Science - Year 9

Students in year 9 start working on a bespoke curriculum, designed and written specifically for Arrow Vale students. Pupils will study a variety of topics that are aimed to develop both their knowledge but also gain confidence in planning, completing and analysing practical experiments.

The curriculum is designed to give both depth and breadth to the skills necessary to become a scientist.

The year 9 curriculum is taught through 6 modules:


The study of biology leads pupils from the individual structure of a cell through to organ systems and organisms. Pupils then consider what brings variation to the species that surround them. The programme of study introduces microorganisms, their uses and potential dangers and how to live a healthy lifestyle.


Chemistry introduces the relationship between atomic structure and chemical properties, how different types of rock are formed and the rock cycle. Also investigated is the properties of elements, compounds and mixtures, salt formation and the reactivity of metals.


Pupils will study forces and energy, practicing their use of graphs to facilitate their ability to solve problems. They then investigate electricity, magnetism and the movement of heat.

After February, students will then follow AQA Trilogy Science.

What is a scientist after all? It is a curious man looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on. - Jacques Yves Cousteau

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