Science at Callerton Academy


Curriculum Aim

At Callerton Academy the science curriculum aims to ignite a spark of curiosity and wonder within students, propelling them on a captivating journey of exploration and discovery. The curriculum has been designed to foster a deep appreciation for the natural world and an understanding of the fundamental principles that govern it.

By engaging in hands-on experiments, scientific investigations, and critical thinking, students develop the skills to unravel the mysteries of the universe and tackle complex challenges as well as make informed decisions that could affect them in future. Students are encouraged to remember facts, use their current knowledge to develop new learning as well as use this to express strong evidence-based opinions.

Through their science education, students will develop a thirst for knowledge, and the resilience they will need to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of scientific advancements.

Highlights of our KS3 curriculum

Some of the highlights our students will experience in Science in Year 7 to 9 are finding out how we are all 1 in 500 million, why stars show us time travel and how to use fire safely! In Biology we will look at a diverse range of living creatures and environments digging deep to find out about photosynthesis and respiration. In Chemistry we learn the building blocks for GCSE – looking at the atom, compounds and bond energies. In Physics we look into space and think about what it is out there and how has created earth as we know it!

Our KS3 students will be confident and resilient scientists who can look forward to gaining an excellent knowledge of the world and will be bursting with energy to find out even more in GCSE.

Highlights of our KS4 curriculum

In year 10 students can look forward to delving into the world of tiny things, such as atoms to infinity things like the universe and everything in between.  In Biology we will explore cells to organisms, the environment to photosynthesis learning about how life has developed across millennia.  In Chemistry we will look at how a plum pudding changed the atomic structure story and how to predict explosions! Physics sees us exploring physics on earth such as forces and speed and making predictions about space thinking about birth and death of stars.

In year 11 students can look forward to using all their knowledge to hone their enquiry skills, designing and conducting experiments, analysing data and forming balanced opinions based on solid evidence. 

Our biggest hope is that all of our science students are genuinely excited to do their exams! Yes really! We want each one of the students to be excited to show off what they know in science having built such great knowledge and confidence along their science learning journey here at Callerton Academy!

Extracurricular opportunities

Science trips play a crucial role in supporting students' learning by providing them with hands-on experiences and real-world applications of scientific concepts. At Callerton Academy trips offer a unique opportunity for students to observe and engage with scientific phenomena outside the confines of the classroom, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for the subject. Such as trips to a recording studio to look at and then build speakers linked to electromagnetism or visits to Komatsu exploring use of magnets in large machinery, or how MRI machines work in our local hospitals. By visiting The Great North Museum, Centre for Life, or even the beautiful Northumbrian coast, students can witness scientific principles in action, conduct experiments, and interact with professionals in the field.

Overall, science trips provide a dynamic and memorable educational experience that reinforces classroom learning and inspires our students to take a greater interest in scientific exploration and discovery.

Where can Science take me in the future?

Science qualifications can open up a world of opportunities for school students in their future endeavors. With a strong foundation in scientific knowledge and skills, students can pursue diverse career paths such as medicine, engineering, environmental science, research, and technology. Science qualifications can also provide a solid basis for further education, including specialized fields like biochemistry, astrophysics, genetics, or neuroscience. Moreover, scientific literacy equips students with critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are highly sought after in many professions, fostering adaptability and lifelong learning. Whether shaping the future through groundbreaking discoveries or contributing to society's well-being, science qualifications empower students to make a meaningful impact in the world.

Please take the time to read our curriculum overview, assessment and feedback information and learning journeys for each topic.

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