Science

Science at St. Bernard’s is taught separately as the three disciplines of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This is to ignite a love of all three specialisms, celebrating their similarities and differences. This also better prepares students for taking GCSEs in each specialism. 

We have a spiral curriculum which involves students being taught content from key themes throughout their learning journey, each time they revisit the theme they will add more skills and knowledge to their understanding. This curriculum ensures that content is regularly revisited and therefore embedded more thoroughly. 

Curriculum Overview – Year 7

During Y7, in Biology, students will be introduced to cells and respiration; genetics, reproduction (focusing on plants), organisation, and plants and ecosystems. To enrich the KS3 Biology curriculum we also introduce them to the theme of disease. In Chemistry, students are introduced to the themes of atomic structure, rates of reaction, periodic table, chemical reactivity, Earth and the atmosphere, and chemical analysis. In Physics, students explore the themes of Energy, Waves, Forces, Electricity, Matter, Space, and Magnetism and pressure. In all three specialisms students will also develop their skills around investigation, practical, scientific method and maths and literacy in Science. Lessons are regularly linked to careers and the wider world allowing students to see Science beyond the classroom. 

Curriculum Overview – Year 8

In Y8, in Biology, students will revisit and develop their understanding of the key themes of cells and respiration; genetics, reproduction, organisation, plants and ecosystems, and disease. In Chemistry, students will further develop their understanding of atomic structure, rates of reaction, periodic table, chemical reactivity, Earth and the atmosphere, and chemical analysis. In Physics, students will build upon their understanding of Energy, Waves, Forces, Electricity, Matter, Space, and Magnetism and pressure. In all three specialisms students will continue to develop their skills around investigation, practical, scientific method and maths and literacy in Science. As with Y7, lessons are regularly linked to careers and the wider world allowing students to see Science beyond the classroom. 

Curriculum Overview – Year 9

In order to allow all of our students to study a full breadth of the three specialisms, every student will begin the study of GCSE Biology (AQA),  GCSE Chemistry (AQA),  and GCSE Physics (AQA) in Year 9. We believe every student deserves the opportunity to explore and study the full range of topics which would not be available if a combined course were taken. This better prepares students for understanding the world around them as Science literate citizens and also prepares those who wish to further their science education and careers prospects. 

In GCSE Biology students will explore the themes of Cells, Disease, Organisation and Bioenergetics for their paper 1, and Genetics, Body control (homeostasis and hormones) and Ecosystems for their paper 2. These themes will build on the foundations established by the spiral curriculum in KS3. The enriched curriculum means that students will explore more about homeostasis and Evolution. 

In GCSE Chemistry students will build on the foundations established by the spiral curriculum in KS3 by studying the themes of Atomic Structure and the periodic table, Bonding, Reactions, Electrolysis, and Quantitative Chemistry for their paper 1, and then they will also explore themes such as Organic Chemistry and Analysis for their paper 2. The enriched curriculum means that students will explore more about flame tests. 

In GCSE Physics students will study the themes of Energy, Electricity and Molecules, atoms and radiation, for their paper 1, and Forces, waves, space and magnetism for their paper 2. The themes such as space are part of our enriched curriculum. As with the other specialisms, each GCSE theme will build on the foundations established by the spiral curriculum in KS3. 

Curriculum Overview – Year 10

In Y10 students continue their Science learning journey by continuing with the study of GCSE Biology (AQA),  GCSE Chemistry (AQA),  and GCSE Physics (AQA). The enriched curriculum means that students will explore more about Plant diseases, the Haber process and Light. 

In GCSE Biology students will revisit and develop their understanding of the KS3 themes and the GCSE themes of Cells, Disease, Organisation and Bioenergetics for their paper 1, and Genetics, Body control (homeostasis and hormones) and Ecosystems for their paper 2. 

In GCSE Chemistry students will revisit and build on the KS3 themes and the GCSE themes established in Y9. Including Atomic Structure and the periodic table, Bonding, Reactions, Electrolysis, and Quantitative Chemistry for their paper 1, and then they will also explore themes such as Organic Chemistry and Analysis for their paper 2. 

In GCSE Physics students will complete their study of the themes of Energy, Electricity and Molecules, atoms and radiation, for their paper 1, and Forces, waves, space and magnetism for their paper 2. 

Curriculum Overview – Year 11

In Y11 students complete their Science learning journey by being entered for GCSE Biology (AQA) and GCSE Chemistry (AQA). The enriched curriculum means that students will explore more about Biotechnology and Nanoparticles. After school revision is also available to support students throughout the year. 

In GCSE Biology students will complete their study of the GCSE themes of Cells, Disease, Organisation and Bioenergetics for their paper 1, and Genetics, Body control (homeostasis and hormones) and Ecosystems for their paper 2. In GCSE Chemistry students will also complete their study of the GCSE themes. Including Atomic Structure and the periodic table, Bonding, Reactions, Electrolysis, and Quantitative Chemistry for their paper 1, and then they will also explore themes such as Organic Chemistry and Analysis for their paper 2. 

Curriculum Leader

Miss R Leckeyrleckey@sbch.org.uk 

Dr J Pope (Assistant Curriculum Leader)jpope@sbch.org.uk 

Teacher of Science

Mrs F Barber – fbarber@sbch.org.uk

Mr G Parker – gparker@sbch.org.uk

Mr M Hunt – mhunt@sbch.org.uk

Mrs S Morris – smorris@sbch.org.uk

Dr M Shaw – mshaw@sbch.org.uk