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Gladesmore Community School

Gladesmore Community School


“Science is a subject where asking questions is just as important as answering them.”

KS4 Specification

AQA GCSE Science: Combined (Trilogy)

AQA GCSE Science: Triple (Physics, Chemistry and Biology)

National Curriculum

Gladesmore Community School prides ourselves on delivering the breadth and ambition of the National Curriculum.

Curriculum Intent

Science is a subject where asking questions is just as important as answering them. The Science Faculty at Gladesmore Community School endeavours to give students the opportunity to explore the impact that Science has on their lives and how it is a force for good at tackling some of the greatest challenges that are faced on a local and global scale. Through the exploration of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, students are encouraged to think critically and draw on their cross-curricular understanding to make sense of the world around them. Science is a rigorous and empowering subject where hard work and enthusiasm is rewarded with a full range of knowledge and understanding, from the vast universe to miniscule microorganisms — and everything in between. 

All students will study Biology, Chemistry and Physics units, as set out by the National Curriculum, throughout their time at Gladesmore. We are conscious that when students join us in year 7 they often have varied experience of science and common misconceptions about the world around them. This is why our KS3 curriculum is structured to scaffold and stretch students’ understanding of the foundations in science, starting with topics exploring cells, energy and the particle model of matter.  Practical work is embedded into lessons to ignite curiosity whilst also developing students’ abilities to analyse and evaluate data. Students can often find these mathematical elements of Science challenging and we have a strong cross-curricular focus which encourages students to draw on their skills and understanding from different disciplines. 

Teachers create inclusive classroom environments where students feel valued and confident to offer their opinions and experiences. As our students progress to GCSE science they have the opportunity to study Combined Science or Triple Science. These courses build upon the scientific fundamentals explored in KS3. During KS4, students revisit core scientific ideas in increasing depth, with the Triple Science course best suited to those most enthusiastic about pursuing a scientific career. Our Science teachers come from a diverse range of academic and industry backgrounds and regularly draw on recent scientific developments to bring relevance to the classroom. Students are encouraged to ask questions and explore socio-scientific issues in science such as climate change, medical ethics and sustainable technologies. These lessons inevitably lead to vibrant debates and classroom discussions. 

Throughout their time at Gladesmore, students have the opportunity to participate in a range of extracurricular activities and trips in Science. Through these experiences, we aim to foster a perception of Science as an area of study that is inclusive and progressive. Each year, we take a number of students to the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, where they meet scientists carrying out cutting edge international research. This, and other similar experiences, raise students’ aspirations and give context to their learning.

Many of our students go on to successful study on Science courses at colleges and sixth-forms.  Our strong links with local schools give students the opportunity to be better prepared for this transition. Irrespective of whether our students decide to pursue science beyond GCSE, our aim is for them to leave school having enjoyed studying a rich and varied Science curriculum which equips them better for life’s challenges.

Curriculum Summary

Year 7 

  • Cells & Reproduction
  • Particles & Solutions
  • Energy & Heat Transfer
  • Human Body, Food & Respiration
  • Forces & Solar System
  • Acids & Alkalis
  • Rocks & Weathering
  • Revision Skills: Variables and Graphs

Year 8 

  • Inheritance, Selection & Photosynthesis
  • Light and Sound
  • Microbes, Disease and Ecology
  • Atoms, Elements, Compounds, Mixtures, Metals & Reactivity
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Speeding Up, Pressure & Moments
  • Revision Skills: Numeracy

Year 9 

  • The Periodic Table
  • Compounds — Structure & Properties
  • Microscopes, Cells & Transport Pathways
  • Plant & Animal Organ Systems
  • Fundamentals Of Energy 
  • Solids, Liquids & Gases 
  • Revision Skills: Extended Graph Skills

Year 10 

Physics 1

  • P1 — Energy
  • P2 — Electricity
  • P3 — Particle Model Of Matter
  • P4 — Atomic Structure

Chemistry 1

  • C1 — Atomic Structure & The Periodic Table
  • C2 — Bonding, Structure & Properties Of Matter
  • C3 — Quantitative Chemistry
  • C4 — Chemical Changes
  • C5 — Energy Changes

Biology 1

  • B1 — Cell Biology
  • B2 — Organisation
  • B3 — Infection & Response
  • B4 — Bioenergetics

Year 11 

Biology 2

  • B5 — Homeostasis & Response
  • B6 — Inheritance, Variation & Evolution
  • B7 — Ecology

Physics 2

  • P5 — Forces
  • P6 — Waves
  • P7 — Magnetism & Electromagnetism
  • P8 — Space Physics (Triple Science only)

Chemistry 2

  • C6 — The Rate & Extent Of Chemical Changes
  • C7 — Organic Chemistry
  • C8 — Chemical Analysis
  • C9 — Chemistry Of The Atmosphere
  • C10 — Using Resources



Gladesmore Community School
Crowland Road
N15 6EB


020 8800 0884