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At Grange Park school we teach science through investigation, using teaching styles and delivery tailored to engage pupils with Autism Spectrum Condition.


Our goal is to meet the needs of our pupils, by providing a curriculum that is flexible and varied, to deliver meaningful science for all, and prepare our pupils to meet the scientific challenges they will face through adult life.


Science teaching is divided into two Key Stages. KS3 (years 7, 8 and 9) and KS4 (years 10 and 11).


All year groups go on at least one science related visit per year. For example; this year, Year 7 went on a  ‘population sampling’ workshop,  Year 8 went on a ‘Adaptation’ workshop at Wildwood Adventure Park and Year 9 went to the Science Museum.

Key Stage 3

We follow a three year KS3. We use the Collins Connect to deliver the Programme of Study, supported by practical work to embed knowledge and understanding. The pupils are taken on many trips, to witness science being applied in the workplace and to increase their enjoyment of science.



Key Stage 3 Science Programme of Study



Year 7

Year 8


Term 1

Safety in the lab


Cells – the building blocks of life


Getting the energy your body needs


Variation for survival

Term 2


Mixing dissolving and separating

Chemistry Explaining physical changes


Obtaining useful Materials

Term 3


Forces and their effect


Contact and non- contact forces


Motion on Earth and in Space

Term 4


Eating, drinking and breathing


Plants and the ecosystem.


Our health and the effect of drugs

Term 5


 Elements, compounds and mixtures


Chemical changes


Using our Earth sustainably

Term 6


  Energy transfers and sound.


Magnetism and electricity

Waves and Energy transfer


Key Stage 4 Programme of Study


The current Year 11 started the OCR Science Entry Level Certificate in Year 9. All will also take a Science GCSE (either GCSE OCR Gateway Science B (Core Science) or OCR Environment land based science).


Current and future Year 10 pupils will do the 2 year linear science GCSE, with a final assessment in Year 11.


OCR  Science Entry Level Certificate.

Pupils can attain the Certificate at Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3.

The course is made of 3 parts.

1.   Tests (70%)

2.   Can do tasks (10%)

3.   Investigation (20%)


There are 13 topics each, in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each topic is assessed by an end of unit test. Pupils need to complete 35 / 39 tests.


Biology unit

Chemistry unit

Physics unit

Dead or alive

Acids and alkalis

Getting the message


Cooking and cleaning

Our electricity supply


Colours and smells

Attractive forces


Heavy metal

Pushes and pulls

Healthy Eating

Fibres and fabrics

Let there be light

Control systems

Clean air

Final frontier

Gasping for breath

Strong stuff

Alternative energy

Creepy crawlies

Restless earth

Deep impacts

Fooling your senses

How fast? How slow?

Driving along

Food factory

Sorting out

Hot stuff

Drugs in society

CSI plus

Nuclear power

My genes


Full spectrum

Body wars

What’s added to our food

Medical rays


Can do tasks

These skills are demonstrated during study of topics and evidence kept.



The pupils undertake one investigation in which they plan, gain and record result, analyse data and evaluate the methods. The subject of the investigation is announced by the exam board each year. 


Areas of Study for Year 11 


GCSE OCR Gateway Science B (Core Science)

OCR Environment Land based studies


Comprises of 3 parts:-

Unit 1

Unit B1  Understanding Organisms

Unit C1 Carbon Chemistry

Unit P1 Energy  for the Home

Exam in June lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes. Contributes 35% towards the overall mark

Unit 2

Unit B2 Understanding the environment

Unit C2 chemical resources

Unit P2 living for the future.

Exam in June lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes. Contributes 40% to the overall mark.

Controlled assessment.

Write up of practical investigation, subject to change each year.

Contributes 25% towards the overall mark.

J 271

Comprises of 3 parts.

Unit B681

management of the natural environment.

Exam in June lasting 1 hour

Contributes 20% of the final mark

Unit  B682.

Plant cultivation and small animal care

Exam in June lasting 1 hour

Contributes 20% of the final mark

Unit B684.

Environmental and Land Based science portfolio.

Contributes 60% to final mark