What do bullet trains, sea monkeys and Velcro have in common?  Science is ever evolving, and this is reflected at Rookwood School as we constantly develop our curriculum alongside new and innovative learning strategies and seek to relate it to the amazing world in which we live.  From the tiniest particle to the edge of the universe, the forces, matter and diversity of life never fail to interest and surprise in this fascinating subject.


Curriculum at Key Stage 3

The thing that sets us apart from many other schools is that we have the freedom to explore the most exciting aspects of the subject and instil a love of Science.  Yes we do of course cover the theory, but who wouldn’t be inspired by inflating a pair of real animal lungs, holding fire in their hands or blasting a water rocket over the building?  We aim to captivate interest and start to grow scientists by harnessing enthusiasm and developing the skills - enquiry, analysis, communication, problem solving - to form a foundation for GCSE. 


Curriculum at Key Stage 4

A skills-based GCSE, the Science content is hung on practical work.  Pupils are captivated through hands-on experience with chemicals, circuits, smart materials, microscopes and much more.  If they can feel the materials and physically experience the science it brings it all to life, leading to a deeper understanding of the theory.  We seek to develop our scientists into thinking, questioning individuals who can link ideas and assess their own learning.


All students study Science, many choosing to take Combined Science Trilogy, whilst the more able students have the option of extending this into the three separate courses of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Board and spec:       AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

                                    AQA GCSE Biology (8461)

                                    AQA GCSE Chemistry (8462)

                                    AQA GCSE Physics (8463)


Exam structure:        Trilogy – 6 x 75 minute terminal papers

                                    Biology – 2 x 105 minute terminal papers

                                    Chemistry – 2 x 105 minute terminal papers

                                    Physics – 2 x 105 minute terminal papers