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Science at St James's

At St James’s scientific enquiry underpins our science curriculum. Science lessons are thought provoking, stimulating and challenging yet fun. You will often see our young scientists working practically wearing white lab coats investigating science concepts. Many of the science team are ‘real life’ scientists, their knowledge and appreciation of real world science is brought into everyday science learning. Science teaching and learning at St James’s provides our young learners with an appreciation, knowledge and understanding of scientific facts, history, methods and applications that develops their practical and investigative skills. Our young scientists will become critical thinkers, problem solvers and have enquiring minds. Science represents one of the pinnacles of human thinking. Our principle aim is to enrich the lives of our young learners to inspire them to become the scientists of the future.

The study of science fires pupils' curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. Pupils learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change - affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. 

Our aim is to give each student an appreciation, knowledge and understanding of scientific facts, history, methods and applications and to develop their practical and investigative skills. Whether you proceed to advanced studies or finishes your formal Science training at GCSE, our aim is that you have a broad, informed foundation for the future.

The Department

We have 7 well equipped Science Laboratories which are supported by 1 prep room. We have a new trolley of laptops available to use and one of our labs also has computers in it.

Curriculum Features

Please click below to see what you will study in Science

Science Curriculum Map

Key Stage 3

All students are taught a balanced science curriculum (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and How Science Works) from Years 7 to 9.

All pupils are tested at the beginning of Year 7, and are grouped on ability. Within Key Stage 3 there are multiple opportunities to re-group students dependent on performance in formative and summative tests. Units within Key Stage 3 are specifically designed to engage pupils with Science. Topics range from exploring deep space, describing how heat is able to move through metals all the way to describing how heart transplants are performed.

Key Stage 4

 How In Years 10 and 11, you will have a choice between GCSE Science/Additional Science or Triple Sciences; GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science qualifications can lead to a wide range of career pathways including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Biochemistry as well as number of vocational courses including Medicine, Veterinary Science, Medical Physics and Engineering.


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