Mrs E Smith

Head of Science

Miss S Niblock

Head of Science

Mr S Ford

Teacher of Science and Food Preparation & Nutrition

Mr P Knight

Teacher of Science

Mr L Duckworth

Teacher of Science

Ms K Lea

Teacher of Science
Physical Education

Mr A Bradshaw

Teacher of PE & Science

Mrs L Barber

Teacher of Science

Mrs C Draga-Williams

Teacher of Science

Mrs L Applin

Teacher of Science



In the science team at The Hamble School we have a diverse range of subject specialist teachers and are supported by three science technicians. Science lessons are delivered in the purpose build Sydney block which has seven purpose built laboratories. Our vision is for all students to develop a love of science. By insisting our students use their scientific enquiry skills in our lessons, we challenge them to discover the answers to their own questions. We believe that by thinking and acting as a scientist our students will have a better understanding of the world they live in.

Through sharing our passion for science in active and engaging lessons we instil a sense of purpose for science in every students life. This supports us in making steps towards our vision of all students achieve good and excellent levels of progress to achieve two or three 9-5 grades in their GCSEs.

Students in Year 7 and 8 follow a discovery lead curriculum which is centred around the Big Ideas of science; cells, energy, forces and particles. This new five year curriculum feeds in directly to the new GCSEs where students will achieved numbered grades from 2017.

This academic Year has seen our Year 9 students begin their journey towards the new GCSE programme focusing on the expected curriculum content with a focus on practical skills. In year 10 and 11 students are working towards the current AQA Science GCSEs either on the Trilogy Combined Science or Trilogy Separate Science pathways.

KS3 Overview

Science is taught to all students in Year 7 and 8 in seven lessons a fortnight. They will experience all three science disciplines; biology, chemistry and physics. Our curriculum is designed to encourage students to think and ask questions through discovery led learning.

Students will begin their learning journey with a topic called “Becoming a Scientist” where they will learn all the skills needed to investigate new ideas. Students will then use these skills to explore different topics to stretch and deepen their understanding of the four Big Ideas of science, particles, cells, forces and energy.

Each topic focuses on forming links between the Big Ideas by students, working out implications of their learning and practical investigations. In each topic students demonstrate their development of practical enquiry skills. During each topic students will complete a keyword definition recall, task checking their revision skills. They will also complete an extended writing task in which they get to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding; developing literacy skills.

Lessons in science are largely practical based. Students will learn how to plan and conduct experiments. This will allow them to make conclusions and evaluations about the evidence gathered to support new concepts and ideas. An overview of the skills taught can be found in the ladders as a pdf download. One of the laboratories has a PC suite which support students in gathering secondary evidence to support their findings from practical investigations.

A KS3 STEM club takes place weekly for students to complete exciting practicals to stretch and challenge their understanding developed in lessons. Students can be supported during homework tasks where they are asked to learn keyword definitions, review prior knowledge and prepare for extended writing tasks; discreetly developing their revision skills. Students should be able to recite the definition of the 20 keywords for each topic they are to learn.

Activities to support this:

  • Students give the definition when told the keyword.
  • Students give the keyword when told the definition.
  • Your child will be challenged to explain anything in technology or nature using their knowledge of the Big Ideas, using the news for inspiration of topics.

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Year 7

Year 7 KS3 Science Overview

Year 8

Year 8 KS3 Science Overview

KS4 Overview

Science can be studied through two new pathways AQA Trilogy Combined Science or AQA Trilogy Separate Sciences. The Separate Science route is most suited to students who are passionate about science and wish to continue studying science once they leave the school. Although students may be on the pathway to study separate sciences in year 9 and 10 a decision on who will be entered for the exams will not be made until after the year 10 end of year exams. This can still be changed throughout year 11 to ensure students get the best grades possible.

Year 10 and 11 Students

Our current Year 10 and 11 students study combined science or separate sciences. In the combined science award students obtain a double weighted GCSE that is equiliabent to two single GCSE’s, the grading reflects the quality of the grade for example a grade of a 6-6 is a higher grade than a 6-5. The alternative pathway is to study the three disciplines of science (biology, chemistry and physics) separately in separate science. The separate science route is most suited to students who are passionate about science and wish to continue studying science in further education.

Both the KS4 pathways follow the AQA specification.

  • Combined Science: students sit six 1 hour and 15 minute exam papers at the end of Year 11. This qualification is 100% examined.
  • Separate Science: Students sit six 1 hour and 45 minute exam papers at the end of Year 11. This qualification is 100% examined.
  • Practical skills will be tested within each of the exam papers Required Practicals. Getting to grips with basic terminology and equipment will help to gain points in exams. Students study these through Required Practical booklets throughout KS4.

Each week students are set homework to help them review and revise previous content studied in earlier years in science.

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Revision Guides

  • Science– Collins AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics revision guide and work books. Available to purchase at a discounted price of £12 for all three through the finance office or online through the school payment system.

Useful Websites

Wider reading and activities:

Wider reading and activities:

Career Opportunities

Earth and Environmental Science

Physical Science