“The limits of my language are the limits of my world”
Ludwig Wittgenstein


The science curriculum at Atlantic Academy Portland is designed to equip students with the core knowledge required to become scientifically literate citizens who can actively engage with the world around them.

We have created a curriculum narrative that uses the core knowledge to progress towards answering key questions to enable understanding of events and phenomena of relevance to our students at school and beyond.

Key Stage 1

At Key Stage 1, the Science curriculum will enable students to experience, observe and question the natural and man-made world around them.  Students are encouraged to be curious and ask questions about material they’ve covered and the world around them.

Year 1/2 – Year 21/22

  • Apprentice Gardener
  • Growing up
  • MAterials
  • Take care (Animals including humans)
  • The environment
  • Revision unit

Year 1/2 – Year 22/23

  • Plant Detectives
  • Changing World – Autumn & Winter
  • Using our senses
  • Our Changing World – Spring & Summer
  • Materials

Key Stage 2

At Key Stage 2, the Science curriculum will allow students to broaden and develop deeper thinking about the world around them and range of scientific ideas.  This will be done by exploring, discussing, testing and developing ideas about everyday phenomena and relationships between living things and environments. Students will be encouraged to ask questions about content covered and the world around them as well as analyse relationships and interactions.  Students will be exposed to more abstract ideas and will develop their critical thinking to help understand and predict how the world operates

Year 3

  • Rock detectives
  • Growing
  • Forces
  • Plants and their life cycles
  • Light
  • Bodies


Year 4

  • Human impact
  • Switched on
  • States
  • Food
  • Vibrations
  • Who am I?


Year 5

  • LIfe cycles
  • Materials
  • Forces
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Mixtures
  • The earth and beyond


Year 6

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Bodies
  • Low Voltage
  • The nature library
  • Light
  • Body health


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students cover a broad curriculum of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and the development of Working Scientifically skills. Literacy development is also a key focus, with students producing pieces of scientific writing to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. Students are continually assessed throughout the course, completing assessment tasks and written exams. Modules taught at Key Stage 3 are:

Year 7

  • Cells and Organisation
  • Particles
  • Energy
  • Reproduction
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Periodic Table Groups
  • Forces
  • Ecosystem and Competition
  • Photosynthesis
  • Separation Techniques
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Waves

Year 8

  • How Science Works
  • Healthy Lifestyle
  • Metals and Reactivity
  • Forces and moments
  •  Microbes and pathogens
  • Energetics
  • Pressure
  • Genes and adaptation
  • Earth and atmosphere
  • Magnets and electromagnets
  • Ecosystems and competition
  • Earth and Resources
  • Energy and Temperature
  • Maths in Science
  • Separation techniques
  • Physics in medicine


Year 9

  • Atomic Structure and periodic table
  • Bonding, structures and properties of matter
  • Chemical changes
  • Infection and response
  • Cell biology
  • Energy 
  • Electricity


Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 all students follow the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course.

  • Students  will achieve 2 GCSEs in Combined Science.
  • Students will sit a total of six written exams at the end of Year 11 covering the entire GCSE specification, which will account for 100% of their final grade.
  • Students will complete required practical tasks throughout the course which are assessed in the written exams.

Year 10

  • Energy
  • Electricity
  • Organisation
  • Bioenergetics
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Energy changes
  • Electrolysis
  • Ecology
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance


Year 11

  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Atmosphere
  • Using resources
  • Homeostasis and response
  • Ecology
  • Inheritance
  • Waves
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism



The Science Team

The Science Department at  Atlantic Academy is made up of enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about their subject. Students are encouraged to ask teachers about their degree subjects in order to promote careers in science.

  • Mrs Migliari – Vice Principal and Head of Science
  • Mrs Bishop – Principal
  • Miss Maw – Teacher of Science
  • Mrs Taylor – Teacher of Science
  • Mr Wiles – Teacher of Science
  • Mrs Blackman – Science Technician


Where next

Admissions and Appeals

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