The National Curriculum recognises the importance of Science in schools, by including it as a compulsory subject up to the age of sixteen.

The study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

The National Curriculum 2007

The science department at St. Benedict’s aims to develop a pupil’s knowledge, skills and understanding of how science works through the study of

• Organisms and health
• Chemical and material behaviour
• Energy, electricity and radiations
• The environment, Earth and universe

What Will You Do - KS3?

The Key Stage 3 National Curriculum Programme of Study is followed and delivered in the following topics

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Staying Alive
Why are we different?
What are things made of?
Be reactive
How things move
Using energy
Earth, Space and beyond
Systems for survival
How do we stay healthy
How do living things
What’s in a reaction?
Heating and cooling
Finding out about light
and sound
Exploring magnetism
Changing Earth
Are you fit?
Upsetting the balance
Chemical reactions
Environmental chemistry
Calculating forces
Earth and Space
Energy and conservation

Students will have 3 one hour science lessons per week throughout years 7, 8 and 9.

In year 7 and 8 students will receive one 30 minute homework per week. In year 9 this increases to two 40 minute homeworks per week.

Students will be assessed using a combination of topic tests and Assessing Pupil Progress (APP) tasks.

A final end of key stage examination will also be taken towards the end of year 9.

What Will You Do - KS4?

The Science Department offers three routes through Key Stage 4. These routes are tailored to meet the needs of students of all abilities and aspirations. All routes follow the new AQA exam board science specifications


This is the route usually followed by the majority of students

Year 10 Science A GCSE then

Year 11 Additional Science GCSE


This is the route that should be followed by those intending to take science subjects beyond GCSE and particularly those wishing to pursue a science-related career.

GCSE Biology + GCSE Physics + GSCE Chemistry


A small number of students will study the Science GCSE over two years and also complete an Entry Level Certificate (ELC) Science alongside it

Science GCSE + Entry Level Certificate Science

For full details of the Science GCSE courses offered please refer to the GCSE Options Booklet

What Will You Do - KS5 / IB?

Students studying the International Baccalaureate are able to choose from the following Experimental Science subjects

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

For full details of the International Baccalaureate and the science courses offered in our Sixth Form please refer to the Sixth Form Prospectus

Trips & Cross-Curricular Links

You will follow a spiral course designed to develop your abilities in;

  • Using and Applying Maths
  • Number and Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics

Each year will re-visit and build on the previous year’s learning.
You will be encouraged to develop;

  • A positive attitude towards Maths
  • An ability to think and communicate clearly, accurately and logically
  • An ability to solve problems using Maths skills, independently and as part of a group
  • An awareness of how Mathematics is used in everyday life.

For further information please contact Mrs S Bragg, Head of the Science Department