Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Science Curriculum Area

Science Curriculum Area

Curriculum Leader: Mrs. L. Petts
Second in the Curriculum Area: Mrs. A. Holden
Staff: Dr. W. Aston
  Miss S. Beesley
  Mrs. H. Bonner

Mrs. V. McShane

  Miss E.Cassell
Lead teacher of Physics: Mr. B. Needham
KS3 Science Coordinator: Mr. D. Tye
  Mr. B. Willis
Lab Technicians: Mrs. W. Gibbons
  Mrs. E. Speakman



Science Curriculum Intent

The science curriculum area’s vision is to engage young people in science and develop scientists of the future. We wish to create a stimulating and exciting learning environment where the teaching is both challenging and supportive. By empowering students to learn independently we allow them to flourish and achieve to the very best of their ability. We only offer the highest standards including quality resources and a safe, comfortable environment.

The science department aims to educate our students to become citizens of a scientific world and perhaps inspire some to become future scientists and engineers. We hope to motivate students to consider the social, cultural and moral issues related to science. We aim to teach them to use scientific knowledge and skills with confidence and accuracy and to enhance their education with an array of enrichment opportunities.

Science Curriculum Implementation

Our Science curriculum area is one of the largest in school with nine teaching staff, eight well equipped laboratories and two supportive technicians. 

KS3 science

We deliver a 2-year Key Stage 3 programme of study, incorporating fully the National Curriculum. An online learning platform called Kerboodle is used to access a resource called ‘Activate’.  Activate is an exciting KS3 Science course designed to spark curiosity in science and support students on their learning journey through KS3 to KS4 success. Pupils finishes KS3 at the end of Y8 with a solid foundation of the knowledge and skills of science.  All pupils have access to an online textbook and digital learning resources.

Pupils in Y7 & Y8 will usually have one science teacher for all three lessons a week. They are taught a variety of biology, chemistry and physics topics.

The KS3 curriculum plans can be found via the links below. They set out the order and length of each topic.  Assessment dates are also given although they are subject to change.

The pupil’s knowledge is assessed regularly throughout Key Stage 3 with the use of assessments after two topics and access to online exam questions. The questions are differentiated and will allow access to all abilities. Skills are also assessed at KS3 using core practicals. All assessed work is kept in folders in the department.

Programmes of Study: Science Key Stage 3


KS4 Science

Science is a core subject and must be studied by all students until they leave school. There are two routes of study at KS4 Science, both routes follow AQA specifications. 

  • Separate science GCSEs ( 3 GCSEs)
  • Combined Science GCSE- Trilogy (2 GCSEs)

In year 9 students will start their GCSE studies after Christmas, having spent the autumn term further developing the necessary practical & mathematical skills they require for KS4 science study.

For more details on each of the GCSEs we offer including specification (knowledge and skills needed) and final assessment details, please use the links below.

We are very privileged to have a highly qualified team of biology, chemistry and physics teachers; therefore, we can offer all our pupils specialist teachers in each subject area.

The KS4 curriculum plans can be found via the links below. They set out the order and length of each unit of work.  Assessment dates are also given although they are subject to change. Combined science pupils have 15 assessments over 2 ½ years. Biology has 7 assessments; Chemistry has 10 and Physics has 7. Skills are also assed via required practicals.

Programmes of Study: Science Key Stage 4

Curriculum impact

The science curriculum area has a very strong academic track record. In 2019, 84.3% of all pupils achieved a standard double pass or above (44). The number of pupils going on to study the sciences post-16 is well above the national average. Attendance at science enrichment and revision activities is high. Regular learning walks, work scrutinise and pupil voice surveys provide on-going evidence of the quality of teaching and learning and inform further development of the curriculum implementation and curriculum area provision.


All pupils at both key staged have regular assessments of their knowledge and skills as indicated in the curriculum plans above. This information is used to inform planning and intervention where necessary. All assessed work is stored in assessment folders within the department. It is the science curriculum area policy to provide written feedback to pupils on their knowledge assessments and practical skills however classwork and homework will not routinely be teacher assessed.

Pupils will be given a varied diet of science homework tasks dependent on their year group. Examples of science homework may include questions to support classwork, past examination questions, spellings, revision, research or an extension piece of literacy/maths/creative work. Pupils will regularly be set science homework to complete online at and Homework will usually be peer or self-assessed in class. Pupils will receive verbal feedback on their homework where appropriate.


In science we like to give students the opportunity to take science away from the classroom, through various trips, clubs and activities. We do this to provide the students with unique opportunities to see different aspects of science, that would not be covered or seen in a standard teaching classroom. These activities are design to enrich and enhance students' understanding and participation in science.


Astronomy Club:

Open to all years. Students explore the night sky using telescoped, star charts, and apps. (Postponed in 20-21 due to Covid-19)

Crest Club Bronze Award:

Open to KS3 students.

Pupils design their own investigation and upon completion, gain the British Science Association Crest Club Bronze Award. (Postponed in 20-21 due to Covid-19)

Science club:

Fun science activities for KS3 pupils (Postponed in 20-21 due to Covid-19)

Dissection club:

Y10 only, learn more about anatomy including how to suture. (Postponed in 20-21 due to Covid-19)

Space Day & Jodrell Bank trip:

For Year 7.

Pupils spend an entire day in the science department, exploring the aspects of space, via a variety of activities. These include; rocket building, entering the space dome planetarium, looking at real meteorites and moon rock from the Apollo mission (courtesy of NASA), and participating in an interactive talk by the author of Stars and Planets, Denis Ashton. This is followed by a second day trip to Jodrell bank to learn about the Lovell Telescope.

Blackpool Zoo

For Year 8

The whole year group is taken on a trip to Blackpool Zoo to aid with the classification of animals, and how they have adapted to survive. Students also receive a talk from the experts at the zoo.

In addition to clubs and whole year group visits, the science curriculum area attends dozens of competitions, open days and events each academic year such as;

  • Salters Chemistry Festival:
  • Science and Technology Challenge:
  • Cambridge Chemistry camp.
  • What can science do for me? Science Careers Day:
  • Physic Olympics
  • The Vivit experience- live autopsy events.
  • Forensics psychology challenges



Science homework club

  • Drop in.
  • Wednesday lunchtime.
  • 1.30-2.00pm in S7.
  • Run by Science teachers.
  • 1 : 1 support with homework

Revision classes

  • GCSE revision classes will start after February half term. Details will be given to pupils and published on the school website.
  • Available for all pupils
  • After school 3.30-4.15pm
  • Pupils may be specifically requested to attend revision classes if the classroom teacher feels extra intervention is needed. Parents will be informed by letter or telephone if this is the case.

Online revision

All members of the science department are happy to support their students and will offer their time to pupils at lunchtime and breaks by arrangement. If you require additional information please feel free to contact me or Tel: 01772 600 349