Science is critical in developing students’ understanding of the world around them and beyond. It enables them to explain everyday processes they may encounter and facilitates the acquisition of key problem solving, teamwork and critical thinking skills required to prepare for their life ahead.
The Science Department at Bridgewater School comprises four teaching laboratories with five teachers and a full-time technician. Every student is taught by a subject specialist for each science and pupils have the opportunity to take part in a range of extra-curricular activities to further develop their understanding of the subject.
In Year 7, students build on their foundational understanding of the three sciences from Key Stage 2 with two hours per fortnight dedicated to each subject. Students will study a range of topics including Cells, Digestion, Reproduction, Particles, Atoms and Elements, Energy, Waves and Forces. Students are separated into three mixed ability sets in Year 8, continuing with two hours per science. Topics covered in Year 8 include Photosynthesis, Respiration, Health and Disease, Acids and Metals, the Environment, Electricity, Matter and Space.
Science at GCSE
Students start the GCSE course in Year 9 and begin by studying the fundamentals of each science. There is a strong focus on investigative, analytical and evaluative skills through the required practical activities which enables students to become sound practical scientists. In Year 10 and 11 students have the option to take two or three separate sciences. Students are taught in mixed ability sets with five hours per fortnight dedicated teaching time in which they will deepen their understanding of the key concepts through engaging practical based lessons. More information on the subject content can be found below:
If students wish to take study of Science further there is the option to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics at A-level. The challenging A-level curriculum allows students to further their knowledge of each science alongside enhancing their practical skills through the comprehensive practical endorsement. Science A-levels are highly regarded for any specialism by universities and employers alike due to the challenge and rigour of each course.