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Year 9 Learning

Throughout Year 9, students will continue to build on fundamentals of each area of Science whilst considering the fact that Science alone doesn’t hold all of the answers. Students will begin to appreciate the technological advances that have enhanced the study of Science, in preparation for starting the GCSE course towards the end of the year.


Learning Cycle

Key Concepts

Autumn 1

Reproduction and genetics





Interactions & interdependence

  • Human reproduction and development
  • Plant reproduction and seed dispersal
  • DNA, Variation & evolution


  • Competition and extinction
  • Food chains and webs
  • Biodiversity


Autumn 2

Earth structure and atmosphere




  • Rocks and rock cycle
  • Extracting metals
  • Global warming and climate change


Spring 1

Energetics and Atmosphere



  • Endothermic and exothermic reactions
  • Global warming and climate change


Spring 2






  • Wave speed and wave behaviour
  • Light and sound




Summer 1





  • Our solar system
  • Satellites
  • Days and seasons

Summer 2

Biology Paper 1 – Cell Biology: Fundamentals

  • Types of cell
  • Tissues and organs
  • Microscopy
  • Cell division
  • Stem cells and specialisation

This is what students will know by the end of each term.