Simon Bishop (Headteacher)
Woodeaton Manor School,

Tel: 01865 558722

Parents & Carers Meetings

On the 2nd Monday of every half term parents and carers are invited to attend a session covering a range of topics.
Meetings usually start at 7pm with refreshments provided.




Science is a core subject, taught throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. Science provides a way of working which allows students, through practical first hand experiences and secondary sources, to develop their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live. These experiences allow them to observe, investigate, make sense of and communicate their findings. Our aim is to encourage students to:

  • develop a questioning and enquiring mind through a range of interesting and enjoyable experiences:
  • develop a systematic and logical way of working;
  • apply skills and knowledge to investigations;
  • come to a gradually deepening understanding of science concepts;
  • work safely and carefully;
  • develop skills observing, asking questions, predicting, hypothesising, planning, testing, measuring, collecting and interpreting data, explaining and communicating findings in a variety of ways.


All students have access to Science in the National Curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to learn by visual, auditory and kinaesthetic means.  A flexible approach to learning is adopted by the Science Department at Woodeaton Manor in order to accommodate the varying needs of our pupils, many of whom have gaps in learning due to interrupted schooling. Schemes of work are therefore designed to include knowledge, skills and understanding from earlier Key Stages, alongside the appropriate age-related programmes of study.


Science is taught in the classroom, in the science laboratory, school grounds and other local areas of interest. We also encourage rich learning experiences provided by educational trips out and visitors to our school. Our aim is to provide an exciting, stimulating and motivating learning environment where pupils are encouraged to actively become involved in their own learning. The opportunity for students to engage in group or paired work is also encouraged.



KS3 Course Structure – Activate Science

A KS3 science course designed to support every student on their journey through Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4 success.

The Activate suite of resources is tailored to the 2014 programme of study and offers comprehensive flexibility towards differentiation and assessment.


Programme of Study:

Activate 1  


  • Particles & their behaviour
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Acids & alkalis



  • Cells
  • Structure & function of body systems
  • Reproduction



  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Light
  • Space



Activate 2


  • The Periodic Table
  • Separation techniques
  • Metals & acids
  • The Earth



  • Health & lifestyle
  • Ecosystem processes
  • Adaptation & inheritance



  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Energy
  • Motion and pressure


Activate 3

Covers key concepts in a contextual approach, consolidating Key Stage 3 topics and providing further preparation for Key Stage 4.


  • Detection – Using chemistry concepts and procedures to solve a crime


  • New technology – Genetics & Biotechnology


  • Turning points in physics – Discovering the Universe. Radioactivity & Electromagnetism



KS4 GCSE Science

Teacher: Miss Henderson
Course: AQA, GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy, 9-1, 8464 
Duration: 2 Years – Linear

First teaching from September 2016

This double award is equivalent to 2 GCSEs. The award will be given in the new 9-9 to 1-1 format. There are 6 papers; 2 for Biology, 2 for Chemistry and 2 for Physics. All papers are 1 hour 15 minutes. Foundation and higher tier are available. Each paper is equally weighted at 16.7% of the final grade. There is no longer a practical coursework element. Pupils have to experience or practise 16 specific practical activities during the two years. Aspects of these investigations will be examined in the 6 papers in the final exams.

Summary of Content:


  • Atomic structure & the periodic table
  • Bonding, structure & properties of matter
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Chemical changes
  • Energy changes
  • The rate and extent of chemical change
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemical analysis
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • Using resources



  • Cell biology
  • Organisation
  • Infection & response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis & response
  • Inheritance, variation & evolution
  • Ecology



  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism & electromagnetism
  • Particle model of matter
  • Atomic structure