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"One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike and yet it is the most precious thing we have"

Albert Einstein


Science is taught in a self-contained suite of modern, purpose built, fully equipped laboratories. All staff are fully qualified scientists and are supported by a team of trained technicians with some of the latest teaching aids. The Key Stage Three Curriculum is taught in Years 7 and Year 8, with pupils progressing to Key Stage Four in Years 9, 10 and 11. The Science Department currently offers the BTEC in Applied Science at Post-16.



Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)

The condensed Science course studied in Year 7 and Year 8 covers topics in Biology, Physics and Chemistry such as microbes and disease, light waves and patterns of reactivity. Lessons aim to develop the skills required by students to be successful in the subsequent GCSE course as well the content specified. The course begins with a Crime Scene Investigation and Investigative skills project which introduces the students to the key terminology used throughout their school science careers. Once completed, there then is a strong emphasis on the use of practical work throughout the course in order to engage students in the learning as well as developing their scientific skills and analysis of data. The course culminates with an intense period of revision followed by the final end of Key stage 3 assessment.


An overview of the topics studied are as follows:


Year 7

Autumn term – Investigative skills, cells, energy and particles

Spring term – Reproduction, electricity, food and digestion, and solutions

Summer term – Ecology, forces, reactions and respiration


Year 8

Autumn term – Sound, light, acids and alkalis, heating and photosynthesis

Spring term – Atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures, rocks and microbes

Summer term – Magnets, pressure, moments and revision programme


Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)

The Harris Academy at Peckham offers students at KS4 the AQA GCSE science course. The course gives students a good knowledge of science, by studying core sciences and additional science. Both courses combined provide a firm foundation for further study at A’ level and BTEC level 3 courses and for students who want to specialize in other scientific related subjects.

Core Science

Biology provides students with the opportunity to gain a good understanding of human biology, organisms, evolution and the environment.

Chemistry provides students with a good understanding of the nature of substances and how they react together, how chemistry is used in business and industry and how our use of fuels affects the local and global environment.

Physics provides students with a good understanding of the use and transfer of energy, as well as an insight into the nature of waves, radiation and space. They'll also learn about the application of physics in the real world they live in.

Controlled assessments (coursework) make up 25% of the course and the remaining 75% is examined and graded externally.

Additional Science

This course offers students further knowledge of science, by studying Unit 2 from GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics. Consequently students achieve a firm foundation to go on to study A-level/ BTEC level 3 Science subjects.

Controlled assessments (coursework) make up 25% of the course and the remaining 75% is examined and graded externally.

Triple Science

Selected pupils will study Triple Science, gaining GCSE’s in Chemistry, Physics and Biology. This is demanding course that builds upon information learnt in Core and Additional Science. For each GCSE, Controlled assessments (coursework) makes up 25% of the course and the remaining 75% is examined and graded externally.


BTEC First Awards in Applied Science

Harris academy at Peckham offers students an alternative route to the Science GCSE course. This BTEC is a vocational related qualification.

Scientists work in industry, the health service, government establishments, research and educational institutions. The BTEC Level 2 First awards in Applied Science are designed to introduce learners to working in the sector or prepare them for further study, such as a BTEC National qualification or an appropriate NVQ.   


Principles of Applied Science

 The Principles of Applied Science Award delivers the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study by covering the key scientific principles vital for both scientists and citizens of the future. It develops and exemplifies these principles in applied and vocational contexts, leading to an understanding of how the principles are applied in practice. Students will study 4 units which is accredited to one GCSE equivalent.

1 Principles of Science                         External assessed

2 Chemistry and Our Earth                  Internal assessed

3 Energy and Our Universe                   Internal assessed

4 Biology and Our Environment          Internal assessed

Application of Science
The Application of Science Award is suitable for students who have covered the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study. It develops students' understanding of key applications of science, and builds the skills required both for the scientific workplace and for further study.

5 Application of Chemical Substances       Internal assessed

6 Application of Physical Science                Internal assessed  

7 Health Applications of Life Science         Internal assessed

8 Scientific Skills                                             External assessed

Students will study 4 units which is accredited to one GCSE equivalent.


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