Here at The Roseland Academy Science Department, we are enthusiastic about our subject and students and whilst proud of our achievements we are always looking for ways to develop and improve. We respond positively to new initiatives and share good practice, ideas and resources. Our high expectations of all our pupils and ensure that each pupil achieves their potential by using a wide variety of teaching techniques to accommodate individual learning styles. Students regularly say that science is one of their favourite subjects.

We have 5 modern, purpose built laboratories, a central preparation room and a staff workroom with 2 computers. All labs have interactive whiteboards. One of the labs has 16 student workstations which can be booked for whole class ICT activities. We are very well resourced with scientific software, equipment, DVDs and textbooks. The Science Department is an exciting and rewarding place for both staff and students to work.

Key Stage 3 Course

All students follow an exciting and bespoke Roseland scheme of work which covers all the requirements of National Curriculum Science. You can download the programme of study for Key Stage 3 science at this linkscience1

Year 7 (3 hours per week) – Currently we have five streamed sets. The lower set has additional support staff to ensure adults are immediately at hand to offer help and guidance. We teach 3-4 modules per term. Pupils are taught the modules in different orders but by the end of the term they will have covered the same material. They are formatively assessed once per half term, as well as completing an extended answer question.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Light Particles Sound
Acids & Alkalis Forces Reactions
Space Structure Elements & Compounds
Cells Reproduction


Year 8 (3 hours per week) – This is structured in the same way as Year 7 and the topics are as follows:

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Health & Lifestyle Adaptations and Inheritance Ecosystems
The Earth Separation Techniques Motion and Pressure
Electricity & Magnetism                Energy Metals and Acid
The Periodic table Big Project

Year 9 (3 hours per week) – Year 9 is structured in exactly the same way as the previous years although all topics have been covered by the beginning of June when they enter Year 10.

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Physics- turning points Biology- new technology Biology- detection
Biology-turning points Chemistry-turning points Chemistry-new technology
Physics-detection Physics-new technology GCSE transition activities
Chemistry- detection

If you have any queries regarding the Key Stage 3 curriculum please phone the school and ask for Mrs Taylor or alternatively email


The team is made up of 7 science specialists, and  two part-time technicians. The current staffing is as follows:

  • Mrs N Taylor – Science Teaching Team Leader
  • Mrs J Ollerearnshaw – Science Deputy Teaching Team Leader
  • Miss H Colledge – Science Teacher
  • Mr D Grose – Science Teacher
  • Mrs A Buscombe – Science teacher and Co-Team Leader
  • Mr R Clarke – Science Teacher and Deputy Headteacher

We recently became an Institute of Physics Link School in recognition for our outstanding Physics results at Key stage 4 and have participated in teacher training events for science teachers from across Cornwall.