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Science Department Intent

At Lathom our aims in the Science department are to ensure that at both key stages all students:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Science through different types of science enquiries that help them answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of Science, today and for the future

The Science Curriculum

  • Curricula at both key stages will, in terms of subject content, comprise of equal proportions of Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • Throughout all three disciplines, students will be taught how to work scientifically and develop these skills as they move up through the school. They will develop experimental skills through investigation, measurement techniques and learning how to analyse results and evaluate methods used
  • Both the subject content and scientific enquiry outlined above will be developed at KS3 so that students can enter KS4 with levels of proficiency required to enable them to reach their targets and beyond
  • In all aspects of teaching across both key stages, learning will be embedded consistently by all teachers using the following pedagogy:
    • Provide clear learning objectives and success criteria
    • Use activities appropriate for the teaching group
    • Provide clear instruction for students
    • Build in opportunities for students to respond
    • Provide meaningful feedback
    • Periodically check if students have progressed by using appropriate assessment strategies

Key Stage 3

Students in years 7, 8 & 9 receive eight 60 minute lessons a fortnight with homework each week, as is the policy at Lathom. Students are taught in set groups. Progress is tracked and monitored in accordance with agreed procedure. Students complete a baseline assessment on entry in Year 7 and will complete three National Curriculum assessments a year.

Key Stage 4

All students study GCSE Science; the Science department follows the AQA syllabus. Students will study GCSE Combined Science in years 10 and 11. Running alongside this; Triple Science (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry and GCSE Physics) is offered as an option and is studied by approximately 25% of the cohort; these students will complete the remaining units for the Separate Science qualifications.

Enrichment Opportunities

Big Bang Fair Trip
Chester Zoo Trip
Science Summer School
STEM club
Robotics Club
Psychology Club
Science Society

How to Support your Child's Learning

Support your child with homework. Ask them questions about what they are learning about in Science and how it applies to the real world around them. Watch documentaries with them and talk about how the world is changing and the impact that humans are having on the world.

Where to go

Museum of Science & Industry Manchester
Natural History Museum
Knowsley Safari Park
Chester zoo
Blackpool zoo
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
The Sealife Centre
Blue planet Aquarium

What to watch

Gadget Show on Discovery Science - The Gadget Show previews and reviews all the latest and future technology to give you an insight into tomorrow's gadgets today
Brain Games on National Geographic - Brain Games is an American popular science television series that explores cognitive science by focusing on illusions, psychological experiments, and counterintuitive thinking
Nat Geo Extreme Wild on National Geographic - From the most remote environments, to the forbidding depths of our oceans, to the protected parks on our doorsteps, Nat Geo Wild will use spectacular cinematography and compelling storytelling to take viewers on unforgettable journeys into the wild world 
Modern Marvels on History - Modern Marvels is an American worldwide television series that formerly aired on the History Channel. The programme focuses on how technologies affect and are used in modern society
Prehistoric on Animal Planet - Prehistoric Park is a six-part docu-fiction television mini-series that premiered on ITV on 22 July 2006 and on Animal Planet on 29 October 2006

What to read

Horrible Sciences
Catalyst Magazine
Bad Science Series
KS3 CGP Revision Guides
BBC Operation Ouch
500 Things You Should Know about Science
Richard Hammond Blast Lab
Focus Magazine










Future Careers

Applied Science
• Aeronautical Engineer
• Biomedical Engineer
• Civil Engineer
• Chemical Engineer
• Educational Technologist
• Electrical Engineer
• Engineering Technician
• Engineering Technologist
• Petrochemical Engineer
General Science
• Forensic Scientist
• Government Scientist
• Healthcare Science
• Inventor
• Psychologist
• Research Fellow
• School Science Technician
• Scientist
Life Science
• Biologist
• Biomedical Scientist
• Botanist
• Herpetologist
• Medical Laboratory Scientist
• Microbiologist
• Neuroscientist
• Clinical Pharmaceutical Scientist
• Zoologist
Natural Science
• Archaeologist
• Astronaut
• Astronomer
• Biochemist
• Chemist
• Ecologist
• Geographer
• Naturalist
• Oceanographer
• Palaeontologist
• Pathologist

Curriculum Overview - KS3 and KS4 Science


  • The #PROUD theme for Year 7 this half term has been online safety and today students are exploring this in more depth with workshops on Digital Footprints, Online Relationships and Tik Tok https://t.co/dmyz9Yc2FI
  • Its #PROUD day and Year 11 students are engaged in activities around planning for the future. We have CV workshops and FE choice activities, and we are also learning some financial well-being tips and budgeting advice https://t.co/nmJfQBm4z6
  • On our first #PROUD day of this year students in year 10 are considering their well-being and mental health with activities around mindfulness, positive thinking and even trying a bit of yoga. https://t.co/8DC1FestDI
  • Year 8 celebrated their PROUD achievements in assembly yesterday. Amazing half term everybody - keep up the good work #celebration #success #hardwork #achievement https://t.co/uaphpVSjPU
  • Congratulations to our Y7 PROUD award winners for this half term https://t.co/gBne0k1gVE
  • Y7 and Y8 were very excited to meet Paralympic Silver medalist Beth Munro this morning. She shared her story, inspired us with her motto of Aim high, Dream big, answered all of our questions and showed off her medal! https://t.co/g5HkBJxhh5
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