“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the Universe around him and calls the adventure Science” 

- Edwin Hubble -


Curriculum Vision

At Barnsley Academy, we passionately believe that studying science is a fundamental part of a broad and full education. We believe this because: 

  1. Every one of our students has the right and the responsibility to become a scientifically informed citizen. Scientifically informed citizens are critical thinkers, they understand how to interpret data and where to seek evidence for scientific statements; this means they are equipped to be successful in the modern world. 

  1. Every one of our students has the right to understand how the natural world works, from their own bodies to the life cycle of stars. All of our students should understand the basic principles that underpin biology, chemistry and physics so that they can place their own experiences in the context of scientific knowledge.  

  1. The challenges faced by humanity have been caused to some extent by science and can only be solved with its help. The jobs of the future will increasingly require scientific knowledge. Our curriculum ensures our students will be the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. 

Acquisition of knowledge  

  1. We believe that every student at Barnsley Academy, regardless of prior or current attainment, has the right to access the rich body of scientific knowledge, from Mendeleev's periodic table through Watson and Crick’s discovery of the structure of DNA. 

  1. Our consistent use of explicit instruction and systematic retrieval practice across all classes ensures all students make progress in science, including those with SEND. 

Application of knowledge  

  1. Our curriculum introduces students to the ‘big ideas’ in science. These are applied over the years to a range of different contexts allowing students to make links as well as practising applying knowledge. 

  1. The science curriculum draws together 100s of years of scientific discovery but is taught in a way that is applicable to our student’s everyday experience.  

Understanding the scientific method 

  1. Science has been discovered over the centuries through the scientific method. Through our curriculum, students are made aware of historically significant discoveries and scientific method that led to the discoveries. 

  1. The scientific method skills are embedded in lessons, and always taught within a science context. We do not have standalone working scientifically units or lessons, and wherever possible each skill will be delivered across each of the three sciences to improve fluency. 

University and Careers

University and Careers 

We aim to promote a love of science and actively encourage students to further their studies at KS5 and beyond. Studying science to Key Stage 5 and beyond can lead to many different careers. These include: 
archaeologist, biomedical engineer, biostatistician, botanist, data analyst, data scientist, ecologist, forensic scientist, immunologist, marine biologist, microbiologist, oceanographer, pathologist, pharmacologist, veterinarian, and zoologist. 

Career Pathways in Science
Examples of vocational courses that relate to science
  • Level 3 Applied Science - Exeter College
  • T-Level in Healthcare Science - This course is suitable for anyone interested in a career in health or science.
  • T-Level in Science - This course is suitable for anyone interested in a career in science.

The Science Team

The Science Department at Barnsley Academy is made up of enthusiastic teachers who are passionate about their subject. Students are encouraged to ask teachers about their degree subjects in order to promote careers in science.

  • Ms Rebecca Wright - Head of Science
  • Mr Chris Dewsnap - Acting Head of Science
  • Mr David Hudson – Teacher of Science
  • Mrs Helen Oakenfold – Teacher of Science
  • Dr Louise Seymour - Teacher of Science
  • Miss Lucy Duke – Teacher of Science
  • Mr Nathan Markey – Teacher of Science
  • Ms Rudo Mazhandu - Teacher of Science
  • Mr Jacob Wilkinson – Teacher of Science/PE
  • Mr Harry Barlow – Teacher of Science/PE
  • Ms Amanda Nimmo - Teacher of Science/Maths

More Information 

For more information on our curriculum please contact:

Mrs Rebecca Wright
Head of Science

Currently on maternity leave

Mr Chris Dewsnap
Acting Head of Science

Curriculum Overview

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