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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown
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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

Key Stage 3

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

 

KS4 Overview

In St John the Baptist’s College we offer 3 options of Science that you can choose to study at GCSE level…

  • OCN Science
  • Single- Award Science
  • Double- Award Science

 

OCN Science

This option is an applied subject which means that your final grade will be awarded from your coursework mark rather than through sitting an exam paper. This will be offered to pupils studying a vocational path.

Single-Award Science

This option includes four elements; chemistry, biology, physics and practical skills. It is an exam based subject so if you choose to study this subject you will sit 3 exam papers, complete a practical assessment and sit a final exam paper based on practical skills.

 

Exam Paper weightings

Unit 1: Biology 25%

Unit 2: Chemistry 25%

Unit 3: Physics 25%

Unit 4: Practical Skills

Booklet A-Practical Skills Assessment 7.5%

Booklet B-Written Examination 17.5%

 

            

Double-Award Science

This option will reward you with 2 GCSE grades. You must choose this option if you wish to study Science at A Level.

This option has 7 units which will be completed over the 2 year GCSE period. This includes 2x biology exam papers, 2x chemistry exam papers and 2x physics exam papers and also a practical assessment (students will carry out 18 prescribed practical activities during the 2 years)

 

Exam Paper weightings:

Year 11:

Unit B1: Biology 11%

Unit C1: Chemistry 11%

Unit P1: Physics 11%

 

Year 12:

Unit B2: Biology 14%

Unit C2: Chemistry 14%

Unit P2: Physics 14%

 

Unit 7: Practical Skills

Booklet A- Practical Skills Assessment 7.5%

Booklet B- Written Examination 17.5%

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

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News

12th Jan 2022
Year 10 pupils testing for acids and alkalis
 
 
 
9th Dec 2021
Year 11 pupils calculating average speed down a ramp in Science
 
 
 
25th Nov 2021
GCSE pupils enjoying a well deserved pizza party after sitting their GCSE Double...
 
 
 
22nd Nov 2021
GCSE pupils enjoying a well deserved tea party after sitting their first GCSE biology...
 
 
 
19th Nov 2021
Year 9 pupils preparing onion slides in Science
 
 
 
5th Oct 2020
Year 8 pupils learning how to light the Bunsen burner! 
 
 
 
5th Oct 2020
We welcome Miss Hughes to the Science department this year! 
 
 
 
13th Nov 2019
Students made planets of the Solar system out of balloons and paper mache