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.


Curriculum Aims

There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of science and how science works.  Students need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. Using scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and developing them creatively to generate and test theories.

  • Critically analysing and evaluating evidence from observations and experiments.  
  • Exploring how the creative application of scientific ideas can bring about technological developments and consequent changes in the way people think and behave.  
  • Examining the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science.  Recognising that modern science has its roots in many different societies and cultures, and draws on a variety of valid approaches to scientific practice.  Sharing developments and common understanding across disciplines and boundaries.



In Year 7 Students learn in their mixed ability Tutor groups.  

In Year 8 Students are divided into three bands (w, x and y). Each band has top set numbered ‘1’ and two mixed ability sets numbered ‘2 ‘ and ‘3’.

KS4 students are divided into 2 bands (x and y).  In the ‘x’ band students are set from 1 to 5 and in the ‘y’ band they are set from 1 to 6.



Ged Pounds – Subject Learning Leader

Natalie Kitchener – Deputy SLL in Science

Lynsey McCahill – SENDCO

Kelly Tarlowski

Samantha Isard

Gina Archer

Louisa Salisbury

Toby May

Mark Stevens

Georgie Manning

Victoria Keast

Tory Leason

Sarah-Jane Charles


KS3 pupils are formally assessed once each term based on their current learning topics in biology, chemistry and physics.  A subsequent final assessment, covering all prior learning, is sat at the end of the academic year.  The average of these exams in Year 7 will help to determine appropriate groupings for Year 8 and similarly for Year 8 transitioning to KS4 in Year 9.

All KS4 students follow the AQA GCSE Single Science courses in biology, chemistry and physics.  Exams may be sat in either the Foundation (GCSE Grades 1-5) or Higher tiers (GCSE Grades 4-9).  

Year 9 and 10 pupils will sit 3 formal exams, for each of the science disciplines, each academic year, to assess learning.  

Year 11 pupils will sit two prelim papers, for each subject, during the course of the year.  GCSE exams comprise of two 1h45min exam papers for biology, chemistry and physics.


In KS3 Students are expected to do 20-30 minutes of independent learning (homework) per week.  At the start of each topic area pupils will be given a selection of possible homework ideas for them to choose from; these will be assessed during or at the end of the topic.  Home learning reporting will reflect the creativity, variety and effort given to these tasks.

Students at KS4 will be expected to do a total of 40 minutes to an hour of independent learning per week, per Science that they are studying.  Home learning will be based around, but not exclusively directed to, creating revision, resources: flashcards, mindmaps, posters, etc. Or consolidating class learning with the use of GCSEpod, SENECA or Kerboodle online resources.  Details of home learning tasks and deadlines may be found on the respective classes’ Google Classroom page.

Enrichment and Extra Curricular

Outside the classroom, the Science department also offers a Science club to year 7 students and a Science Technology and Engineering (STEM) club to all other students. STEM club is open to students in year’s 8, 9, 10 and 11 and runs every lunchtime in S105. A variety of projects, competitions and visits are offered throughout the year including the BP ultimate STEM challenge, the Shell bright ideas challenge, the Lego robotics challenge, the Go4SET awards and the Big Bang competition.

The Science department also offer 5 days of enrichment activities in learning enrichment week at the end of the summer term. Students opting for this complete day visits to Fleet Air Arm Museum, We the curious, Paignton Zoo, Plymouth Aquarium and Woodlands with a variety of workshops included.

Students at St Peter’s enjoy Science because they can learn in an exciting, practical and creative way.

Subject Documents Date  
Science Year 7 Curriculum Overview 14th May 2020 Download
Science Year 8 Curriculum Overview 14th May 2020 Download
GCSE Curriculum Overview Biology 14th May 2020 Download
GCSE Curriculum Overview Chemistry 14th May 2020 Download
GCSE Curriculum Overview Physics 14th May 2020 Download