Staffing of the department

Ms K Cruickshanks – Head of Department
Miss A O’Brien – Second in charge
Mr A Moore – Science Teacher
Mr B Fisher – Science Teacher
Miss U Murphy – Science Teacher and Head of Year 8
Mrs L McHale – Senior Technician

Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum

The aim of Science at St Ursula’s is to encourage our students to think and work scientifically as young female scientists. Our teaching focuses on building the skills, knowledge and understanding to underpin progression within the subject enabling students to access further education and work in scientific fields. The content is taught across biology, chemistry and physics, identifying the connections between these disciplines

KS3 Curriculum

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. We focus on the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding, such as the links between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all of these interactions.
Students will be supported in ‘Working scientifically’ and understanding that science is about working objectively, modifying explanations to take account of new evidence and ideas and subjecting results to peer review.

KS3 Programme of study


Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Working Scientifically Voltage and resistance GCSE content will begin during year 9.
Cells Elements  
Particles Digestion  
Gravity Magnetism  
Movement Waves  
Sound Respiration and breathing  
Light The periodic table  
Separating mixtures Inheritance  
Acids and Alkalis Climate  
Reproduction Photosynthesis  
The Universe Evolution  
Energy The Earth’s Atmosphere  
Current Pressure and work  


Special requirements

Lab coats
Safety goggles
Scientific calculators

Extra-Curricular Activities

Our STEM club provides students with additional enjoyment of science after school and promotes great interest in the students. Science is our passion, teaching is a joy, behaviour is exemplary, results are outstanding and staff are committed, creative and reflective. We have awarded over 300 girls the BRONZE Crest Award and hope to award many more.

Links to useful sites for KS3 students, parents and members of the public