the world around us and how that world works. It is key to students’ understanding of moral and ethical issues, such as what their part in global warming should be, whether we should allow stem cell research and what we should do about the energy crisis that will affect the world in their lifetimes. There is no aspect of a student’s life that science does not touch, and all students are entitled to the opportunity to develop their understanding of these things.

Science Department

NameInitialsE-mailTelephone
Mrs Susanne DavisonSDsdavison@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1042
Mr James PeartJPjpeart@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1046
Mrs Victoria PhillipsVPvphillips@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1073
Mr Martin AbrahamMAmabraham@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1079
Mrs Donnamarie Benvin-DuffieldDBDdbenvin-duffield@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1079
Mr Peter CampbellPCpcampbell@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1079
Mr Chris ChalmersCSCcchalmers@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1079
Mr Sean ChuhanSSCschuhan@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 304550 ext.3001
Mrs Nicola CollinsNCSncollins@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1079
Mr Alan DavisonASDadavison@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1079
Mrs Hannah GrantHSGhgrant@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1079
Mr Gary LeachGLgleach@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 304550 ext.3007
Miss Aniela McGrathAMSamcgrath@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1079
Mr James SkeltonJSSjskelton@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1052
Mr Peter WilsonPWpwilson@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 304550 ext.3007
Mrs Ally ZaitschenkoAZazaitschenko@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.1079

Year 6 Transition

The transition work we do at the end of year 6, before students join us focusses on building the skills needed to work in a science lab, and is mainly practical. This allows students to build their confidence in an unfamiliar setting and to test out some of the knowledge that they gained at KS2. The lessons they then start in September are designed to bridge the gap between KS2 and 3, and to set them up ready for GCSEs.

Key stage 3

KS3 Science sets the foundations for GCSEs and A-Levels. We offer lessons which are accessible for all students in the class and we create opportunities in every lesson for students to push beyond their target grades. We encourage a ‘can do’ attitude and prepare solid foundations to aid rapid progress with an awareness of how skills transfer to other subjects and the real-world. There are lots of opportunities to benefit from extra support when required.

Year 7

Autumn Spring Summer
  • B1 Cells + Microscopes
  • C1 Particle Model of Matter
  • P1 Energy 1 Space 1
  • Test
  • B2 Reproduction
  • C2 Atoms, Elements and compounds
  • P2 Forces 1 Matter 1
  • Test
  • B3 Plants and photosynthesis
  • C3 Reactions + equations
  • P3 Electricity + mag 1 Waves 1
  • Test

Year 8

Autumn Spring Summer
  • B4 Ecology + Food webs
  • C4 Separation techniques
  • P4 Energy 2 Space 2
  • Test
  • B5 Pathogens + Disease
  • C5 Periodic table
  • P5 Forces 2 Matter 2
  • Test
  • B6 Fit + Healthy (gas exchange and Nutrition + digestion)
  • C6 Combustion
  • P6 Electricity + mag 2 Waves 2
  • Test

Year 9

Autumn Spring Summer
  • B7 Respiration + Circulation
  • C7 Reactions of acids (with ref to metals and non metals)
  • P7 Energy 3 Space 3
  • Test
  • B8 Classification + Evolution
  • C8 Reactivity series of metals/non metals
  • P8 Forces 3 Matter 3
  • Test
  • B9 Body Building
  • C9 The Earth and its Resources
  • P9 Electricity + Mag 3 Waves 3
  • Test

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS3 can be found here.

Key stage 4

At KS4 we aim to provide students with the best qualification route to suit their abilities and aspirations. To this end we currently offer GCSEs in all three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), GCSEs in Science and Additional Science for our year 11s) and the equivalent in year 10 is called Trilogy Science (a double GCSE). The aim of having such a broad range of qualifications is to ensure that each student will be able to reach their full potential and be ready for the next stage of their lives.

Y10 AQA Trilogy Paper 1 Overview

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
  • Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Cells Exchange and transport – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Energy – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Bonding, structure and the properties of matter – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Organ systems, transport and disease – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Electricity – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Moles – Synoptic progress test and intervention

Y10 AQA Trilogy Paper 2 Overview

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
  • The rate and extent of chemical change – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Communication and Homeostasis – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Forces – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Forces (continued) – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Organic Chemistry – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Genes, Inheritance and evolution – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Forces and Motion – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Forces and Motion (continued) – Synoptic progress test and intervention
  • Chemical Analysis – Synoptic progress test and intervention

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS4 can be found here.

Key stage 5

The sciences at KS5 are delivered via AS and A Level Biology Chemistry and Physics. These stretch even the most able students and are the ideal base for moving on to university. All three sciences develop the students’ practical and transferable skills, making them more independent and able to move forward on their chosen path.

A Level Chemistry Overview

Module 5
Rates, Equilibrium, Acid-base equilibria, Lattice enthalpy, Entropy and free energy, Electochemical cells, Redox, and Transition elements.

Module 6
Aromatic Compounds, Carboxylic Acids and Esters, Amines and Amino acids, Polymerisation, Synthesis, and Analytical techniques.

AS Chemistry Overview

Module 2
Atomic structure and isotopes, Compounds, formulae and equations, Amount of substance, Acids, Redox, Electron structure, and Bonding and structure.

Module 3
Periodicity, Group 2, The halogens, Qualitative analysis, Enthalpy changes, Reaction rates, and Equilibrium.

Module 4
Basic hydrocarbon concepts, Alkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes, Organic synthesis, and Analytical techs.

A Level Biology Overview

Module 5
Communication and homeostasis, Excretion as an example of homeostatic control, Neuronal communication, Hormonal communication, Plant and animal responses, Photosynthesis, and Respiration.

Module 6
Ecosystems, Populations and sustainability, Cellular control, Patterns of inheritance, Manipulating genomes, and Cloning and biotechnology.

AS Biology Overview

Module 1
Development of practical skills

Module 2
Cell structure, Biological molecules, Nucleic acids, Enzymes, Biological membranes, and nucleic acids.

Module 3
Exchange and transport, and Transport in animals and plants.

Module 4
Disease and the immune system, Biodiversity, and Classification and evolution.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS5 can be found here.