Aims And Vision

Science helps us to explain and understand the physical world around us by exploring, investigating and experimenting.

The science department within Banbridge Academy is pupil centred and promotes a culture of high expectation, high achievement and improvement, always aiming to stretch, challenge and inspire pupils by helping pupils to develop their scientific skills so that they can think scientifically, solve problems and evaluate their understanding.

Our aims are:

  • Understanding of key concepts to help solve problems in unfamiliar situations
  • Using scientific methods of investigation to solve problems in a disciplined way
  • Appreciating the contribution STEM makes to society and realise that applying science can lead to moral and ethical issues having to be addressed
  • Understanding that learning in science contributes to personal development because the interest and curiosity shown need to be balanced by an awareness of health and safety matters and respect for living things and the environment
  • Appreciating the powerful, but provisional nature of scientific knowledge and explanation and understanding that science is always developing
  • Giving students access to careers in science and technology at a variety of levels


In Years 8 and 9 pupils are taught a combined science course with a single science teacher.

In Year 10 pupils are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics by a specialist teacher.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils are introduced to the basics of science:

  • Knowledge of laboratory rules and safety.
  • Knowledge of basic scientific equipment.
  • Knowledge of the structure and safe use of the Bunsen Burner.
  • Assembling safely scientific equipment.
  • Knowledge of measurement of basic scientific quantities.
  • Knowledge of the units used in science.
  • Knowledge of basic scientific method including a fair test and the identification of variables.
  • Knowledge of the requirements for writing a basic scientific investigation.