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Science at Bedale High School

Everyone studies science at Bedale High School from Y7 to Y11.  It is vital in understanding the world around us.  Where did we come from?  What else is out there?  Why do chemicals react together?  How do we digest our food?  What causes magnetism?

Science not only provides you with information to help you live a healthy, informed life surrounded by new technology, but also prepare you for a lot of career paths.  Science is important not just for science-based degrees such as medicine, veterinary science, nursing, midwifery, computer science, forensic science, radiography, pharmacology, astrophysics and engineering.  Science is also extremely useful in any career to do with people such as social work, psychology, sociology and health and social care.  Science is also very useful for any career to do with materials and chemicals such as mechanics and vehicle repair, electrician, building and construction.


KS3 Science topics (Y7 and Y8):


Organisms, Ecosystems, Genes


Matter, Reactions, Earth


Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves

KS4 Science topics (Y9, Y10 and Y11):

We study the AQA science syllabus.  We use the double combined trilogy specification and the triple science specifications.  All students will be entered for combined science which is equivalent to two GCSE’s. However, some students will be entered for triple science.


B1 Cell Biology, B2 Organisation, B3 Infection and response, B4 Bioenergetics, B5 Homeostasis and response, B6 Inheritance, Variation and Evolution, B7 Ecology


C1 Atomic structure and periodic table, C2 Bonding, structure and properties of matter, C3 Quantitative chemistry, C4 Chemical changes, C5 Energy changes, C6 Rate and extent of chemical change, C7 Organic chemistry, C8 Chemical analysis, C9 Chemistry of the atmosphere, C10 Using resources


P1 Energy, P2 Electricity, P3 Particle model of matter, P4 Atomic structure, P5 Forces, P6 Waves, P7 Magnetism and electromagnetism, P8 Space physics (triple science students only)

GCSE Revision Questions:


KS3 and KS4 students are assessed on each topic by using a range of homeworks, Kerboodle online quizzes and written end of topic tests.


KS3 and KS4 students should receive homework each week.  This might be testing their understanding of what was covered in class, applying knowledge to new situation, or researching an upcoming topic.  All homework should be recorded by teachers on Show my homework website.

Extracurricular opportunities

A large number of Science trips are run each year.  One of the most long-standing trips is “GCSE Science Live” where KS4 students get to listen to 5 famous Scientists talk about their work and interesting topics in Science.  Lord Professor Robert Winston talking about human fertility is always fascinating.  Another regular trip is Y7 visit to Thorp Perrow to study ecology, variation and habitats.  We run lots of smaller trips throughout the year as and when we get informed of them by providers.  For example we have been to the “Chemistry at Work” event day University of York, the “Big Bang Fair” at University of Teesside and “Getting girls into STEM” day at RAF Leeming.