Welcome to Science


Sam Hewitt    Head of Science
Dr Louise Seymour Assistant Head of Science
Rebecca Wright Assistant Head of Science
David Hudson  
Chris Thwaites  
Helen Jones                
Chris Dewsnap  
Alix Locke  
Jessica Horsley  
Beth Rooney   Science Lab Technician


Welcome to Barnsley Academy Science Department

The principal focus of learning science is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

At key stage 3 students (years 7, 8 & 9) will begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. They will be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations.

By the end of key stage 4 (years 10 & 11) every student should have acquired the essential scientific knowledge and understanding they need to understand the world they live in. As an integral part of this, students should also have developed a good understanding of the processes and uses of science. The science they are taught should excite them, fire their curiosity and provide a good foundation to study science further.

Throughout the key stages, students will also work scientifically within their science lessons. Working scientifically is described separately at the beginning of the programme of study, but will always be taught through and clearly related to substantive science content in the programme of study. Teachers will choose examples that serve a variety of purposes, from showing how scientific ideas have developed historically to reflecting modern developments in science.

Students will also develop their use of scientific vocabulary, including the use of scientific nomenclature and units and mathematical representations.

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that 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 to 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.

Barnsley Academy Science Department aims to ensure that all areas of the national curriculum are covered by students over the course of their time here.

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