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Bury CE High School

A Church of England Academy with the vision to enable all children to Believe, Achieve and Inspire.


Department Aims


Science at BCEHS works on the development of wisdom through the five key concepts of cells, energy, forces, particles, and interdependence that underpin scientific phenomena. This will instil hope in our children to achieve their aspirations within the world of science.

Understanding science in the context of the real world allows our children to live well in our local and global community.

Students will be confident to evaluate and discuss diverse topics in the world of science, showing respect for the planet and upholding dignity of their self and others.


Scientific literacy is developed by using the following methods:

  • Explicit teaching of root words
  • Explicit teaching of tier three (subject specific) vocabulary
  • Developing awareness of How Science Works through guided practical investigations

Science related attitudes, values and dispositions are developed by:

  • Using outside agencies (such as NHS, PHeT, Royal Society of Chemistry, European Space Agency) to introduce and discuss topics
  • Where appropriate, using anecdotes to cement learning
  • Discussing science in the news with the rigours of empirical discipline; for instance, being aware of scientific claims for consumer products and how the data is collected and presented

Transferring science to careers will be evidenced by:

  • Discussing career aspirations linked to in class learning; for instance, how fitness trainers use knowledge of cells and respiration in their job role
  • Providing career and qualifications information in Looking to my Future section of schemes of learning

Participation in out-of-lesson learning will be encouraged by:

  • The Science Club
  • Participation at local and national science competitions, for instance Salters Challenge
  • Educational visits to science events and establishments


Family science skills and knowledge will be promoted by:

  • Contact and dialogue with home to support scientific exploration within the family
  • Parental support to develop family discussions about contemporary science topics
  • Contact and support to families on how to help their child to develop confidence and resilience in science learning

Knowing people in science related roles will be aided by:

  • Explicit signposting of aspirational careers in science and related subjects
  • Explicit discussions of how specific science skills can be related to other careers; for instance, using concentrations of products in the beauty industry to promote safe practice.

Talking about science in everyday life will be supported by:

  • Discussing contemporary topics in science; for instance, discussion of the development of the COVID 19 vaccine and of climate change
  • Presenting opportunities to explore the historical context of scientific events and developments, for instance, the Chernobyl disaster, the development of atomic theory and the development of genetic theory
  • Supporting families through contact with home to confidently discuss topics. This is through indicating appropriate published resources.

Curriculum Plan



  • Miss C Haigh - Biology, Head of Department
  • Miss K Isherwood - Biology
  • Mrs N Bradburn - Biology
  • Dr S Archer - Chemistry
  • Mr D Coggan - Chemistry
  • Miss J Russell - Physics
  • Mr A Cooper - Physics

Enrichment and Extra-Curricular

We run various school trips and Mr Coggan runs our Science Club.

Knowledge Organizers

Click here to access Knowledge Organisers and Revision Materials

Please note you will need to login to Office 365 using your school email address ( and your normal school password in order to access the resources above.

Further Resources

Click here to access Year 7 resources

Click here to access Year 8 resources

Click here to access Physics resources from Mr Cooper

Click here to access Biology resources from Miss Isherwood

Click here to access Chemistry resources

Click here to access Science Literacy

Please note you will need to login to Office 365 using your school email address ( and your normal school password in order to access the resources above.