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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown


In St John the Baptist’s College, the Science Department strives to inspire, motivate and challenge pupils through a broad, coherent and practical programme of study at Key Stage 3.  Our science lessons are designed to stimulate and excite pupils’ curiosity about phenomena and events in world around them.  

It is the objective of the science department to enable pupils to become well informed, confident citizens in an increasingly technological world.  Pupils experience a variety of activities during their course of study and are given every opportunity to apply scientific knowledge and ideas to help them solve problems.  It is our aim that pupils begin to make personal decisions and judgements based on their scientific knowledge on issues concerning personal health and well being, safety and the care of the environment, as well as equipping them with the important skills necessary in the world of work.


KS3 Overview

At Key Stage 3, Science is delivered over 3 periods per week.. Pupils in Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10 follow a General Science Programme incorporating topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Throughout Key Stage 3, pupils are provided with opportunities to develop their Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. Additionally, pupils are encouraged to set personal targets for progress and to review these targets on a regular basis.


Year 8

Introduction to Science

Earth & Space

Electricity & Magnetism

Organs & Systems

STEM activity 3: ‘Say cheese’

Kinetic Theory


Habitats and Energy in the eco-system

STEM activity 4: Animal feed

Everyday Materials


Year 9


STEM activity 6: Cancer control & combat


Energy Conservation

STEM activity 7: Capturing the wind

Sound & Light

Separation Techniques

Photosynthesis & The Flower

Respiration & Smoking



Year 10

Healthy body & Mind

The Heart

STEM activity 5: Heart Matters


Acids, Alkalis & Classification

Chemical Change

Chemical Reaction

Periodic Table




KS4 Overview

At Key Stage 4, there are 3 options open to students.

Students can study either CCEA Single Award Science or Double Award Science (both at foundation and higher tiers).

When studying single award science, students will complete 3 module exams as well as completing a controlled assessment task.  Module exams are taken in Year 11 & 12 and successful completion of this course will result in the awarding of 1 GCSE grade.

When studying Double Award Science, students will complete 6 module exams and at least 2 controlled assessment tasks.  Module exams are taken in Year 11 & 12 and successful completion of this course will result in the awarding of 2 GCSE grades.

Students can also complete Entry Level Certificate Science, where they are awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction.  

For more information on these courses go to

as the Specifications are changing in September 2017



The Science Department contributes extensively to the school’s extra-curricular provision. Extra-curricular activities at Key Stage 3 include:

  • Weekly Science Club
  • Eco Schools Club
  • Educational Visits to Exhibitions and Shows e.g. W5 at the Odyssey, Belfast., Planetarium Visits, Visit to the Zoo
  • Competitions
  • STEM Activities, STEM visits to South West College, Dungannon
  • Sentinus Workshops
  • GCSE science tuition



5th Feb 2018
A great day was had at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre for the Young Reporters for the...
5th Feb 2018
Top achievers in Science for January 
5th Feb 2018
SJBC have been awarded our 3rd prestigious Eco-schools Green Flag award. The Eco-Schools...
10th Jan 2018
School Eco-Code At St. John the Baptist’s College, we care for our environment,...
6th Dec 2017
On Monday and Tuesday we had the pleasure of hosting a large number of Primary 7...
17th Nov 2017
Well done to all those pupils who achieved top scores in their Science assessment...