"Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in."


In KS3 Science at Hollis Academy students follow a three-year course based on the new National Curriculum. Across the course there is a focus on practical investigation skills and independent learning as well as opportunities for creative problem solving and open-ended enquiry.

Students are assessed across KS3 using a combination of written assessments and practical assessments. Students will receive graded feedback after completing each topic.


Topics include “Skills in Science”, “Fireworks Science” and “Science on Stage” and give students the opportunity to build on existing skills from KS2. There is an emphasis on basic laboratory work and investigative skills that allow students to build up their knowledge and confidence in science lessons.


Topics include “Eco Science”, “Sports Science” and “Science at the Seaside” and build upon students’ learning in Year 7. There is a focus on students working independently to solve problems creatively as well as working as part of a group. Peer assessment is a key part of learning in Year 8.


Topics include “Exploring Space”, “Chemical Engineering” and “Environmental Science” and consolidate students’ skills to prepare them for learning at GCSE level in KS4. Students in Year 9 should use their knowledge and experience to complete practical investigations and produce written reports using a combination of research and experimental techniques.


Students begin a three year Key Stage 4 pathway in Year 9. Every Year 9 student completes OCR Entry Level Science (L1) and a series of practical enquiry booster lessons in order to prepare them for Y10. There is a focus on planning and carrying out practical investigations safely and accurately as well as developing analysis and evaluation skills. Assessment comes in the form of a short test every module and one assessed practical.

Year 10 follows two pathways. Some students will continue to complete OCR Entry Level Science and work towards Level 2 and eventually Level 3 in Year 11. Other students will begin to follow the OCR Single Science pathway in view to attaining a full GCSE. Assessment comes in the form of two terminal exams at the end of Y11.

Hollis Academy
Saltersgill Avenue

Tel: (01642) 855010


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