Department  Science

Staff in Department
Mr S Faloon – Head of Dept.

Mr M Henry

Ms D Crowther

Mr D McCann

Miss R Duly

Mrs S Patterson

Miss K Gray – Science Technician


Aims of Department
The Science Department offers a range of courses across three key stages.  Interest in Science is encouraged and deepened with a range of trips, activities and visitors throughout the school year.

Recent examples include:

W5 STEM Careers Fare – Nov 2015 :   Yr11 pupils visited a range of stalls, lectures and workshops to learn more of the career opportunities for Science students within STEM.

Education Interactive A Case of Conspiracy’ visited the school in Dec 2015 with a fantastic Forensics workshop allowing Yr10 pupils to explore a crime scene, explore how evidence is both gathered and tested before identifying the murderer

NI Science Festival Feb 2016 – Yr9 pupils visited two events:  firstly we learned about the ugliest animals on the planet including the blob fish; the giant bird eating spider; the Proboscis monkey & the truly disgusting amphibian ‘Chikilidae’.   The road show was delivered by (Tyrone’s own) Dr Simon Watt with lots of interactive fun and plenty of large scale images of the world’s ugliest animals!

Later that same day we visited the Ulster Museum where Queen’s University’s brightest students ran workshops allowing pupils to ask, see and work with the wonders of Physics.  Pupils were informed about the organic contents of comets whilst allowed the opportunity to actually make one!  The wonders of the Cosmos were detailed and explained by Professors and PhD students as they demonstrated all kinds of superb experiments.  The Northern Lights were demonstrated under a super dark enclosed environment (a blacked out gazebo!) whilst Scientists popped balloons with nothing more than light.  Levitating train technology was demonstrated alongside the power of thermal conduction where pupils sliced through solid ice with nothing more than a thin piece of copper or diamond.  A fantastic taste of Science encompassed with much fun!

The Big Bang Fair came to NI back in June and Yr8 pupils seized the opportunity to launch into a virtual space mission, an interactive and fun-filled show led by Astronomer Huw James.  We met the Future: A 40minute session with real life Scientists & Engineers learning about what we could be doing in 10-20 years within STEM.  A hands-on workshop to inspire young people into STEM careers; Launch Pad- building then launching a device to hit a target using motors, wheels and much more.  A hands-on, fun-filled workshop.  Lastly we visited the STEM module using 3D printers; electron microscopy and much more!

Key Stage 3
Pupils in junior school (Key Stage 3) follow an integrated Science programme covering Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Yr8, 9 & 10.

We aim to develop a real interest in Science, an understanding of key concepts and develop cross curricular skills, thinking skills and personal capabilities.

Topics in Year 8 include:

Introduction to Science; Cells and Reproduction; Forces and Energy and Materials

Topics in Year 9 include:

Habitats and Human Influences; Elements and Compounds; Earth & Space; Using Forces & Acids&Alkalis

Topics in Year 10 include:

Health; Sound and Light; Real Life Chemistry; Electricity and Magnetism.

Revision resources:


Key Stage 4 Pathway
Pupils studying GCSE Science have the following options:

CCEA Science (Single or Double Award)

Single Award (SA) Science:  Pupils study at foundation or higher tier over a two year course.  This course is recommended as a minimum for pupils wishing to access STEM (&many other) related careers.  Pupils can attain a GCSE qualification up to an A* grade.

Units include:

·         Biology: Staying Alive; Human Activity & Health

·         Chemistry:  Chemical Patterns & Our environment; Materials and their management

·         Physics:  Fossil Fuels; Road Transport and Safety; Radioactivity and Earth in Space

Controlled Assessment (worth 25%) – one piece of work to be completed during the course.

Further information can be found at:

Double Award (DA) Science:  Pupils study at Foundation or Higher tier over a two year course.  This course is recommended for those wishing to follow a STEM pathway and/or wishing to study Science at Key Stage 5 (A-Level).  Pupils can attain two GCSE qualifications up to an A* grade.

Units include:

·         Biology:  Living Processes and Biodiversity; Body Systems; Genetics; Microorganisms and Health

·         Chemistry:  Structures, Trends and Chemical Reactions; Organic Chemistry

·         Physics:  Force and Motion; Energy; Radioactivity; Waves; Sound and Light; Electricity and the Earth & Universe.

Controlled assessment (25%) – two pieces of work to be completed during the course

Further information can be found at:

General revision Resources:





 Current Year 12 pupils can access past papers and revision materials here:

Single Award (OCR Core Science):

·  Revision notes; interactive tutorials and multiple choice exam questions

·  Past papers and mark schemes

Double Award (OCR Additional Science):

· Revision notes; interactive tutorials and multiple choice exam questions

·  Past papers and mark schemes

Key Stage 5 (if applicable)
Key Stage 5 Science options are changing but we currently offer OCR Applied Science:

Yr13 (AS Level)

Unit 1 Science at Work – portfolio based unit

Unit 2 Analysis at Work – portfolio based unit

Unit 3 Monitoring the Activity of the Human Body – externally assessed

Yr14 (A2 Level)

Unit 8 Investigating the Scientist’s Work – portfolio based unit

Unit 13 The Mind and the Brain – portfolio based unit

Unit 16 Working Waves – Externally assessed

Further information (specifications; past paper, mark schemes & revision material) can be found at:



Key Stage 3:  One Hr per week.  This could include:  key words; meanings; studying key facts; completing written tasks; mind maps; labelling diagrams; research and surveys.

Key Stage 4:  Two Hrs per week.  These could include all of the above with weekly study included for weekly/fortnightly or termly tracking assessments.

Key Stage 5:  This will depend on the unit studied (portfolio/examination) but will require daily work to produce high quality assignments and a sound level of knowledge and understanding.

Extra -curricular activities/Clubs
The Science department has historically run a weekly Science club including:

Messy Science (Jelly & Custard); Funny Fireworks (Sparklers); Noisy Science (Screaming Cups & singing glasses); Grassheads; Shocking Science etc etc.  The club have also taken the opportunity to both get out (pond dipping at Castle Espie) and bring experts in (World of Owls).

Look out for more information later in the year!