Science at Richmond Park Academy is rapidly becoming one of the strongest departments in the academy with the continual year on year progress of GCSE results over the last three years. Science is taught with the aim to equip students with the skills required to access the science within their everyday lives and develop curiosity in the world around them.

Science is taught in seven laboratories with an emphasis on developing enquiring minds and with a large amount of practical work to support and enhance the scientific knowledge learnt.


Ms E Swift - Subject Leader
Mr K Bowker
Mr D Chan
Mr S Jegede
Dr J Johnston
Ms R Russell
Mr R Small
Mr C Trace
Ms N Sivaloganathan

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students have three science lessons a week. The students cover the three main areas of science - biology, chemistry and physics - through a number of different units of work. Year 7 and 8 will sit end of unit tests after two topics and will also be assessed in science skills through the 'Big Writes'; these are written assessments where students plan and execute their own scientific experiments.

Year 7

Units covered:

  • Cells
  • Reproduction
  • Environment and Feeding Relationships
  • Variation and Classification
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Simple Chemical Reactions
  • Particle Models of Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Solutions
  • Energy Resources
  • Electrical Circuits
  • Forces and Their Effects
  • The Solar System and Beyond
Year 8

Units covered:

  • Food and Digestion
  • Respiration
  • Microbes and Disease
  • Ecological Relationships
  • Atoms and Elements
  • Compounds and Mixtures
  • Rocks and Weathering
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Magnets and Electromagnets
  • Light
  • Sound and Hearing
Year 9

Year 9 are starting the new specification combined GCSE, within the AQA curriculum. They will be assessed internally through a combination of past exam questions and extended writing tasks. All material covered in Year 9 will be part of their Year 11 GCSE exams.

Topics Covered

Chemistry 1

  • Atomic Structure and bonding
  • The Periodic Table
  • Crude Oil and Organic Chemistry
  • Chemical Tests

Biology 1

  • Disease and Defence
  • Adaptations
  • Biodiversity
  • Pollution

Physics 1

  • Waves
  • Magnetism
  • Electromagnetism
Click here to see a KS3 science reading list put together by Ms Homewood.

Science GCSE Revision

Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA Double or Separate science award.

Additional Science 

Biology 2:
  • Cells
  • Plants
  • Ecology
  • Proteins and their functions
  • Respiration
  • Patterns of inheritance
  • Further evolution
Chemistry 2:
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Molecular structures
  • Relative masses of atoms
  • Rates of reactions
  • Energy from reactions
  • Making salts
  • Electrolysis
Physics 2:
  • Forces, motion and kinetic energy
  • Electrical circuits
  • Electrical safety
  • Radiation
  • Nuclear fission and fusion
Year 11 triple science

Biology 3:
  • Exchanges
  • Transporting material
  • Homeostasis
  • Environmental science
Chemistry 3:
  • Periodic table
  • Water
  • Energy of reactions
  • Analysis
  • Organic chemistry
Physics 3:
  • Medical physics
  • Mechanics

Key Stage 5

We teach all sciences in Key Stage 5 and are following the AQA specifications in all of them.