Durham Johnston Comprehensive School

Dare to be wise

Science at Durham Johnston School

"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science."

Edwin Powell Hubble (November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953) American astronomer


Students follow our Wikid scheme of work in year 7 and 8. Wikid is a contemporary science course that allows pupils to learn science in context of how it is used in everyday life. In year 7 & 8 students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups and year 9 students are broadly set in ability groups. 

Assessment varies for each year group; Year 7 are assessed on the new school based statements, whilst year 8 will continue to be assessed using APP. In year 9 first three half terms will be assessed using SAT style questions. The final three halt terms students will begin the GCSE course and will be assessed appropriate questions.

More detailed information can be found in our programme of study document here.


Year 7 Topics

Forensics – Theme Park – Extinction – Electromancer – A&E– Lost in Space


Year 8 Topics

Fireworks – Moja Island – Olympics – Festival – Survival – Top Gear


Year 9 Topics

Biology:Inheritance – Fit and healthy – Plants and photosynthesis

Chemistry:Elements, compounds and equations – Acid reactions – Patterns of reactivity

Physics:Light us up – Machines - Waves