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Mr R Benson

Curriculum Director of Science

Mr D Mahoney

Head of Physics and Applied Science

Mr J Hare

Head of Chemistry

Mr L Lahoud

Head of Biology

Mrs M Travers

Lead Practitioner of Science

Dr K Steel

A Level Chemistry Teacher

Ms A Awosanmi

Science Teacher

Ms R Coggins

Science Teacher

Mr S Mfoafo-McCarthy

Science Teacher 

Mr J Sobande

Science Teacher

Ms A Harrison-Smith

Science Teacher

Ms H Alpha

Science Teacher and Academic Tutor

Mr Y Mufid

Physics and Maths Teacher


Welcome to KS3 Science at Haberdashers’ Hatcham College

At Haberdashers’ Hatcham College, we pride ourselves on offering a dynamic and engaging science curriculum tailored to meet the needs of our students. Our KS3 Science course is designed to lay a strong foundation of scientific knowledge and skills, preparing students for success in KS4 and beyond.

Our Curriculum:

We have developed our own curriculum in collaboration with science teachers across the Trust, ensuring it meets the highest educational standards and aligns with national guidelines.

Our curriculum follows a spiral approach, revisiting fundamental topics throughout KS3, KS4, and KS5 to deepen understanding and reinforce learning.

Assessment and Progress:

Regular checkpoints and assessments are integrated into the curriculum to monitor student progress and understanding.

These assessments help identify areas for improvement and provide valuable feedback to students and teachers alike.

Key Topics:

Our KS3 Science curriculum covers a wide range of key topics, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of scientific principles and concepts.

The key topics studied at KS3 include:


Year 7

Year 8 (Activate)

Year 9


Unit 1: Living things & cells

Unit 2: Healthy Diet

Unit 3: Supplying cells

Unit 4: Heredity & the human life cycle

Unit 5: Interdependence

Unit 1: Health & Lifestyle

Unit 2: Biological Processes

Unit 3: Ecosystems & adaptations

Unit 4: inheritance

Unit 1: Cells & Enzyme action

Unit 2: Exchange & transport in animals

Unit 3: Plant structure & their functions

Unit 4: Pathogens

Unit 5: Ecosystems & adaptations


Unit 1: Matter & Particles

Unit 2: Pure substances & mixtures

Unit 3: Elements & Compounds

Unit 4: Chemical reactions

Unit 5: Acids & bases

Unit 1: The Periodic Table

Unit 2: Metals & Materials

Unit 3: Separation techniques

Unit 4: The Earth

Unit 1: Atomic structure

Unit 2: The Periodic Table

Unit 3: Introduction to chemical calculations

Unit 4: The atmosphere

Unit 5: Introduction to rates of reaction

Unit 6: Metallic bonding


Unit 1: Introduction to forces

Unit 2: Floating, sinking & density

Unit 3: Energy

Unit 4: Sound

Unit 5: Light

Unit 1: Electricity& Magnetism

Unit 2: Energy

Unit 3: Motion & Pressure

Unit 1: Changes of state & temperature

Unit 2: Density & pressure

Unit 3: Isaac Newton

Unit 4: Measuring & calculating motion

Unit 5: Energy of moving objects

Unit 6: Power & Efficiency

Unit 7: The electromagnetic spectrum

Enrichment Opportunities:

In addition to our curriculum, we offer an after-school Science/STEM club where students can engage in projects and conduct experiments that go beyond the curriculum, fostering curiosity and creativity.

Catch-up sessions are also available for students needing extra support, providing opportunities for additional guidance and assistance.



The Science department use an online textbook platform called Kerboodle: https://www.kerboodle.com/users/login

Students can sign in using their Microsoft single centre sign on school account


The suite of GCSE sciences comprises of different specifications, which utilise common material and use a similar style of examination questions.  The different specifications are GCSE Combined Science – broth Trilogy and Synergy courses and GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics.

Candidates taking either the GCSE Combined trilogy or the GCSE Separates route, will have the experience necessary to progress to appropriate Level 3 qualifications.

GCSE Combined Science awards students with two GCSEs and Separate GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics awards students with 3 GCSEs

AQA Combined Science 

Students will follow either Trilogy or Synergy Science depending on Year 9 outcomes and the level of support they require.

Trilogy covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics and each subject will complete 6 required practicals. Students will sit 6 exams, 2 per subject, each 1 hour 15 mins in length. We offer Trilogy in two tiers of entry, Higher and Foundation.

The Trilogy specification can be found here:


Foundation students can achieve a maximum grade of 5/5, but the questions are easier to access.

Synergy is taught thematically and covers two overarching concepts – Life and Environmental Sciences and Physical Science. Currently we only offer Synergy in foundation tier. Students will sit 4 exams, 2 per subject, each 1 hour 45 mins.

The Synergy specification can be found here:



Students are provided with a periodic table for Chemistry exams and a formula sheet for Physics exams. Students are required to memorise a large number of equations for Physics exams.

 Examples of the Chemistry periodic table and Physics formula sheet can be found below:



AQA GCSE Separates (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics)

Students will follow either separate Science depending on Year 9 outcomes and the level of support they require. Each subject has 8 required practicals to complete.

Students will sit 6 exams, 2 per subject each 1 hour 45 mins in length. We only offer Separate sciences at higher tier.

The Biology specification can be found here:



The Chemistry specification can be found here:



The Physics specification can be found here:


Maths Skills

Maths skills are now included in the assessment of all GCSE science qualifications. A minimum percentage of marks must be allocated to assessing mathematical skills at an appropriate level of difficulty, in line with new rules and guidance from the Department for Education.