Curriculum Overviews

Science Combined ScienceTriple Science

Subject: Science

Faculty Leader: Mr A Sirett

Deputy Faculty Leader: Miss A Brazil


School Mission

'As a Catholic school, our mission is to show love through our respect for others.  We value our God-given gifts, talents and abilities. Our aim is to bring out the best in everyone, within a safe and happy environment.  Everyone should know that we are followers of God by what we do, not just by what we say .'

Faculty Vision

"This, and future generations, will have to tackle the problems of a rapidly changing climate, a planet strained for finite resources, and a decline in biodiversity that has not been seen for millennia. As a faculty we feel it is vital that we are developing a group of young people who are equipped with the skills and knowledge that such a demanding world requires."

Inspirational Quote

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change"

Charles Darwin

Curriculum Intent

The rationale of the current science curriculum at The Barlow Roman Catholic High School is:

  • To develop curious, inquisitive young minds that will one day influence society.
  • To equip students with the knowledge required to solve unfamiliar problems, in a rapidly changing   world.
  • To embed an ethos of investigation into all concepts, and to wonder about what lies beyond.
  • To develop a skill set that allows for life-long learning to continue long after they have left The   Barlow.
  • To develop contextual, and relevant knowledge in all branches of science.
  • To promote an appreciation of scientific phenomena, and an awareness of the role it is has had in   developing our understanding of the world around us.
  • To raise awareness of the role of humans in our changing world, and the potential we have to enforce positive change.

KS4 Course Rationale

AQA GCSE (9-1) Combined Science GCSE (Trilogy) and AQA GCSE (9-1) Biology, Chemistry and Physics

  • All courses provides a wide breadth of study across the 3 major branches of Science.
  • The examinations provide an accessibility that is not as apparent from other course providers.
  • The availability of revision resources is far greater for the AQA specifications.
  • The question style present in the examination papers is consistent, applying command words the students have worked with from Year 7.
  •   Question style on assessments from AQA have analysed the literacy demand for paper and as a result have adjusted the presentation and sentence length for questions, pertinent for a lower literacy ability pupil.

Useful Websites: 

Comibed Science Examination Specifications

AQA Combined Science 

Key Stage 4 Separate Science Examination Specifications:

AQA Biology

AQA Chemistry

AQA Physics

Other useful websites: (for which each pupil has a login)

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