Leeds East Academy



Science is the study of ourselves and the universe around us. The concepts we cover across the 5 year Next Steps curriculum allows students further insight into the way the human body and the world around us works. Students will explore their place on Earth through careful consideration and evaluation of some of the key scientific issues facing society today. Students will also develop skills in key areas such a team work, planning, gathering and analysing information, drawing conclusions and evaluation.

In Year 7 and 8, students follow the Leeds East Next Steps curriculum, designed to incorporate all aspects of the National Curriculum recommendations and targets. Over 2 years, students will cover all three sciences in a way that is designed to support the transition into GCSE. Students will complete a variety of practical activities designed to develop the investigative skills needed at GCSE Level.

At GCSE, students follow the 9-1 Edexcel Combined Science. Combined science is taught as blocks of Biology, Physics and Chemistry, covering both the scientific knowledge and working scientifically skills required at GCSE level. Students will complete, but are not limited to, 20 core practical investigations as part of the GCSE course and will sit 6 Science exams at the end of Year 11 to determine their overall grade. Students will achieve 2 GCSE grades for science. The foundation paper will allow students to achieve up to a grade 5, or the higher tier paper which allows students to achieve grade up to a grade 9.

For any further information regarding Science at Leeds East Academy, please contact the Head of Department: ord.d@whiteroseacademies.org.

Courses in Science

  • GCSE - Science Core - EDEXCEL/AQA
  • GCSE - Science Additional - EDEXCEL/AQA

Term by Term Schemes of Work

Science Schemes KS3
Science Schemes KS4

 KS3 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7

Half Term


Learning Outcomes



Autumn 1

Solids, Liquids and gases

The properties of solids, liquids and gases

Particle model

Changes of state  

Energy changes in changes of state

Conservation of mass in changes of state


Air pressure


End of unit tests



Cell Structure


Specalised animal cells

Specialised plant cells

Cells, tissues and organs

Organ Systems – Respiratory, Skeletal, Circulatory


Autumn 2

Forces and Motion

Speed, distance and time

Distance time graphs

Acceleration (F=ma practical)

Forces and force diagrams

Balanced and unbalanced forces (to include friction)


End of unit tests







Summative test covering all 4 topics from the term

Sound and Light Waves

What are waves?

Light waves

Sound waves









Spring 1

Introduction to Energy

8 energy stores

Energy transfers

Efficiency (to include Sankey diagrams)

Renewable and non-renewable energy to include global warming and climate change


End of unit tests


Introduction to Electricity

Basics (symbols), circuit diagrams

testing conductors and insulators

series and parallel circuits

measuring current and voltage

Current laws

Pd in series

Pd in parallel

Resistance (qualitative)

Resistance in a wire (required practical)



Spring 2

Acids and Alkalis

pH Scale

What are acids? (H+)

What are alkalis? (OH-)




End of unit tests







Summative test covering all 4 topics from the term

Relationships in Ecosystems

The interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem

Food chains

Food webs

Predator/ prey cycles

How organisms affect and are affected by their environment






Summer 1


Reproduction in humans as an example of mammals

Male and female reproductive organs

Sex cells

Fertilisation in animals

Menstrual cycle

End of unit tests


Separating Mixtures






Rock salt

End of unit tests



Summative test covering all 4 topics from the term


Summer 2


Days, night, seasons

Planet Earth

Moon phases

The solar system

Weight and gravity

Constellations and stars

Aliens and SETI

End of unit tests


Healthy Lifestyle


Are fizzy drinks safe?

Importance of exercise and types of fitness



Recreational Drugs

End of unit tests




End of Year Formal Exams

Year 8


Half Term


Learning Outcomes



Autumn 1


Healthy diet requirements

Food tests

The digestive system


Enzyme Conditions

End of unit tests


Introduction to Chemical Reactions

Physical and chemical changes



Metals and acids


Autumn 2

Periodic Table

History of the periodic table

Structure of the atom

Trends of the periodic table 

Metals and non-metals

Metal extraction

End of unit tests







Summative test covering all 4 topics from the term


Word equation for aerobic respiration

Diffusion of gases into and out of cells

Anaerobic respiration in animals – comparison with aerobic

 Anaerobic respiration in yeast 







Spring 1

Microbes and Diseases

3 types of microbes

History of disease

Body defences against disease

Preventing Disease

The Immune System


End of unit tests


Electromagnetic Spectrum


Infrared Radiation (Required Practical)

EM Spectrum

Uses of EM Spectrum



Spring 2


Structure of a plant and leaf

Word equation for photosynthesis

Factors affecting photosynthesis

Practical effect of photosynthesis

End of unit tests







Summative test covering all 4 topics from the term

Earth and Atmosphere

Atmosphere (changes over time)

Carbon cycle

Climate change


Recycling and sustainability






Summer 1


Inheritance (genes vs environment)

