The Science department at Longfield are committed to creating scientifically literate pupils, who contribute to and understand the changing nature of Science in the 21st Century.

Throughout their time studying Science at Longfield, pupils will complete topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics; gaining a great breadth and depth of knowledge in each discipline. Whilst developing scientific knowledge, pupils will also advance their understanding of scientific enquiry through practical work. Science lessons also contribute to the pupil’s transferable skill development; particularly in literacy and numeracy.

The department is committed to providing pupils with extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities. In recent years the Science department has organised visits to the Centre for Life, Kielder Observatory, Alton Towers and Durham University to name but a few. The Science department is also involved in the Science ambassador’s programme and are primary science partners with several local primary schools. Our pupils regularly win awards from Durham University as part of their Physicist of the Year celebrations.

Learning Sequence Overview

Key Stage 3

Year 6 to 7 Transition Stage

The department has strong links with local primary schools via the Durham University Science Ambassador programme. This allows KS2 pupils to visit Longfield and work with our trained ambassador pupils, as well as pupils from other schools on a range of transition projects. Pupils from Longfield also visit local primary schools to run engaging Science sessions at both KS1 and KS2.

Sequence of Learning KS3

Pupils at KS3 follow a modified version of the AQA KS3 scheme of work, which not only provides them with fundamental Science skills and knowledge, but also prepares them for the rigour and nature of assessment at KS4.

KS3 Intervention Programme

The department offers a bespoke intervention package for pupils at KS3. All pupils are provided with revision and intervention resources via ClassCharts, however pupils needing further support will also be offered small group interventions with teachers, which focus on key skills identified following their regular assessments.

How can parents/carers help?

Pupils receive a weekly homework at KS3 and parents are able to access this on ClassCharts. Revision materials before assessments will also be available on ClassCharts and we would strongly encourage parents to look at these and discuss these with their child to ensure they are aware of the importance of revision.

Key Stage 4

Sequence of Learning KS4

At KS4, there are two possible pathways which pupils can follow. The majority of pupils will follow AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy. This will lead them to achieving two grades at GCSE (9-1). Pupils on this pathway will be taught by one teacher covering all three aspects of the Science course.

Pupils also have the option to opt to study AQA GCSE Separate Sciences, which will lead them to achieving three grades at GCSE (9-1). These pupils are allocated additional curriculum time to complete this course. Pupils on this pathway will be taught by specialist teachers in the three Science areas.

KS4 Intervention Programme

Pupils are regularly assessed at KS4 and the Science department offers a bespoke programme of intervention for pupils. This involves both small group intervention in school, as well as targeted intervention homeworks. Parents will be regularly informed of pupil progress with these intervention sessions.

GCSE Specification

The Science department offers qualifications at KS4 from the AQA Science suite. These are assessed via six terminal assessment papers at the end of Year 11. There is no longer a coursework component in Science.

The topics and exams for these are as follows:

Biology Paper 1  – Cell Biology; Organisation; Infection and Response; Bioenergetics

Biology Paper 2 – Homeostasis and Response; Inheritance, variation and evolution; Ecology

Chemistry Paper 1 – Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table; Bonding, Structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative Chemistry; Chemical Changes; Energy Changes

Chemistry Paper 2 – The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic Chemistry; Chemical Analysis; Chemistry of the Atmosphere; Using Resources

Physics Paper 1 – Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic Structure

Physics Paper 2 – Forces; Waves; Magnetism and Electromagnetism; Space (Triple Only)

Extra Information

There are a range of revision websites pupils can use to support their learning. These include:

Pupils can also collect past papers and revision resources from the science department.


How can parents/carers help?

Pupils are most successful when they complete all homework tasks set and regularly carry out revision at home. Parents can help with this by checking ClassCharts and discussing the homework their child has.

All pupils are able to purchase revision resources from school at a discounted price and we would encourage them to do this early and use these both at home and in lessons to support their learning.