At Bensham Manor science has been developed to encourage young learners of all abilities to reach their full potential. The aim for all students studying science is to build on their scientific knowledge and make connections between different areas of science. In class students are encouraged to think for themselves and share their ideas and knowledge with others. We plan to engage, enthuse and excite our young learners and create a learning environment that they enjoy.

Young learners are given the opportunity to develop their practical skills and think about how science is related to the world around them (how science works). Students are formally assessed in the classroom with a wide variety of assessment for learning tasks.


Students follow the science national curriculum. We aim to deliver the curriculum using a variety of innovative teaching and learning strategies encouraging students to become independent learners.

Key concepts

There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of science and how science works. We encourage pupils to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.

  • Scientific thinking
  • Applications and implications of science
  • Cultural understanding
  • Collaboration

Key Processes

Students are encouraged to become actively involved in all aspects of the curriculum.

  • Practical and enquiry skills
  • Critical understanding of evidence
  • Communication

In Years 9,10 and 11 most young learners follow the entry pathways qualification