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Breda Academy, Belfast
Read and Write is available for pupils to download for free at home and on school computers. Pupils can download the software onto any device.   FREE Read & Write Software Now Available for Breda Academy Students   All Breda Academy pupils are now registered to download and use TextHelp’s ‘Read & Write’ software at home for FREE.   Read & Write is a toolbar available for all pupils to download for FREE at home and to also use on school computers. The toolbar has a number of excellent features to guide pupils’ work, such as: dictionaries and picture dictionaries; text to speech generators; spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers; research highlighters; and a range of other useful features that can be used to form a personalised toolbar that suits your child’s learning needs. This software makes extended pieces of writing more accurate, and makes researching more efficient; this is particularly valuable for pupils studying for GCSE and A Level examinations.   Read & Write can be downloaded on to laptops, PCs and tablets, and on to Windows, Android, iPads, Macs and Chrome Book devices.   Please follow the instructions below to install this FREE software on to your devices:   Using the device you want to download the software on to, open up the webpage Click ‘Try Now’ Select your platform (Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS etc.) and click install You’ll be directed to the easiest and fastest way to install; follow the instructions The first time the programme runs, you’ll be asked to log in with your email address. Choose ‘Microsoft Account’ and key in your child’s school email address (using the ending Enter your child’s C2K password, and you should be good to go!   Once the software is downloaded, there will be automatic updates when the device is connected to the internet, so you should always have the latest version of Read and Write.   If you are having difficulties downloading the software, or have questions about how to use Read & Write, please go to There are also several YouTube tutorials about how to use the various features of Read & Write
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Subject Overview:

Science aims to inspire every pupil to reach their potential via a broad based; in-depth and stimulating curricular experience.  We aim to increase knowledge, deepen understanding and teach practical & problem solving skills to maximise the potential of all pupils.

Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study:

In Key Stage 3 students follow an exciting, integrated Science programme covering Biology; Chemistry and Physics:

  • Yr8: Introduction to Science; Cells&Reproduction; Forces&Energy and Materials
  • Yr9: Habitats&Human Influences; Elements&Compounds; Earth&Space and Using Forces
  • Yr10: Health; Sound&Light; Real Life Chemistry; Electricity and Magnetism

STEM careers are both wide-ranging and bursting with opportunity.  Here at Breda we aim to provide and/or promote at least one STEM event per term.  Previous events include:

  • STEMNET/STEM Ambassadors workshops&visits
  • Education Interactive (annual Forensics workshop)
  • The annual NI Science Festival events (QUB/UU/Ulster museum)
  • Big Bang Fair (Jordanstown)
  • STEM Module school visits (Microscopy& more)
  • RAF STEM Event (interactive live event & a jet engine demonstration)

Key Stage 4 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

At key stage 4 we offer a broad range of courses:

  1. Double Award Science (aimed at pupils with a keen interest in Science & considering a STEM career path).  This unitised course teaches practical skills in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  2. Single Award Science (aimed at pupils with a keen interest in Science, open to any career pathway).  The course is unitised and teaches practical skills in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  3. OCN Level 2 in Applied Science (aimed at pupils interested in Science but likely to follow an alternative career path).  The course covers all three Sciences with an applied approach and bears an equivalence to GCSE Science.

Key Stage 5 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

At key stage 5 we offer GCE (Single Award) Life and Health ScienceThis course covers three units (two are examination units and one is portfolio based.

AS (Yr13):

  • Unit 1 Experimental Techniques
  • Unit 2 Human Body Systems
  • Unit 3 Aspects of Physical Chemistry in Industrial Processes