Students learn Science at The Bishop of Winchester Academy in our 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, following a 5-Year syllabus which leads directly into GCSE.
In Year 7 students learn about forces, electrical circuits, energy resources, waves, matter, reactions, the Earth and the Universe, organisms, ecosystems, genes and reproduction.
In Year 8 students follow the same topics as Year 7, but cover different aspects and in greater depth.
All students are given their own login codes to have full access at home to the Kerboodle Scheme of work with activities and home learning tasks.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, students have two pathways which they may follow.
In year 11, the majority of students will follow the ‘Trilogy’ Combined Science qualification at GCSE level following the AQA 9 to 1 syllabus and some students follow the ‘Separate’ Sciences pathway, also AQA. Trilogy Science covers all three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and is examined over 6 papers. This leads to the award of two GCSEs based on the overall performance of all six papers. Access to all Science A levels is possible from this route, provided the minimum grades required are achieved in all relevant subjects. Tier of entry may be either Higher (grades 9 to 4) or Foundation (grades 5 to 1) and this selection is regularly reviewed to secure the best outcomes for individual students.
The Separate Sciences route is also offered for students wishing to pursue all three subjects in more depth and is well suited to those wanting to go on to study any Science at ‘A Level’. They are taught from Year 9 in order to complete in-depth studies of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students taking this route are selected and have to be willing to take on the additional study required to cover the greater content. Each subject is examined over two papers and a separate grade for each subject is awarded. Only the Higher Tier of entry is offered at TBOWA and all three Sciences must be taken.