Science

What is Science for at Meridian High School?

Science is about figuring out how the world around us works, by building up a set of facts that other people have worked out from doing experiments and observing what is happening.  We study Science at Meridian High School because we love knowing how our world works.  We love it when something that was a total mystery to us before suddenly makes sense.  We love knowing how the lights come on, and why our Earth doesn’t crash into the Sun.

We love knowing why chemical reactions happen, and we love being able to predict things that we’ve never seen.  We love knowing how our bodies work, and how we grow, and why we need to eat, and what happens when we don’t.  We love seeing amazing things happen in front of us, and trying to work out together what we’re seeing, and making sense of it all.  We love working things out.

Why does Science as a subject matter?

Science matters because knowing how the world works isn’t easy.  At Meridian High School we want our students to know that asking questions is the key to understanding what is going on.

We believe that studying Science helps us to be able to ask questions.  Making sense of our world can sometimes be hard, and we believe that Science helps us to do that. But Science as a subject also opens doors!  Key Stage 3 leads to GCSE, which can lead to A Levels, BTEC, apprenticeships, college, further education and employment.  Science opens all of these doors.  But the real reason that Science matters to students is because questions are there to be answered.

What does Science help young people to achieve?

Knowing how our world works is a great achievement in itself.  Being able to explain the structure of an atom, how our hearts work, why doors open when we push them - these are all great achievements.  Having two or three GCSEs in Science is a great achievement.

Being able to go to college to do A Levels, completing an apprenticeship in a trade or a technical field, going on to university, getting a good job that makes us feel fulfilled.  These are all great achievements, and all of them are made easier by a good knowledge of Science, and by doing well in Science.  


Topics covered in Year 7:

  • Forces
  • Cells
  • The Particle Model
  • Electricity
  • Reproduction
  • Atoms, Elements and Compounds
  • Space
  • Variation and Classification
  • Chemical Reaction
  • Ecology
  • Heat Transfer
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Nutrition and Digestion
  • Chemical Analysis
  • Sound

Topics covered in Year 8:

  • Respiration
  • Geology
  • Light
  • Micro-organisms
  • The Periodic Table
  • Magnets and Electromagnets
  • Health and Fitness
  • Reactivity Series
  • Electricity (II)
  • Plants and Photosynthesis
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Speed
  • Ecology (II)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Forces (II)

Topics covered in Year 9:

  • Cell Structure and Transport
  • Cell Division
  • Organisation and the Digestive System
  • Organising Animals and Plants
  • Communicable Disease
  • Atomic Structure
  • The Periodic Table
  • Structure and Bonding
  • Chemical Calculations
  • Chemical Changes
  • Energy Conservation and Dissipation
  • Energy Transfer by Heating
  • Energy Resources
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Electricity in the Home
  • Molecules and Matter

Topics covered in Year 10:

  • Preventing and Treating Disease
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • The Human Nervous System
  • Hormonal Coordination
  • Reproduction
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Adaptations, Interdependence and Competitions
  • Organising an Ecosystem
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Electrolysis
  • Energy Changes
  • Rates and Equilibrium
  • Crude Oil and Fuels
  • Chemical Analysis
  • The Earth's Atmosphere
  • The Earth's Resources
  • Radioactivity
  • Forces in Balance
  • Motion
  • Force and Motion
  • Wave Properties
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Electromagnetism

Topics covered in Year 11:

  • Preventing and Treating Disease
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • The Human Nervous System
  • Hormonal Coordination
  • Reproduction
  • Variation and Evolution
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Adaptations, Interdependence and Competitions
  • Organising an Ecosystem
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Electrolysis
  • Energy Changes
  • Rates and Equilibrium
  • Crude Oil and Fuels
  • Chemical Analysis
  • The Earth's Atmosphere
  • The Earth's Resources
  • Radioactivity
  • Forces in Balance
  • Motion
  • Force and Motion
  • Wave Properties
  • Electromagnetic Waves
  • Electromagnetism

Qualification title:

AQA GCSE Combined Science - Trilogy (8464)

When taking Triple Science as an option:

AQA GCSE Biology (8461)

AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462)

AQA GCSE Physics (8463)

Additional learning resources: