St Ambrose Barlow RC High School

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School


Intent Statement

We aspire to produce learners who are skilled critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators and team players. Students will develop their minds by accessing a stimulating and challenging curriculum supported by a programme of opportunities that will support the creativity and curiosity of each and every one of them. At the conclusion of their high school career, our students will be capable of applying their scientific knowledge to contemporary issues, making connections between scientific disciplines, and pursuing post-secondary education or careers in the many and varied disciplines of science and engineering. 

Science Department Staff

Mrs C Rogerson - Subject Leader 

Mr N Cohen 

Mr N Irwin

Mr D Martindale 

Miss V Mills

Mr S Murray 

Miss R Powell

Mrs A Robb

Mr M Wharmby 

Key Stage 3

Students in years 7, 8, and 9 follow the AQA Key Stage 3 Science Syllabus. Throughout Key Stage 3, we aim to teach engaging lessons that develop scientific skills as well as knowledge and understanding. Lessons are hands-on involving many practical activities.

Year 7 students can also attend an after school Science Club providing further hands-on practical Science opportunities. By the end of Key Stage 3 students should have an understanding of the big ideas in Science which should equip them well for success at GCSE level.

Science topics are grouped in themes that cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Themes include Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystem and Genes. Each theme is partly taught in year 7 and partly taught in year 8. Within Forces, for example, Speed and Gravity are taught in year 7 and Contact forces and pressure are taught in year 8

A link to the AQA Key Stage 3 Science Syllabus can be found here:

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Maps 

Year 7 Science Curriculum Map final updated 2021-22

Year 8 Science Curriculum Map final updated 2021-22

Year 9 Science Curriculum Map final updated 2021-22

Key Stage 3 Knowledge Organisers

Key Stage 4

Science - Recovery Curriculum

Under normal circumstances The GCSE Science curriculum would be completed as detailed in the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps. Due to the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic a modified curriculum is being delivered which specifies what students learn in school and remotely. The department examined the Scheme of work and decided which elements of the course were essential and would still give the students the required knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course. The recovery curriculum maps are available below.

Recovery Curriculum Maps

Year 10 Recovery Biology
Year 11 Recovery Biology
Year 10 Recovery Chemistry
Year 11 Recovery Chemistry
Year 10 Recovery Physics
Year 11 Recovery Physics
Combined Science Recovery

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Maps