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Nucleus STEM Curriculum

Students within the Nucleus Gifted STEM Stream will cover broadly the same curriculum as the rest of their year group with some notable exceptions; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science.

The amount of curriculum time for these subjects varies, with a reduction in curriculum time for certain other subjects to allow greater access to the STEM subjects. All Nucleus students will be targeted at grade 9 in their GCSEs in the Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Nucleus students will have access to small group peripatetic Music lessons, learning to play an instrument of their choosing.  The cost of this is covered by Nucleus STEM Stream.

Nucleus STEM Science Curriculum

KS 3 science topics are taught to STEM groups by two teachers experienced in delivering the three separate sciences to A level. STEM students receive nine hours of Science compared to 6 hours for the rest of the cohort.  Therefore, students cover the topics in greater detail to stretch and challenge their abilities as scientists.

Year 7 Nucleus Science Topic Summary

Term 1

Particles

Cells, tissues, and organs

Enrichment

Term 2

Cells, tissues, and organs

Energy

Enrichment

Term 3

Energy

Reproduction and variation

Enrichment

Term 4

Reproduction and variation

Chemical reactions

Enrichment

Term 5

Chemical reactions

Forces and motion

Enrichment

Term 6

Ecological relationships and classification

Enrichment

Year 8 Nucleus Science Topic Summary

Term 1

Ecological relationships and classification 

Light and space 

Enrichment

Term 2

Light and space 

Periodic Table 

Enrichment

Term 3

Periodic Table 

Digestion and nutrition

Enrichment

Term 4

Digestion and nutrition 

Electricity and magnetism

Enrichment

Term 5

Electricity and magnetism

Materials and the earth 

Enrichment

Term 6

Materials and the earth

Plants and photosynthesis

Enrichment

Year 9 Nucleus Science Topic Summary

Term 1

Forces in action

Reactivity

Enrichment

Term 2

Reactivity

Plants and photosynthesis

Enrichment

Term 3

Plants and photosynthesis

Matter

Enrichment

Term 4

Energetics and rate

Sound waves

Enrichment

Term 5

Sound waves

Biological systems and processes

Enrichment

Term 6

Cells

Enrichment

Year 10 Nucleus STEM Topic Summary

Term 1

Biology

Organisation

 

Chemistry

Quantitative chemistry

 

Physics

Particle model

 

 

Term 2

Biology

Organisation

Infection and response

 

Chemistry

Chemical Changes

 

Physics

Atomic structure

 

 

Term 3

Biology

Infection and response

 

Chemistry

Energy Changes

 

Physics

Motion

Forces
 

Term 4

Biology

Bioenergetics

 

Chemistry

Energy Changes

 

Physics

Forces

Term 5

Biology

Homeostasis

 

Chemistry

Rates of reactions

 

Physics

Forces

Waves

Term 6

Biology

Ecology

 

Chemistry

Organic Chemistry

 

Physics

Waves

Year 11 Nucleus STEM Topic Summary

Term 1

Biology

Inheritance

 

Chemistry

Organic Chemistry+

Chemical analysis

 

Physics

Forces+

Waves

 

Term 2

Biology

Inheritance

Ecology

 

Chemistry

Atmosphere

Using resources

 

Physics

Waves

 

 


 

Term 3

Biology

Ecology

 

Chemistry

Using resources

Paper 1 recap

 

Physics

Magnetism 

Space 

 

Term 4

Biology

Ecology

Homeostasis

 

Chemistry

Paper 1 revision

 

Physics

Paper 1

Revision

 

Term 5

Biology

Revision

 

Chemistry

Revision

 

Physics

Revision

Term 6

Biology

Revision

 

Chemistry

Revision

 

Physics

Revision

 

 

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