Science is a deservedly popular subject in Builth Wells with pupils being taught by our team of highly- qualified specialist science teachers.

Pupils of all abilities can participate and achieve developing their scientific practical skills within the laboratory, the application of numeracy in Science and research and communication skills using varied text and ICT resources.

Throughout Y7-11, pupils are taught either through the medium of Welsh (one form per year group) by Welsh speaking staff or in English (all other forms).

A bilingual approach is encouraged in line with school policy.


Staff Member                             Role

  • Dr P Perkins                    |     Curriculum and Progress Manager
  • Mr D Barlow                    |     Teacher of Science, Numeracy Co-ordinator
  • Mr T Breen-Smith      |     Teacher of Science
  • Mr R Thomas                 |     Teacher of Science
  • Mr M Williams                |     Teacher of Science
  • Miss S Dyke                    |     Teacher of Science, Assistant Headteacher
  • Mrs K Davies                  |     Teacher of Science

KS3 Course Outline

9 hours per fortnight

Year 7

Autumn Term

Shipwrecked, Forensics

Spring Term

A & E, B Festival

Summer Term

Cook, Olympics

Year 8

Autumn Term

Keeping healthy, Elements, Energy

Spring Term

Microbes, Compounds, Light

Summer Term

Energy, sound, light, space

Year 9

Autumn Term

Speed, Drugs and alcohol, Acids and alkalis

Spring Term

Moments and pressure, Exothermic and endothermic reactions, Variation

Summer Term

Magnets, Humans and the environment, Metals and their reactions

KS3 Information

Assessment – How is work assessed?

  • Homework and classwork is assessed on a fortnightly or monthly basis as appropriate.
  • Homework and classwork is marked using grades A – D for attainment and 1 to 4 for effort.
  • Portfolio tasks are awarded a level. In Y9 this includes at least 3 extended enquiries to be completed by spring. Internal and external moderation then takes place.
  • For tests and end of year exams pupils are awarded a percentage mark.
  • For Interim Assessments and Full Reports pupils are given a current level and a target level for the end of KS3.

Homework – Frequency and type of work

  • Homework is given once a fortnight or once a month as appropriate.
  • Homework may include: research work using the internet or books, answering questions, revising for a test or completing classwork tasks such as writing up investigation reports.

How can you support your child?

  • Encouraging them to do be inquisitive about the world around them- watch Science programmes on TV, listen to Science programmes on the radio, read scientific articles in the press and internet, look out for wildlife, plants and rocks…
  • Supporting them with homework activities when appropriate
  • Use Sunflower Science on Moodle

Equipment Required

Basic equipment for lessons and homework, e.g. pen, pencil, eraser, scissors, coloured pencils, ruler, glue.