Science Departments Aims 

  • To set challenging targets with high expectations for all pupils.
  • To offer a variety of approaches to teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils and demand their active participation.
  • To smooth the transition for pupils between Key Stages and ensure progression in teaching and learning throughout their time at St. Bede’s.
  • To explore enrichment opportunities outside the curriculum to enhance pupils’ enjoyment of science.
  • To encourage pupils to continue with their science education after St.Bede’s.
  • We aim to encourage that thirst for scientific discovery which will empower pupils to explore their world and provide that platform for pupils to aspire to scientific careers including research, dentistry, pharmacy and medicine.


At the end of his/her science education in this school, each pupil will be able:

  • To perform basic experiments safely.
  • To understand the science likely to be encountered in daily adult life.
  • To reason clearly and logically, and to set out a rational argument.
  • To approach problems systematically, develop hypotheses, and choose appropriate techniques to test these.
  • To follow logical instructions clearly expressed.
  • To experience satisfaction in and enjoyment of his/her scientific achievements and experiences.
  • To make at least expected progress from KS2 to KS4.
  • To obtain the best possible results at KS4

In addition, we hope that pupils will acquire a love of science and want to further their knowledge beyond KS4.


Pupils will cover the new National Curriculum and prepare for GCSE.

Topics covered are:

Year 7

  • Chemistry: Particle theory.   Atoms, Elements and Compounds.  Reactions.
  • Biology: Living systems.  Diet and Health.   Genetics and Evolution.
  • Physics: Forces and Motions.  Levers, Moments and Pressure.  Electricity and Electromagnetism.

Year 8

  • Chemistry: Atoms, Elements, Compounds and Mixtures 2.  Reactions 2.  The Atmosphere and Products from Oil.
  • Biology:  Photosynthesis, Respiration and Circulation.  Diet and Health 2.  Genetics and Evolution 2.
  • Physics:  Forces and Motion 2.  Waves.  Electricity and Electromagnetism 2.

Year 9

In addition to the new GCSE based units of work pupils will also be encouraged to explore the practical side of science. This is to help prepare the pupils for the new GCSEs in science where all examinations include a requirement for pupils to conduct and analyse practical investigations

Year 10

The majority of year 10 will follow the new AQA Combined Science Trilogy course which includes the following topics:

Biology – Cells and methods of transport, cell division, organization and the digestive system, circulatory system and gas exchange system, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, preventing disease and vaccines, photosynthesis and respiration.

Chemistry – Atomic structure, the periodic table, structure and bonding, chemical calculations, chemical changes, electrolysis and energy changes

Physics – Energy conservation, energy transfers, energy resources, electric circuits, electricity in the home, molecules and matter and Radioactivity

A number of pupils will be following separate sciences which include the topics above with more coverage and a greater breadth of study

All pupils will carry out a number of required practical activities in biology, chemistry and physics. These will be examined on the final exam papers to be taken at the end of year 11.

Year 11

All pupils will cover either OCR 21st Additional Science or they will complete their OCR 21st Separate Science courses.

Additional topics include – Processes of life, Chemical patterns, Explaining Motion, Growth and development, Chemicals of the natural environment, Electrical circuits, Brain and mind, Chemical synthesis and radioactive materials

Separate science topics include:

Biology – Peak performance (skeleton, movement, heart and homeostasis); Learning from nature (ecosystems, waste disposal and sustainability) and new technologies (genetic modification of bacteria, GM crops and Stem cells)

Chemistry – Carbon compounds (alkanes, alkenes, acids and fats and oils); Energy in Chemistry (exothermic reactions and reversible reactions) and Chemical analysis (chromatography and titrations)

Physics – Naked-eye astronomy (planets and eclipses); Telescopes (imaging stars, telescopes and mirrors); Mapping the Universe (distances to stars and measuring distances) and Stars (how hot are stars, what fuels the sun, how do stars form and how do they end)

Click link below to view case studies:

Magnesium & Acid : Time for Reaction

Carbonate & Acid: Time for Reaction

Carbonate & Acid: Gas Volume

Carbonate & Acid: Gas Syringe

Light Intensity