St Columba's Catholic Boys' School



Purpose of study

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.


The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

At St Columba’s we believe the study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations.


From year seven pupils will learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They will discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.

We hope to prepare pupils to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

Key Stage 3


Teachers have very high expectations of students and we aim to provide the best support and encouragement for our students. As teachers we are aware of students’ academic achievements and know their capabilities, we use this information to set personalised targets for each individual and are aware of how to set ambitious but achievable targets. We have a very good support system in place with the SEN department and staff often discuss lesson plans and activities with teaching assistants and HILTAs.

Numeracy & Mathematics

As science is a key subject in school life as well as outside school. We strongly believe in cross circular activities which is why you will find that numeracy is used a great deal in science. Graph work is undertaken, drawing and interpreting results tables, measuring and predicting rates of reactions are often used in science.

Literacy and vocabulary

Students are greatly encouraged to speak and write fluently in all aspects as this has been shown to improve their understanding of topics when revising but also encourages students to think more scientifically if they are constantly reminded of correct terminology and asked specific questions to stretch their vocabulary and understanding. By using vocabulary correctly during lessons it allows students to have open discussions and analyse ideas together, debate and discuss advantages and disadvantages to specific aspects, a skill that is very useful in exams. In a further attempt to support students during lesson extended writing exam questions are practiced and marked with students to demonstrate the level of written communication that is expected.

Y7 Term 1 Y7 Term 2 Y7 Term 3
Biology Chemistry Physics
Cell, Tissues, organs and systems Mixtures and separation


Sexual reproduction Acids and Alkalis Current electricity
Muscles and bones The particle model Forces
Ecosystems Atoms, elements and molecules Sound
End of term exam (December) – Biology End of term exam (April) – Chemistry End of term exam (June) –


Y8 Term 1 Y8 Term 2 Y8 Term 3
Chemistry Physics Biology
Combustion Fluids Food and nutrition
The Periodic table Lights Plants and their reproduction
Metals and their uses Energy transfers Breathing and respiration
Rocks Earth and space Unicellular and organisms
End of term exam (December) – Chemistry End of term exam (April) –


End of term exam (June) – Biology
Y9 Term 1 Y9 Term 2 Y9 Term 3
Physics Biology Chemistry
Forces and motion Genetics and evolution Making materials
Force fields and electromagnets Plant growth Reactivity
Physics revision and projects Biology revision and projects Chemistry revision and projects
GCSE transition GCSE transition GCSE transition
End of term exam (December) –


End of term exam (April) – Biology End of term exam (June) – Chemistry
GCSE (9-11)
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Last updated: November 13, 2018 at 17:44 pm