In years 7 and 8, students are taught in mixed ability form groups and follow a Junior Science course that incorporates different elements of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The schemes of work have been written as a foundation to the GCSE and A level courses and are academically challenging, involving a wide range of practical activities and investigations. Great emphasis is placed on the students gaining a solid foundation in their scientific knowledge and skills, as well as enjoying the subject. Students are assessed through topic tests and end of year exams.
In year 7 the topics covered include cells, reproduction, classification, variation & adaptation, interdependence, particles, elements, compounds & mixtures, gases in the atmosphere, forces, energy, skills & measurement and space.
In year 8 the topics covered include health, photosynthesis & plants, causes of variation, acids & bases, chemical reactions, waves (light & sound) and electricity & magnets.
Extra-curricular interest in the subject is encouraged through activities such as Science Club for year 7, CREST for Y8, Thinkers in Science events, taking part in national experiments such as ‘Rocket Seeds’ and trips, for example to the Museum of Natural History, Oxford to take part in an ‘Ideas & Evidence’ day.