In the science department, we inspire our students to solve world problems through high quality, enthusiastic teaching that encourages the scientists of the future to develop their passion for science.  We aim to guide students to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them, learning within a real world context where the roles of scientists and the need for scientific skills in the world of work are evident.  Our lessons will challenge students to understand how the world works.  Through an investigative approach, Baines students will use their scientific working skills to carry out tests and analyse data to provide evidence based conclusions that are explained using core scientific principles.  Our positive and productive working relationships with students will give them the confidence to apply their knowledge to new situations.  We aim for them to exceed expectations and gain success in their examinations, with many choosing to continue sciences to A level and beyond.

Names of staff, role & contact details

Mrs J Tilley
Subject Leader for Science

Ms J Hutchinson
Assistant Subject Leader for Science

Mrs C Doherty

Deputy Headteacher & Teacher of Science

Mr M McGrath

Assistant Headteacher & Teacher of Science

Mrs M Manesseh
Teacher of Science

Mr J Lilley
Teacher of Science

Mr T Hallsworth

Teacher of Science

Mrs K Newton

Teacher of Science

Mrs C Withnell

Teacher of Science


Year 7Intro To ScienceOrganismsMatterWavesGenesEnergyReactionsForcesEcosystemsElectro-magnetismEarth
SafetyCellsParticle modelSound +HearingVariatnEnergyMetals + non-metalsSpeedFood chains and websCircuitsStructure
EquipSkeletonDiffusionTransferSel advPowerMetals+acidsd-t graphsBioaccumulatnV, I, RIg, Sed, Met rocks
MeasureMusclesState changesAmplitudeReproCost of elecDisplacement rxnRamp inv.Insect pollinnParallel and seriesRock cycle
TablessolutionswavelengthPregnancyElec genOxidation rxnRelative motionCompetitionStaticStars
GraphsSeparating mixturesLight +soundSmokingEfficiencyAcids, alk, indForcesPredator preyElectric fieldsSeasons
ConcludeReflectionStores and transfersNeutralisationWeight+massFlower reproSolar system
EvaluateRefractionKE and GPEAntacid InvGravitySeed Disp invModels
Graph hwEye + coloursEPE
Inv writeup
Year 8Breathing and DigestionPeriodic Table + elementsWave effectsEvolution + inheritanceWork, heating and coolingChemical energy + types of rxnContact forces + pressurePhotosynthesis + respirationMagnetism and EMClimate + Earth’s resources
InspirationPeriodic tableFrequency soundNatural selectionWorkEndo and exoFrictionAerobic respMag fieldFossil fuels
Lung volumeAtomic massSpeakersBiodiversityLeversInv endo rxnSpringsExerciseUsing mag fieldsCarbon cycle
Gas exchangeMetal propertiesFrequency lightExtinctionThermal energyCatalystsHooke’s LawAnaerobic respInv electromagHuman influences
Lifestyle diseasesGroup 1 metalsLong and trans wavesDNAHeatingCombustionPressureFermentationElectromag usesGlobal warming
Healthy dietNon-metalsSuperpositionChromosomesConductionFuelsLiquid pressurep/s + leavesInv strength electro magsSustainability
Deficiency diseaseEl, comp, mixTwinsTemperatureThermal decompFloating +sinkingtranspiration and xylemRecycling
DigestionFormulaeGenetic crossesConservation of massfertilizersExtraction of metals
PolymersInv p/s
Year 9Transition Units Bio—INV—Chem—INV—PhysParticle ModelAtomic structure + PT includes 3 for sci week projectCellsExamsCellsStructures and Bonding
includes 3 rev
Year 10Non-CommsInfection and Response + Joint testBioenergeticsHomeostasisExamsEcology Pt1
Structures and Bonding Review and Pt2Chemical ChangesQuantitative chemEnergy changesExamsRates
Energy pt2ElectricityAtomic structure - shortenedForces Part 1ExamsForces Pt 2
Year 11EcologyPrelimInheritanceMocks
Analytical ChemAtmospherePrelimAtmosphereResourcesMocksResources
WavesPrelimMagnetism and ElectromagnetismMocks

How and when is my child assessed?

In Year 7 and 8, students are assessed in a range of ways including end topic tests, task based challenges, termly tests and end of year examinations. We assess investigative “Working Scientifically” skills through practical challenges set within the context of the science topic covered at the time. Our assessments follow Lancashire Assessment model.

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2.Seneca Learning

3.Free Science Lessons (YouTube Channel)

4.Primrose Kitten (YouTube Channel)

5.GCSE Bitesize

6.PiXL powerpoints can be found on ClassCharts for all units for students in year 11

7.Revision guides and other revision resources are available for purchase through the school at reduced rates.  Order forms can be found on ClassCharts for all students in year 10 and 11