Year 9 pupils are placed into sets for their science lessons. The Year 9 curriculum is taught through the three main strands of Science:
Biology (September to December)
Pupils develop their biological understanding through the study of variation, inheritance, the respiratory system, drugs, health and fitness. Pupils are assessed through the pattern seeking enquiry “do tall people have big feet?”, fuels and energy release, and the effect of caffeine on reaction times.
Chemistry (January to March/April)
Pupils develop their chemical understanding through the study of chemical reactions, displacement reactions, rates of reaction, and elements and compounds. Pupils are assessed through enquiries based upon the sodium thiosulphate/acid reaction, arranging elements, and metal displacement reactions.
Physics (April to July)
Pupils develop their understanding of physics through the study of conductors and insulators, heat loss, work done, and moments. Pupils are assessed through enquiries based upon energy changes in bouncing balls, forces affecting falling paper, and investigating the best insulator.
A summative examination is sat during February of Year 9.
Pupils have the opportunity to opt for Triple Science at the end of Year 9.