- To provide a Science Education which will contribute to the overall development of the pupil.
- To make Science relevant to the needs of the pupil in everyday life, so that the pupil can use scientific skills, and be able to debate logically and in an informed manner on scientific and technological issues,
- To ensure that:
- That all pupils are prepared for appropriate external exams.
- We provide a good framework for subsequent study and/or career development.
- To promote better links and raise achievement:
- With other departments
- With primary schools
- With the home
- With the community
- With industry
- With Further / Higher education.
- To provide a balanced curriculum for all pupils in terms of:
- The Environment
- Biology, Physics, Chemistry and the Earth Sciences.
- The School Curriculum, within the full range of teaching strategies
- To promote a Catholic ethos through the teaching of :
to view our Assessment Policy.
- Mr. M. Logue (Head of Department)
- Ms. A. Blanking (Coordinator of Key Stage 3 Science and Chemistry Club Coordinator)
- Mr D. Carey (Greenhouse Club Coordinator)
- Ms. P. Molloy (Coordinator Key Stage 4 Science)
- Mrs R. O'Donnell
- Mrs C. Harkin
- Mr D. Goddard
- Mrs A. Lynch
- Mr. Gerard Curran (Greenhouse Club Coordinator)
The Contribution of Science to Other Curricular Areas
The Science Curriculum includes, at appropriate stages and in a form suited to their ability, knowledge and skills from the following areas of experience:
1. The communicative – the ability to communicate effectively (especially, through not exclusively, in speech and writing) and to understand appreciate and critically evaluate what is communicated by others.
2. The mathematical – a precise and logical set of languages constituting an intellectual activity in its own right, but also important both in everyday life and as a tool in Science, Technology, Economics etc.
3. The aesthetic and creative – involving both practice and appreciation in Music, Drama, Literature and a variety of Art and Craft media.
4. The scientific – understanding the natural world and become in the processes by which that understanding is achieved and developed.
5. The Physical – learning to use the body skilfully and to take good care of it.
6. The technological – appreciating and practising the integration of concepts and skill from science, craft, aesthetics and economics through which man shaped the world in order more effectively to meet his needs.
7. The environmental – understanding the complex interdependencies in the local, national and global environment; developing an awareness of the impact of man’s technology on that environment and of the consequent need to protect the environment and manage scarce resources responsibly.
8. The social/political/economic – recognising the interdependence of individuals and society; understanding how social, political and economic institutions function and change and how individuals both develop and operate within these institutions.
9. The ethical and spiritual – enabling young people to develop a coherent set of attitudes, values and beliefs which, in a pluralist and multi-racial society, should include the capacity to understand, respect and tolerate races, beliefs, world-views and the ways of life other than one’s own.
10. The inter-personal – the ability to relate appropriately to and interact effectively with other people in a wide variety of different situations.
11. The historical – an appreciation of how the human race itself, particular ‘races’ and nation – states, and all human activities and institutions have evolved through time.
12. The philosophical – explicit understanding of the distinctive features of
different areas of knowledge and experience and of the contribution they make, separately and together, to our understanding of practical activity the natural and social world.
Key Stage 3 Science Curriculum
At Key Stage 3 Year 8 and Year 9 pupils study science 4 lessons per week and Year 10 pupils have 5 lessons.
The science department delivers the N. Ireland Revised Curriculum through co-operative learning activities, practical experimental work and theory based learning taking account of the individual learning needs and styles of every pupil.
Topics studied include the Human Body, Chemical Reactions, Earth and Space, Materials and their Uses, the Periodic Table, Energy, Light and Sound and Forces and Electricity.
*Light and Sound
*Acids and Alkalis
*The variety of Life
*Magnetism and Electricity
- Life Processes and Environment
- Life Processes
- Chemical Changes
- Periodic Table
- Energy and Space
- Light and Sound
- Forces and Electricity
Key Stage 4 Science Curriculum
Year 11 OCR Gateway Science
Year 11 BTEC First Certificate in Principles of Applied Science
- Understanding ourselves
- Understanding our environment
- Energy for the home
- Living for the future
- Carbon chemistry
- Rocks and metals
Year 12 OCR Gateway Additional Science
- Principles of Science
- Chemistry and our Earth
- Energy and Our Universe
- Biology and our environment
Year 12 BTEC First Certificate in Applications of Applied Science
- Living and Growing
- The Periodic table
- Forces for Transport
- It’s a green world
- Chemical Economics
- Radiation for Life
- Applications of Chemical Substances
- Applications of Physical Science
- Health Applications of Life Science
- Scientific Skills
Post 16 Science Curriculum
Lower Sixth Applied GCE Science AQA
Upper Sixth Applied GCE Science AQA
- Investigating Science at Work
- Energy Transfer Systems
- Finding out about Substances
- Choosing and Using Materials
- Food Science and Technology
- Synthesising Organic Compounds
- Planning and carrying out a science investigation.
- Medical Physics
- Sport Science
- Controlling Chemical reactions
- Physics of performance Effects
- Actions and development of Medicines
Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science
Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth A-level Biology
Science Department Examination Success 2013
This year the science department enjoyed more pupil success in examinations.
All of our sixth year students studying Applied GCE science in conjunction with the University of Ulster’s ‘Step Up’ programme gained places in university to study a variety of science related courses including Forensic science, Bio-medical Science and Nursing. There was a 100% pass rate in St. Mary’s in this subject again this year. 85% of students achieved at least 2 Grade Cs at A2 level and over 90% achieved C or above at AS level.
At Key Stage 4 pupils also achieved considerable success with over 90% of pupils gaining at least one pass grade in GCSE science. Of the pupils who studied OCR Double Award Science there was a 90% pass rate with the majority of pupils gaining grades A or B.
Of the pupils studying BTEC First Extended Certificate in Applied Science more than 90% achieved 2 GCSEs in Science at Grade C or above.
We look forward to more success in the year ahead.