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Saint John Houghton Catholic Voluntary Academy

Learning without limits





The Team

Mrs K Finney –  Head of Science
Mr J Nash – Teacher of Science (Second in Department)
Mrs A Chandler – Teacher of Science
Mr C Farbrother – Teacher of Science
Mrs E Gilmartin – Teacher of Science
Miss M Turgoose – Teacher of Science


Key Stage 3

In year 7 and 8, students are guided by the Activate Scheme of Work that provides a practical, rich learning experience. This not only quenches students’ thirst for knowledge and understanding but also hones their practical skills in preparation for their KS4 studies.


The curriculum is based on five big ideas that underpin all content:
Knowledge and Application – describing and explaining scientific processes and phenomena.


Investigating – planning ways of collecting valid, reliable, accurate an precise data to use as evidence to answer hypotheses.


Data Handling – analysing and interpreting data including drawing graphs and manipulating data using equations.


Concluding and evaluating – evaluating the merits of collective data and drawing valid conclusion from a range of sources.


Research and project – researching ideas based on a science project and completing a project challenge each term.


In year 9, GCSE content is introduced whilst still building on and consolidating skills from KS3.


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Key Stage 4

Students follow the AQA Science courses. The specific course students will follow depends on a number of factors including performance during year nine and discussions with parents. All students have the opportunity to study ‘Combined Science’ whilst a number of students will be offered the choice of ‘Separate Science’. In both routes, students will study all three Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The route taken does not affect the chances of students being eligible to study A Level Sciences at post-16.


Assessment is by 6 examinations which cover the content below:


  • Biology: cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation and evolution and ecology
  • Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes, the rate and extent of chemical change, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere and using resources.
  • Physics: energy, electricity, particle model of matter, atomic structure, forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism and space physics (physics only)


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