Science (Available for both KS3 and 4 in 2 formats for KS4)

Science is extremely practical and curiously engaging at Colours Academy. In KS3, Pupils cover topics in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. In year 7, pupils will learn:-

  • The structure and function of living organisms- cells and organisation, Nutrition and digestion, the skeletal and muscular systems, gas exchange systems and Reproduction

  • The particulate nature of matter

  • Atoms, elements and compounds

  • Pure and impure substances

  • Chemical reactions

In Year 8, pupils will learn:-

  • Motion and forces- describing motion and forces, pressure in forces, balanced forces and forces in motion

  • Waves- Observed waves, energy and waves, light waves and sound waves

  • Energy- exploration of fuel in different contexts, energy changes and transfers inc changes in systems

  • Chemical reactions- inc scientific skills and working safely

In KS4, pupils have a choice of either 'Double Award' or 'Triple Award'. Triple award applies more focus on each individual science learning area (physics, biology or chemistrywhereas Double Science is more generally focused on the three. Both awards have additional science practicals which are mandatory ,as part of the course.

Biology Topics will cover;

  • Using Microscopes and learning about cells

  • Specialised cells and bacteria

  • Enzymes

  • Genetics

  • Health, disease and development of medicines

Chemistry topics will cover;

  • States of matter

  • Methods of separating and purifying substances

  • Atomic Structure

  • The periodic table

  • Ionic bonding

  • Types of substance

  • Calculating mass

  • Acids

  • Electrolytic Processess

Physics Topics will cover;

  • Forces and Motion

  • Conservation of energy

  • Waves

  • Light and the electromagnetic  spectrum

  • Radioactivity 

Astronomy (Available at KS4 only)


Be ready to open up the universe! Astronomy GCSE includes the study of Naked eye and telescopic astronomy. Other topics include:

  • Planet Earth

  • The lunar disk

  • Observation of the solar system

  • Celestial Observation

  • Planetary motion and gravity

  • The moon

  • Exploring starlight

  • Stellar Evolution

  • Cosmology (And much more!)

Psychology (Available for KS3 and 4)

In KS3 Pupils will learn:-

  • The biology of Psychology- including Anatomy of the brain, synapses and neurotransmitters, the eyes and genetics

  • Research Methods- including case studies, observations and using questionnaires

  • Key psychology studies

  • Writing Hypotheses 

In KS4 pupils will learn:-

  • Understanding development of psychology, development stages and theories. Ethnical issues of research, observation as a research method, interpreting scattershot graphs. Moral development.

  • Memory- short and long term memory, models of memory, research experiments, theories and contextual studies. Amnesia, designing studies, reductionism and holism.

  • Psychological studies- including mental health, diagnosis of disease, depression genetic and cognitive explanation, drawing and interpreting frequency graphs, addiction, cognitive behavioural therapy, drug treatments, arithmetic and numerical computation

  • The brain and neuropsychology- anatomy of the brain, synapses and neurotransmitters, brain lateralisation, neurological damage and it's effects, historical perspectives case studies.