Curriculum Intent

It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree – make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.’ Elon Musk

The Science department at St Cuthbert’s aims to foster a passion for science amongst the students. We believe that all students should learn to appreciate that science is all around us and we aim to provide an enriching science education across the disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Our curriculum is designed so that it meets the needs of all learners and creates an aspirational and high-achieving culture and we have designed our curriculum to enable full social equality and mobility. Our curriculum takes the improving local economy and labour market into account.  Students will be encouraged to think analytically and critically and will develop skills that will allow them to adapt and contribute to an ever-changing world of science; fostering our vision that students are prepared for life in modern Britain. We believe students should develop practical based skills to supplement their theoretical knowledge and that this should promote an intellectual curiosity and passion for science. Therefore, we embed engaging practical activities throughout our curriculum. 


Department Staff

Mrs Katie Gobin
Curriculum Leader Science

Mrs Rebecca Davies
Second Curriculum Leader over KS3 Science

Mrs Deborah Barker Knowles
Teacher of Science

Miss Sharon Cahill
Teacher of Science

Mr Andrew Cardoo
Teacher of Science

Miss Jessica Carney
Teacher of Science

Ms Alexandra Davidson
Teacher of Science

Mrs Joanne Norton
Senior Science Technician

Miss Lorna Turnbull
Teacher of Science

Welcome from Mrs Gobin


Curriculum Rationale - Science

Biology Curriculum Map Overview (visual)

Chemistry Curriculum Map Overview (visual)

Physics Curriculum Map Overview (visual)


Year 7 Science Progress Grid

Year 8 Science Progress Grid

Year 9 Science Progress Grid

STEM Club (Year 7 & 8)

RSC Periodic Table