Further details are available below on the subjects available in the Science Faculty for Knutsford School.

Course Summary

The curriculum in Year 7 covers a wide range of scientific subject in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, this includes:

  • Cells
  • Reproduction
  • Classification
  • Differences
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Particles
  • Elements and Compounds
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy and Forces
  • Space and the Solar System

Did you know…

A 70 kg adult contains:

  • Oxygen 43 kg
  • Carbon 16 kg
  • Hydrogen 7 kg
  • Nitrogen 1.8 kg
  • Calcium 1 kg
  • Phosphorus 0.78 kg
  • Potassium 0.14 kg
  • Sulphur 0.14 kg
  • Sodium 0.1 kg
  • Chlorine 0.095 kg

The curriculum is split across the three terms as follows:


Term 1

Module 1: Life support. Pupils will learn about a balanced diet and how our body digests food. The delivery of nutrients and respiratory products around the body will be explored.

Module 2: Keeping healthy. The different types of micro-organisms will be studied along with both the positive and negative effects they have on the defence systems of our body. The effects of immunisation on society will also be considered.

Module 3: People and environment. The adaptations of animals to survive in competitive environments will be studied along with food webs, pyramids of numbers and biomass and sustainable development.

Module 4: Shaping life. The effects of nature and nurture on the behaviour of animals is discussed, along with improvements through both training and genetic manipulation.

Term 2

Module 1: The periodic table. Pupils will learn about the development of the periodic table and the properties of elements in a range of groups.

Module 2: Using elements. Pupils will develop models for small compounds and macromolecules. They will research how the atmosphere has over time and how we can minimise environmental impact.

Module 3: Metal reactions. A series of investigations of the reactions of metals will allow pupils to develop their own reactivity series, whilst producing word equations for the reactions involved.

Module 4: Rocks. Pupils will research the three types of rocks, experimenting to determine their differences, building towards the construction of a rock cycle.

Term 3

Module 1: Heating and cooling. Pupils will investigate how heat travels by conduction, convection and radiation, along with how we can minimise heat loss.

Module 2: Light. The transmittance, absorbance, reflection and refraction of light in a variety of media will be investigated, along with how we observe the colour of objects.

Module 3: Sound. The production and transference of sound waves will be explored along with the visualisation of waveforms, looking at the key properties of pitch and amplitude.

Module 4: Moving around. A further exploration of forces looking at turning moments, pivots, centripetal forces, pressure and terminal velocity.


Students have class assessments on an ongoing basis, homework and an end of year exam.

Year 9 is split into three modules of Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

Module 1 – Biology:

  • Diet, exercise and health
  • Diet and health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Antibiotics and painkillers
  • Immunity and immunisation
  • Nervous system
  • Hormones
  • Plant hormones
  • Drugs
  • Plant and animal adaptations

Module 2 – Physics:

  • Infrared radiation
  • Kinetic theory
  • Energy transfer by conduction and by convection
  • Evaporation and condensation
  • Energy transfer by design
  • Specific heat capacity
  • Heating and insulating buildings

Module 3 – Chemistry:

  • Fundamental ideas
  • Atoms and the periodic table
  • Chemical reactions
  • Limestone and building materials
  • The lime cycle
  • Extracting metals
  • Properties, uses and recycling of metals
  • Crude oil and hydrocarbons

Assessments are held on a regular basis across the modules and via homework. There is also an end of year exam.