Structure of chromosomes

DNA key terms

Natural Selection

Importance of biodiversity

End of unit tests


Extended Energy

Heat and temperature

Kinetic energy

Gravitational potential energy

Elastic potential energy

End of unit tests



Summative test covering all 4 topics from the term


Summer 2

Extended Chemical Reactions

Thermal decomposition

Reactivity Series and Displacement

Collision theory


Endothermic / Exothermic

End of unit tests


Key Concepts in Science

Plant and animal cells

Specialised Cells

Cell Transport

States of matter

Particle Model of atoms, elements and compounds

Atomic Structure

Physics Formulae and Formula Triangles

End of unit tests




End of Year Formal Exams



KS4 Curriculum Breakdown 

Year 9

Half Term


Learning Outcomes



Autumn 1

CB1 - Key Concepts in Biology


Plant and Animal Cells

Specialised Cells

Inside Bacteria

Enzymes and Nutrition

Enzyme Action

Enzyme Activity

Transporting Substances

End of unit tests


CC1&2 – States of Matter and Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances

States of Matter


Filtration and Crystallisation

Paper Chromatography


Drinking water


Autumn 2

CP1 - Motion

Vectors and Scalars

Distance/time graphs and calculations


Velocity/Time graphs

End of unit tests




 Summative test covering all 4 topics from the term

CB2 – Cells and Control


Growth in animals

Growth in Plants

Stem Cells

The Nervous System

Neurotransmission Speeds







Spring 1

CC3 – Atomic Structure

CC4 – The Periodic Table

Structure of an atom

History of the atom

Atomic mass and atomic number

Elements and the periodic table

Atomic Number and the periodic table

Electronic Configurations and the periodic table

End of unit tests


CP2 – Motion and Forces

Resultant Forces

Newton’s First Law

Mass and Weight

Newton’s Second Law

Newton’s Third Law


Stopping Distances

Crash Hazards



Spring 2

CB3 – Genetics





Gene Mutation


End of unit tests







Summative test covering all 4 topics from the term

CC5, 6 & 7 - Bonding

Ions and Ionic Bonds

Ionic Lattices

Properties of Ionic Compounds

Covalent Bonds

Molecular Compounds

Allotropes of carbon

Properties of metals

Metallic Bonding






Summer 1

CP3 – Conservation of Energy

Energy Stores and Transfers

Energy Efficiency

Supplying Electricity

Keeping warm

Non-renewable resources

Renewable resources

End of unit tests


CB4 Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

Evidence for human evolution

Darwin’s theory


Breeds and varieties

Genes in agriculture and medicine

End of unit tests


Summative test covering all 4 topics from the term


Summer 2

CC8 – Acids and Alkalis

Acids, alkalis and indicators

Bases and salts

Alkalis and equations

Alkalis and neutralisation

Reactions of acids and metal carbonates


End of unit tests


CP4 Waves

CP5 Light and the EM Spectrum

Features of Waves

Wave velocities


Light and EM waves

EM spectrum

Uses of EM spectrum

EM Radiation dangers

End of unit tests




End of Year Formal Exams

Year 10

Half Term


Learning Outcomes



Autumn 1

CB5 – Health and Disease

Health and disease

Non-communicable disease

Cardiovascular disease


Spreading pathogens

Physical and chemical barriers

Immune System


End of Unit Tests

CC9 – Calulcations involcing masses

CC10 – Electrolysis

Mases and empirical formula

Conservation of mass



Products from electrolysis


Autumn 2

CC11 – Obtaining and Using Metals

CC12 – Reversible Reactions and Equilibria



Oxidation and Reduction

Life cycle assessment and recycling

Dynamic equilibrium

End of Unit Tests


Formal Mock Assessment

CP6 - Radioactivity

Atomic Models

Inside Atoms

Electrons and orbits

Bacground radiation

Types of radiation

Radioactive decay


Dangers of radioactivity



Spring 1

CB6 – Plant Structures and Functions


Factors that affect photosynthesis

Absorbing water and mineral ions

Transpiration and translocation

End of Unit Tests

CC13 – Groups in the Periodic Table

Group 1

Group 7

Halogen reactivity

Group 0



Spring 2

CC14 – Rates of Reaction


CC15 – Heat Energy changes in chemical reactions

Rates of Reaction

Factors affecting reaction rates

Catalysts and activation energy

Exothermic and Endothermic Reactions

Energy changes in reactions

End of Unit Tests



Summer 1

CP7 – Energy

CP8 – Forces and their effects

Work and Power

Forces and their effects

Objects affecting each other

Vector diagrams

End of Unit Tests



Summer 2

CB7 – Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis


Hormone control of metabolic rate

The menstrual cycle

Hormones and the menstrual cycle

Control of blood glucose

End of Unit Tests


Formal Mock Assessment

Year 11


Half Term


Learning Outcomes



Autumn 1

CB8 – Exchange and transport in animals

Efficient transport and exchange

The circulatory system

The heart

Cellular respiration – aerobic

Cellular respiration - anaerobic

End of Unit Tests

CC17 – Earth and Atmospheric Science

The early atmosphere

The changing atmosphere

The atmosphere today


Autumn 2

CB9 – Ecosystems


Abiotic factors and communities

Biotic communities

Parasitism and mutualism

Biodiversity and humans

Preserving biodiversity

The water cycle

The carbon cycle

The nitrogen cycle

End of Unit Tests


Formal Mock Assessment

Key Concept Revision




States of Matter

Basic forces

Motion graphs



Spring 1

Core Practical Review

Review of all 20 practicals

Exam preparation

End of Unit Tests

GCSE Examination Prep



Spring 2

End of Unit Tests



Summer 1

End of Unit Tests



Summer 2

End of Unit Tests


Formal Mock Assessment

End of Unit Tests