We believe students gain best understanding by linking scientific ideas with real world applications. This often involves hands-on learning outside the classroom. Experimentation, modelling, presentation and evaluation are essential skills embedded within our science curriculum.

Science learning experiences outside the classroom

National Glass Centre, SunderlandGlass_centre1

Year 5

Students took part in a guided tour of the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, where they learnt all about the production and applications of glass.


Great North Museum, Newcastle

Year 5

Students celebrated the birthday of renowned naturalist Charles Darwin by tackling as many unusual foods as possible for their lunch! A veritable bush tucker challenge.

St Mary’s Island, North Tyneside


Year 6

Every year the students visit St Mary’s Island for a day of hands-on exploration of the rock pools and dunes. This supports their work on habitats and feeding relationships.

Centre for Life, Newcastle

Year 6



As well as viewing the exhibits in the Centre for Life, students have

taken part in workshops about energy efficiency, sustainable living and climate change.

Euro Space Centre, Belgium

Year 7


Every year students spend a week in Belgium where they take part in a series of educational and cultural visits. The highlights of the tour are the practical workshops at the Euro Space Centre and Coca-Cola factory.

CREST Awards

Years 7 and 8

Chantry has a long and successful history of students completing the British Science Association’s Bronze and Silver CREST Awards. The CREST Award involves an extended investigation on a scientific topic of interest to the student.Bronze-CREST-Awards-2012Silver-CREST-Awards-2012

Big Bang North East


Years 7 and 8

Students that complete the CREST Award have their projects entered into the National Science and Engineering Awards. The first round of judging takes part at the annual Big Bang North East Science Fair, where the students have their completed CREST Award work on public display.

Crime Scene Investigation


Year 8

CSI Events & Training delivered a half-day session to our Year 8 students, where they learnt how to dust for fingerprints and investigate blood splatter patterns.

National Science and Engineering Week

Whole School

Every March the whole school goes off timetable to take part in a range of specially organised events showcasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.