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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown

Science

In St John the Baptist’s College, the Science Department strives to inspire, motivate and challenge pupils through a broad, coherent and practical programme of study at Key Stage 3.  Our science lessons are designed to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in world around them.  

It is the objective of the science department to enable pupils to become well informed, confident citizens in an increasingly technological world.  Pupils experience a variety of activities during their course of study and are given every opportunity to apply scientific knowledge and ideas to help them solve problems.  It is our aim that pupils begin to make personal decisions and judgements based on their scientific knowledge on issues concerning personal health and well being, safety and the care of the environment, as well as equipping them with the important skills necessary in the world of work.

 

KS3 Overview

At Key Stage 3, Science is delivered over 3 periods per week.. Pupils in Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 follow a General Science Programme incorporating topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Throughout Key Stage 3, pupils are provided with opportunities to develop their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. Additionally, pupils are encouraged to set personal targets for progress and to review these targets on a regular basis.

CURRICULUM

Year 8

Introduction to Science

Earth & Space

Electricity & Magnetism

Organs & Systems

STEM activity 3: ‘Say cheese’

Kinetic Theory

Gases

Habitats and Energy in the eco-system

STEM activity 4: Animal feed

Everyday Materials

 

Year 9

Cells

STEM activity 6: Cancer control & combat

Energy

Energy Conservation

STEM activity 7: Capturing the wind

Sound & Light

Separation Techniques

Photosynthesis & The Flower

Respiration & Smoking

Water

 

Year 10

Healthy body & Mind

The Heart

STEM activity 5: Heart Matters

Forces

Acids, Alkalis & Classification

Chemical Change

Chemical Reaction

Periodic Table

Reproduction

Genetics

Environment

Extra - Curricular Provision

EXTRA- CURRICULAR PROVISION

The Science Department contributes extensively to the school’s extra-curricular provision. Extra-curricular activities at Key Stage 3 include:

  • Weekly Science Club
  • Eco Schools Club
  • Educational Visits to Exhibitions and Shows e.g. W5 at the Odyssey, Belfast., Planetarium Visits, Visit to the Zoo
  • Competitions
  • STEM Activities, STEM visits to South West College, Dungannon
  • Sentinus Workshops
  • GCSE science tuition

USEFUL WEBSITES

News

 
 
24th Oct 2018
Year 9 pupils were outside collecting leaves to add to our pile for making leaf mould....
 
 
 
26th Sep 2018
10M were outside today learning about weeds and composting.
 
 
 
26th Sep 2018
Pupils from 9A started work today on the chassis of their friction motor car.
 
 
 
18th Sep 2018
An exciting afternoon in the STEM Club with pupils starting to design and paint their...
 
 
 
10th Sep 2018
We welcome Mrs O’Neill to the Science Department in SJBC!