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We sadly say goodbye to our fabulous Chef Graham who is leaving us to embark on a fantastic and exciting venture. Thankyou Graham and we wish you well 👋👨‍🍳 ⁦


Huge thanks to Paula ⁦⁦⁦ who had a long queue of TS staff eagerly queuing up for a well deserved tea break organised by the wonderful PTA and generous parents. THANKYOU! ⁦


What a fabulous tea break we had today! ⁦


More happy TS staff enjoying their tea, coffee and cakes. Thank you parents and wonderful PTA and Paula from ⁦⁩ ☕️🧁 ⁦


What a lovely surprise TS staff were treated to today from our wonderful parents. Gorgeous teas and coffees and yummy cakes. Thankyou for your generous treat ⁦⁦


⁩ kindly mentioned Twickenham School and Ms Ruse in her newsletter. It is always a pleasure to see her at TS and many thanks for your support on the judging panel. ⁦⁩ ⁦


Help is always at hand at TS, as shown by some wonderful Year 9 students who taught some Year 7s the colours in French during lunchtime today 🌈. Merci beaucoup et bravo! 👏 ⁦


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Checklist for : 1/ Spend at least 30 mins a day doing something I love 2/ Set clear boundaries with work/study 3/ Check in with someone close to me 4/ Journal for 5-10 mins three times a week 5/ Explore my nearest green space


Lovely messages of thanks and support keep coming in - “Thank you for the 5 years, for all your dedication and hard work”. Team Twickenham making us proud! It is down to our amazing students and school community. Thank you TS families.


Year 11 students developing field sketching as a qualitative data technique today in school. Impressive skills everyone 👏 ⁦


Posters created and presented by Y10 students in science today. Wonderful to see so much detail 🧪 ⁦


Another lovely parent message: “Alfie is the series leader in the Bridgestone Nationals...and he also won the first round of the British championship. Thank you for your support.” We are proud to celebrate our student successes! ⁦⁦


We love receiving messages from parents that make us proud to be part of the TS family. Here is a lovely one we received this week: “Thank you for your continued support. *** has thrived and grown throughout his time with you”


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students proud to be graduating yesterday. Challenging ourselves and persevering is the key to success!


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A quick game of dodgeball after the Year 10 mock exams!


students proud to be graduating yesterday. Challenging ourselves and persevering is the key to success!


Ms Ruse was delighted to receive good news today! Twickenham School pupil Sam Newbold has been accepted to do a 4 year engineering apprenticeship with ⁦⁩ Teddington. Congratulations Sam 👏 ⁦ l#proudteachers


Very impressive balancing from our Year 9 girls. No signs of wobbling!


Science lessons at Twickenham School always bring out a smile!


Year 10 students have been studying light diffraction using diffraction glasses kindly gifted by 🕶. ⁦



At Twickenham School we believe that science forms an essential part of a good education for all students. The aim of the Twickenham School Science Department  is to ensure that all students enjoy science, are aware of the applications of science beyond the classroom and leave us with a strong pass in science/ We will achieve this in a number of ways:

  • building on prior learning in key stages 1 and 2 in order to develop a life-long enthusiasm for science
  • encouraging all students to consider further study of science and entry to scientific careers post-16 and beyond
  • developing students’ interest in science in the wider world through activities such as school visits, science clubs and competitions.

We will make sure that all students have the opportunity to make outstanding progress in science in the following ways:

  • by recognising each students’ current needs and setting them as appropriate so that they receive the appropriate level of challenge
  • by recognising that students do not always make linear progress and ensuring that setting arrangements are regularly reviewed and students have opportunities to move between sets
  • by using a wide variety of teaching methods, including hands-on practical work
  • by using assessment to inform students on how to further improve their learning
  • by ensuring very able scientists have are suitably challenged and are able to study separate sciences at GCSE

Specialist teaching

Years 7 to 10 will be taught by specialist teams with separate teachers of biology, chemistry and physics. For years 7 to 9 students are taught on a carousel, regularly changing teachers and specialisms. In years 10 and 11 students have separate biology, chemistry and physics teachers.

All students have separate exercise books for biology, chemistry and physics.

The rationale for specialist teaching is:

  • to enable students to understand that science consists of three different academic disciplines and be able to identify their interests, strength and areas for development in each
  • to enable students to make informed choices about post-16 study and careers in science
  • to enable the science department to continue to develop a high quality curriculum that is well resourced by working in specialist teams.

    Setting in science

    Year 7 science classes are taught as mixed ability groups. However, setting may occur during Year 7 is this is thought to be in the best interest of students.

    Years 8 to 11 are taught in ability sets.  Arrangements for setting are regularly reviewed and there are termly opportunities for students to move between sets.


