Science curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy

The science department’s vision is to develop curious and critical thinkers.

We intend to develop:

. confident recall and understanding of scientific concepts and the scientific process

. an understanding of how their bodies work and how they can look after them

. an understanding of the world around them and why we should take care of it

. the ability to question science in the news and make informed and ethical opinions about the scientific questions facing society.

Sequencing of lessons

​Lessons have been sequenced so that fundamental concepts of energy, forces, matter and cells are built upon in later lessons. (See curriculum road map for more details.)  How science works skills, transferrable skills and cultural capital are built into the lessons to enrich learning.

Year 7 sequence (2021) An introduction to Scientific processes 1; Matter; Energy (builds on matter); Organisms (builds on matter and energy); Reactions (builds on matter and energy); Organisms 2 (links to reactions); Forces (link to organisms and builds on energy); Scientific processes 2

Year 8 sequence (2021) Energy 1; Matter 2; Genes 2; Energy 2; Reactions 2; Electricity; Earth science;  Ecosystems 2; Waves 1; Waves 2; Scientific processes 3

Example year 9 (Combined Science physics)

Year 9 sequence Physics (2021) KS3 Energy; KS3 Forces; KS3 Space; KS3 Electricity; KS3/GCSE particle model overlap, KS3/GCSE Energy overlap; KS3/GCSE overlap forces and motion

Example KS4 (Combined Science physics)

Year 10 sequence (2021) Linking Energy and Forces;  GCSE Waves; GCSE Atomic structure; GCSE Force basics; GCSE Energy; GCSE forces in action

Year 11 sequence  (2021) Paper 2 preparation; Mock exam; Paper 1 preparation; Mock exam; Analysis of paper will determine gaps and teaching sequence from March 2022


Assessment takes place in all lessons with pupils self and peer assessing their work against model answers.

Pupils are given opportunity to recall information from previous lessons in low stake quizzes in every lesson.

Formative assessments consist of multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response question types allowing pupils to demonstrate the ability to recall and apply knowledge and understanding, and analyse information.

Formal KS3 assessments take place twice during each unit of work (2-3 times per half term).

Formal KS4 assessments are more extensive and take place at the end of each unit.

Curriculum in action