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Science

The sciences are concerned with finding out and explaining how everything works, from the very existence of the Universe through to how the processes of living things occurs. Science is a subject driven by passion and curiosity, and when you think about it, everything in the world around us is explained by one branch of science or another.

Science is an essential subject, and all pupils study it to GCSE. Many pupils continue beyond this to sixth form, and studying one or more of the sciences is an excellent foundation to a huge and diverse array of fields of further study and work. From research to engineering, medicine to agriculture, science has a role to play in almost every part of life.

 

KS3 Science

 

Key Stage 3 Science is delivered in years 7 and 8. Students are timetabled for three hours of Science each week and will be taught Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Investigative Skills, by one Science teacher.

 

Year 7 Science

 

Year 7 Topics in chronological order.

The following topics are taught using ‘Gold Standard Resources’, developed by the Science Staff to enhance learning and deliver parity of opportunity to all Year 7 students.

 

‘Cells and Organisation’, ‘Acids and Alkalis’, ‘States of Matter’, ‘Nutrition and Digestion’, ‘Chemical Reactions’, ‘Energy’, ‘Reproduction’, ‘Electricity’, ‘Gas Exchange Systems’, ‘Water’, ‘Magnetism’, ‘Health’, and ‘Space’.

 

Skills that will be developed in Year 7.

Student will be encouraged to work scientifically throughout Year 7. They will develop their scientific attitudes, learning to pay attention to objectivity and precision. Students will remodel their understanding of scientific methods and theories, and how hypothesis have evolved as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas. Students will learn to work safely and to evaluate and minimise risk. Students will become skilled at planning scientific enquiries to test their predictions and carry out fieldwork and laboratory work to generate data that can be analysed and evaluated.

 

Formal Assessment in Year 7

Students will be formally assessed three times in Year 7. Key assessment 1 will test the knowledge and understanding of students the following topics: ‘Cells and Organisation’, ‘Acids and Alkalis’, and ‘States of Matter’. Key assessment 2 will test ‘Nutrition and Digestion’, ‘Chemical Reactions’, and ‘Energy’. Key assessment 3 will test the knowledge and understanding of students over all topics up to and including ‘Gas Exchange Systems’.

 

Extended Tasks undertaken in year 7

Several ‘Assessment for Learning’ and enrichment activities are employed in Year 7 to augment student learning between key assessments and develop their scientific skills. They include: ‘The Model Cell’, ‘The Particle Model’, ‘Journey of a cheese sandwich’, ‘Where shall we build a factory?’, ‘Energy resources in schools’, and ‘Light me up’.

 

Texts and On-line resources to support learning in Science in Year 7

Learning in Key Stage 3 Science is supported using ‘Exploring Science’ textbook series, ‘CGP KS3 Revision Guides & On-line Resource’, ‘GCSE Podcast’, and ‘Sam-Learning’.

 

Educational visits undertaken in year 7.

Students will participate in the British Aerospace Engineering road show with the RAF and Royal Navy, and activities run by the Society for Applied Microbiology, as well as visits to Sunderland University.

 

Specialised equipment that students must provide for themselves in Science in Year 7

Year 7 students need a scientific calculator for all science lessons. Students may wish to purchase specialised safety goggles. All other specialised equipment will be provided by the Science Department as required in Year 7.

 

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Year 8 Science

 

Year 8 Topics in chronological order.

The following topics are taught using ‘Gold Standard Resources’, developed by the Science Staff to enhance learning and deliver parity of opportunity to all Year 8 students.

 

‘Photosynthesis’, ‘Materials and Recycling’, ‘Light Waves’, ‘Respiration’, Chemical Reactions’, ‘Sound’, ‘Ecosystems’, ‘Metals and Non Metals’, ‘Forces and Motion’, ‘Genetics and Evolution’, ‘Materials from Earth’, ‘Pressure and Moments’, and ‘Skeletons and Muscles ‘.

 

Skills that will be developed in Year 8.

Student will be encouraged to work scientifically throughout Year 8. They will develop their scientific attitudes, learning to pay attention to objectivity and precision. Students will remodel their understanding of scientific methods and theories, and how hypothesis have evolved as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas. Students will learn to work safely and to evaluate and minimise risk. Students will become skilled at planning scientific enquiries to test their predictions and carry out fieldwork and laboratory work to generate data that can be analysed and evaluated.

 

Formal Assessment in Year 8

Students will be formally assessed three times in Year 8. Key assessment 1 will test the knowledge and understanding of students the following topics: ‘Photosynthesis’, ‘Materials and Recycling’, ‘Light Waves’. Key assessment 2 will test ‘Respiration’, ’Chemical Reactions’, and ‘Sound’. Key assessment 3 will test the knowledge and understanding of students over all topics up to and including ‘Genetics and Evolution’.

 

Extended Tasks undertaken in year 8

Several ‘Assessment for Learning’ and enrichment activities are employed in Year 8 to augment student learning between key assessments and develop their scientific skills. They include: ‘Investigating Photosynthesis’, ‘The Rainbow task’, ‘Noisy Nightclubs’, ‘Rock pools’, ‘Displacement disco’, and ‘Landslide’.

 

Texts and On-line resources to support learning in Science in Year 8

Learning in Key Stage 3 Science is supported using ‘Exploring Science’ textbook series, ‘CGP KS3 Revision Guides & On-line Resource’, ‘GCSE Podcast’, and ‘Sam-Learning’.

 

Educational visits undertaken in year 8.

Students will participate in the British Aerospace Engineering road show with the RAF and Royal Navy, and activities run by the Society for Applied Microbiology, as well as visits to Sunderland University.

 

Specialised equipment that students must provide for themselves in Science in Year 8

Year 8 students need a scientific calculator for all science lessons. Students may wish to purchase specialised safety goggles. All other specialised equipment will be provided by the Science Department as required in Year 8.