Science

Science is an essential part of the curriculum with opportunities like no other to engage, enthral and excite pupils. In 2017, we had the best GCSE Science results ever, exceeding these results in 2018 and we expect to continue to improve.

At Swindon Academy, we follow the United Learning Key Stage 3 Curriculum that covers key areas of biology, chemistry and physics.  We balance opportunities for genuine enquiry and scientific exploration with a rigorous focus on ensuring our students start GCSE Science prepared for success. 

Our curriculum is designed with high expectations running throughout. Challenging content that stretches students beyond what they think is possible of themselves, alongside constant and explicit referral to critical literacy and numeracy skills underpinning science.  Furthermore, our teachers work hard to ensure that strengths are built on and areas for development are rapidly identified. This shows that we focus our efforts on ensuring students “master” key ideas, skills and knowledge before they move on to more challenging concepts.

Full details of the Science Curriculum at key stage 3,4, and 5 can be found here.

Extra-Curricular Science

There are a number of extra-curricular activities that students can join at Swindon Academy.  

  • Science Clubs run in different terms throughout the school year, these include: ‘Science is Awesome’ and ‘Edible Chemistry’ – after-school clubs for students in years 7 and 8, regularly filled with fun and explosions.  There is also Forensic Club in which students have to use their science knowledge to solve puzzles and Astronomy Club where students find out more about space
  • STEM Clubs will be running for years 9, 10 and 11, in which pupils will complete project work with Science Ambassadors from industry towards CREST Awards
  • Each year we send a team of budding young scientists from year 8 to the Salters Chemistry Challenge’ at Reading or Oxford University. This year we will also send a team to the ‘Top of the Bench’ competition.
  • Annual year 7 visit to the Cotswold Wildlife Park
  • Annual year 8 visit to the Science Museum or natural History Museum in London
  • Throughout the year, the Explorer Dome team visit and put on scientific shows for years 7-10
  • Year 9 and 10 go on a trip to the Cheltenham Science Festival
  • Year 7 are involved with the online 'I'm a Scientist ... Get Me Out of Here' competition, where professional scientists compete by answering pupils' questions about science (and beyond)
  • Several STEM activities run throughout the year and students from across all years are selected to attend these activities

Post 16 Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • Students are invited to attend seminars at Marlborough College, which involve talks by eminent scientists in fields related to the KS5 content studied
  • Year 13 A-Level RSC Chemistry Olympiad, which is an international competition that really challenges A-Level students on topical chemistry subjects.  
  • Year 12 chemists take part in the University of Cambridge Competition for Lower Sixth (C3L6), as well as the Royal Society of Chemistry Olympiad.  We are also arranging visits to a BP site, and a ‘Spectroscopy in a Suitcase’ activity day.
  • Year 12 biologists take part in an ecology filed course at Marlborough College, as well as accompanying the year 7 trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park

If you would like to find out more about the Science curriculum, please contact the Curriculum Leader, Dr Rowe, via email at louise.rowe@swindon-academy.org


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