Thinking Critically

Working Scientifically

Making Connections

In science our goal is to inspire students towards a love of science, including increasing the uptake of A-Level sciences.

We want to fascinate and engage MHS students in their learning, so they are able to work scientifically.

To foster a desire to problem solve and think critically in and outside of the classroom, empowering or students to put their own mark on the future and challenge stereotypes around gender and ethnicity.

By challenging our students we aim to give them the confidence and skills they will utilise throughout their life making key connections, between the scientific ideas they have learnt, their everyday lives and the wider world.

MHS Science students will:

  • Be confident and curious about scientific ideas.
  • Develop logical and analytical thinking skills.
  • Apply problem solving skills to unfamiliar situations.
  • Become independent and responsible.
  • Experience success.
  • Become resilient – using the provided opportunities and guidance to reflect improve.
  • In year 7 students will look at what it means to be a scientist.
  • In year 8 students will look at how scientists understand the world
  • In year 9 students will look at how scientists explain phenomena

MHS Science teachers will:

  • Motivate and inspire students to reach their potential.
  • Adapt content to make it accessible for all their students, including SEND students.
  • Provide regular feedback in lessons to guide students towards their next steps in their learning.
  • Be knowledgeable and promote STEAM pathways for further study and careers.
  • Set and expect high standards for all students.
  • Demonstrate the context of the science we are teaching.

MHS Science lessons will:

  • Provide materials to maximize progress for all.
  • Be personalised but consistent to ensure all students have covered all powerful knowledge.
  • Be clear with the key terms for the lesson.
  • Frequently include retrieval activities to help students retain information, encourage metacognition, and inform teacher planning.
  • Have AfL embedded to allow personalised and responsive teaching.

Years 7 - 9

Year 7

We follow the National Curriculum for Science and use our own in-house schemes of learning. Topics covered include:

  • 7B1 - Cells and the beginning of life

  • 7B2 - Organ systems

  • 7C1 - Chemical reactions

  • 7C2 - Elements and compounds

  • 7P1 - Energy and matter

  • 7P2 - Electricity and magnetism

Year 8

We follow the National Curriculum for Science and use our own in-house schemes of learning. Topics covered include:

  • 8B1 - Health and the Human body
  • 8B2 - Plants and photosynthesis
  • 8B3 - Adaption and inheritance
  • 8C1 - Purity and separating substances
  • 8C2 - The Periodic table
  • 8C3 - Chemical reactions 2
  • 8P1 - Forces
  • 8P2 - Light and sound
  • 8P3 - Power and Sankey

Year 9

Science is taught as 3 subjects, Biology, Chemistry & Physics and all students are taught by 3 teachers (or on occasions 2 teachers). The top 2 sets (approx. half the year group) start GCSE Triple Science courses. Please see individual subject areas for GCSE topics. 

Topics taught in non-Triple science groups are:


  • 9B1 Biodiversity and the Environment
  • 9B2 Key Concepts in Biology
  • 9B3 Cells and Transport
  • 9B4 Enzymes and Organs


  • CP1 - Chemistry in Context
  • CT1a - Key Ideas - Atomic Structure
  • CT1b - Key Ideas - The Periodic Table
  • CT2a - Key Ideas - Bonding, Structure & Properties
  • CT2b - Key Ideas - Carbon & Nanoparticles


  • 9P1 Pressure and Space
  • 9P2 Force and Motion
  • 9P3 Energy
  • 9P4 Particle Model

Years 10 - 11

For years 10 and 11 view our BiologyChemistry and Physics pages.