Science

Department Ethos

Our curriculum provides powerful wisdom which in turn provides limitless opportunities.

At Bishop Perowne, the Science department functions to provide students with deep knowledge of our world within the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

These disciplines are each underpinned by five big ideas which can be seen in the table below.

BiologyChemistryPhysics
The cellular basis of lifeSubstances and propertiesMatter
Heredity and lifecyclesParticles and structureForces and motion
Organisms and their environmentChemical reactionsSound, light and waves
Variation, adaptation and evolutionEarth chemistryElectricity and magnetism
Health and diseaseDynamic EarthEarth in space

Year 7

Students start with an introduction to science unit, which helps students to understand the importance of health and safety in the laboratory. They learn about common lab equipment, safety symbols and how to operate equipment such as a Bunsen Burner.

After this unit, students enter a cycle of biology, chemistry and physics units, providing an opportunity to observe, experiment and develop the foundations of knowledge which can be built upon in year 8.

The topics covered and the links to the big ideas can be found in the table below.

CodeTopicBig Idea
Introduction to ScienceNone (Skills relevant to all ideas)
1ACells and Sexual ReproductionCellular basis of life, heredity and lifecycles
1DSolids/Liquids/Gases, Atoms and ElementsSubstances and properties, particles and structure
1FEnergy and ElectricityMatter, electricity and magnetism
1BFood and Digestion, Microbes and DiseaseOrganisms & their environment, health & disease
1EAcids and Alkalis, Simple Chemical ReactionsSubstances and properties, chemical reactions
1GLight and SoundSound, light and waves
1CHabitatsOrganisms and their environments, variation adaptation and evolution
1HThe Rock CycleDynamic Earth, Earth chemistry

Year 8

The year 8 Science course aims to build a deeper understanding of scientific concepts from year 7 and providing students to apply their understanding to new content. For example, in unit 2C, students build on their understanding of habitats and organisms that live there to further exploration of the links between species and how classification works.

The topics covered and the links to the big ideas can be found in the table below.

CodeTopicBig Idea
2AHealth and RespirationHealth and disease
2DElements, Compounds and MixturesSubstance and properties, particles and structure
2FForces, Magnets and ElectromagnetsForces and motion, electricity and magnetism
2BPlants and PhotosynthesisOrganisms and their environment
2EMetals and Patterns of ReactivitySubstance and properties, chemical reactions
2GSpeed, Pressure and MomentsForces and motion
2CInheritance, Variation and ClassificationHeredity and lifecycles, variation adaptation & evolution
2HEarth and SpaceEarth in space, Dynamic Earth

Years 9 to 11

When starting the GCSE programme of study, students will follow either the combined science pathway or the triple science pathway.

The units studied for each pathway are the same, but with triple science having an additional unit. In addition, within each unit there are additional lessons for triple science students.

Details of the units are given at the end of this section.

Combined Science Pathway

The combined science pathway offers two GCSE grades in combined science and students have one teacher delivering the specification.

At the end of the course, students will sit 6 science exams, each of which will be 1hr15mins long.

Students will sit either foundation tier (which can award up to two grade 5’s) or higher tier (which can award up to two grade 9’s).

Triple Science Pathway

The triple science pathway offers three GCSE grades – one for each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students have three science teachers, each delivering one of the science disciplines.

At the end of the course students will sit 6 science exams, each of which will be 1hr45mins long. Students will sit either foundation tier (which can award up to three grade 5’s) or higher tier (which can award up to three grade 9’s).

GCSE Science Units

BiologyChemistryPhysics
B1 – Cell BiologyC1 – Atomic structure and the Periodic TableP1 – Energy
B2 – OrganisationC2 – Bonding, Structure and Properties of MatterP2 – Electricity
B3 – Infection and responseC3 – Quantitative chemistryP3 – Particle model of matter
B4 – BioenergeticsC4 – Chemical changesP4 – Atomic structure
B5 – Homeostasis and ResponseC5 – Energy changesP5 – Forces
B6 – Inheritance, Variation and EvolutionC6 – The Rate and Extent of Chemical ChangeP6 – Waves
B7 – EcologyC7 – Organic ChemistryP7 – Magnetism and Electromagnetism
 C8 – Chemical AnalysisP8 – Space Physics
(Triple Pathway only)
 C9 – Chemistry of the Atmosphere 
 C10 – Using Resources 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)

Our aim is to encourage and develop the scientifically literate students of the future, who are both curious and fascinated by the world that surrounds them, and wish to pursue science to higher and further education and/or take up careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

Our thriving STEM department provides the opportunities for our students to do just that with a variety of activities on offer to enhance, enrich, and support the enthusiasm of our students that attend.

Each week there are activities taking place in the science department from 3-4pm. Students conduct experiments outside of the curriculum, embedding scientific practice and stretching their enquiry skills.

There is also be a robotics arm of STEM taking place in the DT block, where students undertake the challenge of building and coding a robot to compete with other schools, both regionally and nationally.

Students who attend STEM will also have the opportunity to pursue CREST awards, a nationally recognised accreditation which enables students to investigate an area of interest and present their findings.

With a wide variety of skills and expertise offered by staff who run STEM, students have the flexibility to choose which area they wish to explore/develop further across the academic year.

Year 11 Subject Resources

Description Type
Biology: Exam Board (AQA) Resources  External Link
Chemistry: Exam Board (AQA) Resources  External Link
Physics: Exam Board (AQA) Resources  External Link
Science (Combined): Exam Board (AQA) Resources  External Link
Science: School Revision Guide  School PDF Document

Our Staff

Mr C Aitken

Teacher

Mr J Baggott

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Miss S Cook

Technician

Mr O Elmougy

Head of Department

Miss K Kirkham

Teacher

Miss G Olseen

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Mrs D Peters

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Mrs K Pinchin

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Mrs J Price

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Mrs S Price

Technician

Miss E Smallwood

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Ms L Spurgin

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Mrs A Williams

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