Key stage 3

Twickenham School Science Department delivers key stage 3 across two years in Years 7 and 8. The curriculum fully complies with the national curriculum and is sequenced to ensure that topics are delivered in a logical way in order to develop students’ knowledge and skills. The curriculum is also being developed to ensure early introduction on knowledge and skills relevant to GCSE sciences, for example, by introducing some of the required practicals such as microscopy or simple calculations using physics equations.

Links are made to key stage 1 and 2 science in order to build on prior learning. To facilitate this Twickenham School has developed a number of links with local primary schools, for example, offering on-site science lessons for Key Stage 2 students and running joint science clubs.

Curriculum Sequence



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2



Passport to Science


Particles & their Behaviour


Structure & function of body systems

Elements, atoms and compounds

Chemical reactions

Waves- Sound and light


Acid and Alkali

The Periodic Table

Space and the Universe



Health and Lifestyle

Separation techniques 1 (Filtration and Evaporation)

Separation techniques 2 (Chromatography and distillation)

Electricity and Magnetism

Ecosystem processes

Metals and acids


Adaptation and inheritance

The Earth/history of the atmosphere and the carbon cycle

Motion and pressure


Required Practical


Year 9

Students begin GCSE sciences in Year 9 by following a GCSE transition course. This course is based on the AQA GCSE biology, chemistry and physics specifications and covers key knowledge and skills. The course builds on prior knowledge from Key Stage 3 and topics have been chosen to engage and enthuse students.

All students follow the same curriculum in Year 9 which will allow them to choose separate or combined sciences for study in Years 10 and 11.


Year 9 GCSE Transition Science Course

Biology 1 – An introduction to cell biology and microscopy

6 weeks / 30 lessons

Cell structure 4.1.1

  • Animal and plant cells
  • Cell specialisation
  • Cell differentiation
  • Microscopy – RP1

Cell division 4.1.2

  • Mitosis and the cell cycle
  • Stem cells and ethics

Extension: Culturing microorganisms, including RP2


Biology 2 – Enzymes and the digestive system

6 weeks / 30 lessons

Principles of organisation 4.2.1

Animal tissues, organs and organ systems 4.2.2

  • The human digestive system, including RP4 and RP5
  • The heart and blood vessel
  • Blood
  • Coronary heart disease

Extension: Investigating the effect of pH on enzyme activity


Chemistry 1 – Chemical changes: the reactions of metals and acids

6 weeks / 30 lessons

Metal oxides 4.4.1

The reactivity series

Extraction of metals and reduction

Reactions of acids 4.4.2

  • Reactions of acids with metals
  • Neutralisation and salt production
  • Soluble salts, including RP1
  • The pH scale and neutralisation

Extension: Titrations, including RP2 (technique only, not complex calculations)

Balanced equations and simple calculations can be introduced as appropriate


Chemistry 2 – Principles of bonding and structure

6 weeks / 30 lessons

A simple model of the atom 4.1.1

  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Relative electrical charges of subatomic particles
  • Size and mass of atoms
  • Relative atomic mass
  • Electronic structure

Introduce the periodic table but do not cover its history

Chemical bonds, ionic and covalent 4.2.1

  • Chemical bonds
  • Ionic bonding
  • Ionic compounds
  • Covalent bonding

Extension: practical work to investigate ionic and covalent compounds


Physics 1 – Electrical circuits

6 weeks / 30 lessons

Electricity 4.2

  • Current, voltage and potential difference
  • Electrical charge and current
  • Current, resistance and potential difference – RP3
  • Resistance – RP4
  • Series and parallel circuits

Extension – static electricity

This topics gives an opportunity to introduce physics equations and calculations


Physics 2 – Energy

6 weeks / 30 lessons

Energy changes in a system 4.1.1

  • Energy stores and systems
  • Changes in energy
  • Energy changes in systems – RP1
  • Power

Extension – investigating thermal conductivity, including RP2

This topics gives an opportunity to further introduce physics equations and calculations


Key Stage 4

Years 10 and 11

Students currently either opt to follow the AQA GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics or AQA GCSE Combined Science Trilogy courses.

Curriculum Sequence



Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2


Biology – Infection and response

Chemistry – chemical changes

Physics – Particle model of matter


Biology – Bioenergetics

Chemistry – quantitative chemistry

Physics – Atomic structure

Biology – Bioenergetics

Chemistry – Energy changes

Physics - Forces

Biology – Homeostasis and response

Chemistry – The rate and extent of chemical change

Physics - Forces

Biology – Homeostasis and response

Chemistry – The rate and extent of chemical change

Physics - Forces

Year 10 mocks exams based on science paper 1 topics

GCSE Physics only – Space science



Biology – Inheritance and selection

Chemistry – Organic chemistry


Physics – Forces

Chemistry – Chemical analysis

Chemistry – Chemistry of the atmosphere / Using resources

Physics - Waves

Biology – Ecology

Physics – Magnets and electromagnetism

Exam preparation and terminal examinations

Exam preparation and terminal examinations