Students learn Science at The Bishop of Winchester Academy in our brand new fully equipped laboratory and demonstration classrooms which are staffed by specialist qualified Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers. Students are challenged by the awe and wonder of Science with inspirational teaching that motivates and continuously challenges their thinking. Rapid progress is made by all students with a focus on developing both scientific skills and their knowledge to a high level from entry to Year 7. They understand the importance of the application of Science in the real world and are inspired to take the Sciences through to KS5 with the hope that many will opt for a career path in this field. The Science curriculum promotes numeracy, literacy and investigation skills to a high level allowing every student to fulfil their potential and live life to the full. The department is recognised for its enthusiasm, passion and consistent approaches to ensure all students have an inspirational learning experience.
Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 students are taught the fundamentals of Biology, Chemistry and Physics with an emphasis on ‘How Science Works’.
In Year 7 students learn about cells, reproduction, body systems, elements, atoms, compounds, acids, alkalis, forces, sound, light and space.
In Year 8 students learn about healthy and lifestyles, electricity and magnetism, the Periodic Table, separation techniques, energy, acid and metal reactions, the Earth and adaptations.
All students are given their own login codes to have full access at home to the Kerboodle Scheme of work with activities, home learning tasks and an electronic textbook to further support their understanding.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, students have two pathways they may follow. In year 11 the majority of students will follow the ‘Double’ Science qualifications at GCSE level following the OCR syllabuses and some students follow the ‘Triple’ Science pathway. Double Science consists of two separate GCSEs in Core Science A and Additional Science A. Students complete their Science A GCSE towards the end of Year 10 and immediately commence their Additional Science, finishing the course at the end of Year 11. Good grades in these subjects will allow students to apply to our sixth form and other colleges to study Science at ‘A level’.
The Triple Science qualification is also offered for students wishing to pursue science to a higher level and go on to study Science at ‘A Level’. They are taught from Year 9 in order to complete in-depth studies of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will complete all their exams at the end of Year 11.
Those students that are in Year 9 and 10 will be folowing the new AQA GCSE qualifictaions, the majority of students will study the Combined Science pathway "AQA Trilogy", which runs over three years and is assessed at the end of year 11. Some students may decide to study individual Sciences and they will be working towards the AQA GCSE in Chemistry, Biology and Physics. This again is aimed at those wishing to pursue science to a higher level and go on to study Science at ‘A Level’. Which ever option students choose they will be well set up to continue on to A level Sciences at our sixth form.