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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown


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.


Year 8

Introduction to Science

Earth & Space

Electricity & Magnetism

Organs & Systems

STEM activity 3: ‘Say cheese’

Kinetic Theory


Habitats and Energy in the eco-system

STEM activity 4: Animal feed

Everyday Materials


Year 9


STEM activity 6: Cancer control & combat


Energy Conservation

STEM activity 7: Capturing the wind

Sound & Light

Separation Techniques

Photosynthesis & The Flower

Respiration & Smoking



Year 10

Healthy body & Mind

The Heart

STEM activity 5: Heart Matters


Acids, Alkalis & Classification

Chemical Change

Chemical Reaction

Periodic Table




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



20th May 2019
The Education Authority thanked SJBC for recently participating in their first ever...
15th May 2019
Pupils in 8C and 8D were studying habitats in Science and went out around the school...
5th Apr 2019
8C and 8D dissected a pigs heart today to develop their learning on the Circulatory...
4th Mar 2019
Our Year 10 pupils had a very enjoyable day at the careers event organised by Almac 
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.