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.  Chemical Reactions.
  • Biology: Living systems.  Diet and Health.   Genetics and Evolution.
  • Physics: Working Scientifically. Forces and Motions. Space.

Year 8

  • Chemistry: Acids and Alkalis.  The Earth and the Atmosphere.
  • Biology:  Photosynthesis, Respiration and Circulation.  Human Reproduction.  Ecosystems and Climate Change.
  • Physics:  Energy. Electricity and Electromagnetism. Waves. Levers and Moments.

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 9 will study a practical skills unit between September-February half term which are all focused on the teaching and skills development of a range of the required practicals for the new GCSE specification. From February half term, year 9 will then be studying AQA Combined Science Trilogy course, with a number of pupils going down the separate science route.

Year 10 and Year 11

The majority of year 10 and 11 will follow the new AQA Combined Science Trilogy course. A number of pupils will be following separate sciences which include the topics above with more coverage and a greater breadth and depth 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.

The topics taught in year 10 include:

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

The topics taught in year 11 include:

Biology – Photosynthesis, respiration, the nervous system, hormonal control and homeostasis, reproduction, variation, genetics and evolution, adaptations, ecosystems and biodiversity.

Chemistry – Rates of reaction and equilibrium, crude oil and fuels, chemical analysis, the earth’s atmosphere and resources.

Physics – Forces, motion, waves and electromagnetic waves and electromagnetism.

For each topic above, there will be additional content or topics which are taught in addition to these for separate sciences.