Bedminster Down School



The main ethos of the department is to inspire confidence and excitement around complex scientific questions and concepts.







There are three SOW for each of the main science specialisms (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) with an addition of an introduction to science at Bedminster down school SOW which provides the students with the skills necessary to become safe laboratory practitioners.


There is always an expectation for teachers in the department to deliver a three-part (Starter, Main & Plenary) lesson with differentiated tasks to allow all students to access the learning.  


How is the learning supported?

The learning is supported by two science support workers/technicians.

They are skilled and experienced practitioners who have a dual responsibility.


Collate and deliver specialist equipment required by teachers to support the teaching of scientific techniques.

Science support worker:

Under the instruction of the teachers, they can lead activities to allow teachers to work with smaller groups of individuals in planned intervention activities.



Teachers are expected to provide a combination of formal and informal assessments.



Every two weeks every student in each class completes an extended write (success criteria provided) which assesses the learning of topics over a small sequence of lessons. Teachers use this to provide quality diagnostic written feedback. The feedback includes a question which the student is expected to answer. The question is directed at the individual’s misconception or gap in their knowledge.


End of unit tests are also conducted to provide progress data




Assessment for learning- teachers are expected to plan regular and whole class progress checks which provide an instant and accurate assessment of pupil understanding.


Self-regulated learning:  through a variety of techniques (RAG self & peer assessment sheets, objective tick sheets & revision skills lessons/homework the science department is facilitating students to acquire the skills necessary to become independent learners that understand how to monitor their own progress and set smart targets. 




Year 7




Working scientifically

7B1 – Cells and reproduction (17 lessons)

7P1 – Electricity and magnetism (15 lessons)

7C1 – Matter (14 lessons)

7.0 Introduction to Science (10 lessons)

7B2 – Environment, variation and classification (12 lessons)

7P2 – Forces and motion (15 lessons)

7C2 – Acids, alkalis and mixtures (14 lessons)


7B3 – Plant and animal nutrition (15)

7P3 – Energy (13 lessons)

7C3 – Reactions and compounds (13 lessons)


Year 8

8B1 – Muscles and movement / inheritance and evolution (13 lessons)

8P1 – Waves, sound and light (18 lessons)

8C1 – Atmosphere and materials (15 lessons)


8B2 – Drugs, health and disease (16 lessons)

8P2 – Heat transfer / using electricity (10 lessons)

8C2 – Reactions of acids / describing reactions (12 lessons)


8B3 – Gas exchange and respiration (14 lessons)

8P3 – Application of forces / space (14 lessons)

8C3 - Periodic table / extracting metals (13 lessons)



Year 9: How science works SOW- followed by the initiation of the GCSE EDEXCEL Science 9-1 curriculum (Starts after Christmas)