Importance of science in schools


The teaching of science offers students the ability to access a wealth of knowledge and information which will contribute to an overall understanding of how and why things work like they do. Science is able to explain the mechanics and reasons behind the daily functioning of complex systems, which range from the human body to sophisticated modern methods of transport. Children are able to use this knowledge to understand new concepts, make well-informed decisions and pursue new interests. Science also helps to provide tactile or visible proof of many facts we read about in books or see on the television; this helps to increase understanding and helps children and teenagers to retain that information.


Many students find science extremely inspiring and interesting. Science instills a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop understanding and form questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future. Students who excel in science lessons are likely to develop a strong ability to think critically

At Byrchall we believe that a better education in science for your child can also mean better things for society by helping students develop into more responsible citizens who help to build a strong economy, contribute to a healthier environment, and bring about a brighter future for everyone.

All pupils at Byrchall study science through Y7 to Y11.  They learn science via topics based in Biology, Physics and Chemistry.  All pupils study Key Stage 3 science and this builds on their prior learning from primary school, whilst preparing them for Key Stage 4 (GCSEs).  We ensure that pupils are confident with their subject knowledge & understanding and with the skills needed for them to make excellent progress.

We are a 12 strong team of staff, with specialists in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, dedicated to delivering the very best in teaching so that every student enjoys science and experiences the highest quality learning.  We have a dedicated science teaching assistant and a science technician.  We are housed in 8 laboratories, which allow plenty of opportunities for practical work, and a Science Learning Centre, as well as preparation rooms for equipment and Chemicals storage.

At Key Stage Four pupils, at the very least, will study for two science GCSEs.    All pupils will be given the opportunity to select the option to study for three separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Alongside science lessons there are after school science clubs that your child can join and various trips and visits throughout the year.  Revision classes after school and during holidays are also offered at crucial times of the year to support your child further.

Every pupil in year 11 receives a revision guide and workbook to help with their study time at home.

Science surrounds us. It is everywhere in our daily lives - all day, every day!  At Byrchall we help pupils see and understand this.

Science is involved when we choose what to eat, or choose products with the least impact on the environment or make informed decisions about our health-care.

Understanding science is crucial for all of us, so we can be informed and active in our country's future and the World’s future.

Doing science develops our ability to ask questions, collect information, organise and test our ideas, problem-solve and apply what we learn.

Even more, science is a platform for building confidence, developing communication skills, and making sense of the world around us.

Our knowledge of science comes from the contributions of many different cultures and people. Access to science education develops confidence and positive self-image for all learners, regardless of culture, gender, race, social class or religious beliefs.

Subject Content

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Autumn Spring Summer
B Cells Systems (Diffusion) Human Reproduction Interdependence Plant Reproduction Digestion
C Particle model Changes of state Elements and compounds Separation Representing reactions Chemical reactions (Oxidation)
P Energy & Forces Energy transfers Forces Astronomy Electricity Fuel bills / appliances
B Biomechanics Respiration Microbes Photosynthesis Health Plants for food (bioaccumulation)
C Periodic table Acids Reactivity Materials Rocks Earth and human impact
P Speed Astronomy calculations Pressure and moments Heat transfers Magnetism Energy resources
B Photosynthesis Evolution Genetics Cells Natural defence Enzymes
C Periodic tables Astronomy Microbes Fundamentals

Separation techniques
Changes of state

Atomic structure
Bonding & structures (Ionic, covalent, metals)
P Magnetism Heating & Cooling Fuel bills and appliances Energy Forces and pressure
B Photosynthesis Circulatory system Digestion / biological molecules Cellular respiration Nervous system Genetics and inheritance
C Periodic table Bonding & structures & Nanoscience Rates of reaction Quantitative chemistry Metals and reactions Acids, bases and salts Organic chemistry Electrolysis
Energy changes
P   Electricity Calculating energy changes Solar system Waves Speed, distance time graphs, forces and motion
B Organisms & Their Environment

Proteins & Functions
Respiration Patterns of Inheritance Organisms Changing Through Time Revision
C Rates of Reaction Exothermic & Endothermic Reactions Acids, Bases & Salts Electrolysis
P Using mains electricity safely & the power of electrical appliances What happens when radioactive substances decay, and the uses and dangers of their emissions Nuclear fusion and fission Review P2.1-2.6

Triple Award
B Movement of molecules in and out of cells Transport systems in plants and animals Homeostasis

Humans and their environment
Review Revision
C Periodic Table

Energy Transfers

Chemical Analysis
Ammonia Production

Organic Chemistry
P Medical Applications of Physics Using physics to make things work Keeping things moving Review

Year 7 Medium Term Plan

Year 8 Medium Term Plan

Year 9 Medium Term Plan

Year 10 Medium Term Plan

Year 11 Medium Term Plan