Key Stage 3 Overview

Students may complete KS2 with knowledge of individual concepts but lack the understanding to apply their knowledge to unfamiliar contexts. The KS3 curriculum at Thomas Gainsborough School provides students with this understanding, and is taught in years 7 and 8. Using the big ideas principle, the generalisations, principles and models which connect concepts are at the heart of our teaching. We believe this is how students learn to see the world analytically, to explain phenomena and make predictions – all skills they need for their next stage of scientific learning. While broadly taught in the three main areas of science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), the topics studied often have a deep cross-curricular link embedded within them.

Key Stage 4 Overview

Students at Thomas Gainsborough begin their GCSE Science studies in Year 9, this allows more detailed learning to the key concepts within the GCSE science curriculum.

Science is a set of ideas about the material world. TGS students develop a vast array of skills in science at GCSE level: whether it be investigating, observing, experimenting or testing out ideas and thinking about them. The way scientific ideas flow through the curriculum is designed to support students in building a deep understanding of science. This involves talking about, reading and writing about science plus the actual doing, as well as representing science in its many forms both mathematically and visually through models.

Primarily taught between two highly skilled science teachers, students will experience all three sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) on a level beyond anything they've done in the previous key stages. It is a linear course, where students will sit all of the exams in the summer of year 11.

Outline of Subject Content at GCSE


  • 1. Cell biology
  • 2. Organisation
  • 3. Infection and response
  • 4. Bioenergetics
  • 5. Homeostasis and response
  • 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • 7. Ecology


  • 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  • 10. Quantitative chemistry
  • 11. Chemical changes
  • 12. Energy changes
  • 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
  • 14. Organic chemistry
  • 15. Chemical analysis
  • 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  • 17. Using resources


  • 18. Energy
  • 19. Electricity
  • 20. Particle model of matter
  • 21. Atomic structure
  • 22. Forces
  • 23. Waves
  • 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism

The Thomas Gainsborough School science department use an online package called Doddle for setting homework, tasks and makes an excellent revision tool; encompassing all Key Stage taught at TGS (KS3, KS4, KS5):

Doddle is designed to help students do more and stay motivated outside of the classroom. Their self-marking homework quizzes provide immediate results and feedback, letting students feel truly connected with what they’re doing. It’s adaptable to student needs: Doddle keeps them organised and encourages independent learning – and it works on whatever device they prefer to use. 

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If you have forgotten your password, please email your science teachers, who will be able to send you a new one.

Department Staff

Miss A Alston Assistant Headteacher Contact
Miss N Beer Teacher of Science Contact
Ms A Bevan-Smith Teacher of Science Contact
Mr G Bradley Head of Science Contact
Mr M Chapman Teacher of Science Contact
Mr D Chiang Assistant Headteacher Contact
Miss E Harte Teacher of Science Contact
Mrs E Holmes Teacher of Science Contact
Mrs A Morris Technician Contact
Miss S Peacock Teacher of Science Contact
Miss K Ritchie Teacher of Science Contact
Mrs S Samways Teacher of Science Contact
Mr W Smith Teacher of Science Contact
Mrs K Turner Technician Contact
Mrs K Ward Teacher of Science Contact