Here at Woodlands, our aim is that all pupils will make progress and achieve a qualification in Science that is relevant to them. This is achieved through the use of varied teaching strategies such as practical investigations, modelling, group work, discussion and play.


Key stage 3 pupils are taught in Transition groups known as T1 and T2. The aim of KS3 Science is to arm pupils with the enthusiasm, skills and the background knowledge to successfully complete a qualification at KS4. Pupils will cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics in line with pupils in mainstream schools.


In Key stage 4, pupils are taught in vertical ability groups which include year 9, 10 and 11 pupils. They complete at least one qualification chosen specifically for their needs. This year, all KS4 pupils are completing an OCR GCSE in Environmental and Land based studies. The course is 60% coursework, 40% exam (2 exams in total) and consists of the following units:

  • Unit B681 – Management of the environment
  • Unit B682 – Plant cultivation and small animal care
  • Unit B684 – Environmental and Land-Based Science portfolio


During this academic year (2014-15), the Science department will be investigating which qualifications will be most suitable to offer pupils from September 2015. This may include a variety of levels of qualification such as Entry Levels, BTECs and additional GCSE’s but this will depend on the requirements of the pupils.


For more information on the curriculum at Woodlands School please contact Jules Taylor on 01939 232372 or