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Science (Key Stage 3)

 

Year 7

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Chemistry

 C1.1: Particles and their behaviour (particle model, states of matter, melting and freezing, boiling, sublimation, diffusion, gas pressure) 

 C1.2: Elements, atoms, compounds and chemical formulae 

 C1.3: Reactions (word equations, burning fuels, thermal decomposition, conservation of mass, exothermic and endothermic reactions) 

 C1.4: Acids and alkalis (indicators, neutralisation and making salts) 

 Assessment: Subject specific end of topic assessment

 Spring Term

 Physics

 P1.1: Forces (squashing, stretching, drag, mass, weight, balanced and unbalanced forces) 

 P1.2: Sound (Waves, vibrations, loudness, pitch, echoes and ultrasound) 

 P1.3: Light (Reflection, refraction, the eye and the camera, colour dispersion and filters) 

 P1.4: Space (The night sky, the solar system, the Earth and the moon)

 Assessment: Subject specific end of topic assessment

 Summer Term

 Biology

 B1.1: Cells (plant and animal cells, using a microscope, specialised cells, unicellular cells, movement of substances in and out of cells – diffusion) 

 B1.2: Structure and function of body systems (gas exchange, breathing, skeleton, joints and muscles) 

 B1.3: Reproduction (adolescence, reproductive organs, fertilisation and implantation, menstrual cycle, pollination, fertilisation, germination and seed dispersal) 

 Assessment: Subject specific end of topic assessment

 Revision Period: In preparation for the end of year assessment, students will revise everything that they have studied in Year 7 (outlined above).

 Assessment: Summer end of year exam

 Enrichment Activities

 In order to develop a life-long passion and enthusiasm for Science in our Year 7 pupils, we deliver the following activities in addition to the lessons in the scheme of work: making ice-cream and experimenting with dry ice during the solids, liquids and gases topic; designing, making and launching rockets during the forces topic; and a rat dissection during the reproduction and body systems topics.

 

Year 8

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Chemistry

 C2.1: The Periodic table (Metals and non-metals, groups, periods and elements of group 1, 7 and 0)  

 C2.2: Separation techniques (Mixtures, solutions, solubility, filtration, evaporation, distillation and chromatography) 

 C2.3: Metals and acids (Metals and oxygen, metals and water, displacement reactions, extracting metals, ceramics, polymers and composites) 

 C2.4: The Earth (The Earth and its atmosphere, sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks, the rock cycle, carbon cycle, climate change and recycling) 

 Assessment: Subject specific end of topic assessment 

 Spring Term

 Physics

 P2.1: Electricity and magnetism (Circuits and current, potential difference, series and parallel circuits, resistance, magnets and magnetic fields and electromagnets) 

 P2.2: Energy (Food and fuels, energy and temperature, energy transfer: particles and radiation, energy resources, energy and power, work, energy and machines) 

 P2.3: Motion and pressure (Speed, motion graphs, pressure in gases, liquids and solids, and turning forces)       

 Assessment: Subject specific end of topic assessment

 Summer Term

 Biology

 B2.1: Health and lifestyle (Nutrients, food tests, unhealthy diet, digestive system, bacteria and enzymes in digestion, drugs, alcohol and smoking) 

 B2.2: Ecosystem Processes (Leaves, photosynthesis, plant Minerals, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, chemosynthesis, food chains and webs, disruption to food chains /webs and ecosystems) 

 B2.3: Adaptation and Inheritance (Competition and adaptation, adapting to change, variation, continuous and discontinuous variation, inheritance, natural selection and extinction)

 Assessment: Subject specific end of topic assessment

 Revision Period: In preparation for the end of year assessment, students will revise everything that they have studied in Year 8 (outlined above).

 Assessment: Summer end of year exam

 Enrichment Activities

 In order to develop a life-long passion and enthusiasm for science in our Year 8 pupils we invite the Animal Roadshow and Cheshire Falconry into school during the spring term. They deliver exciting sessions with a snake, giant rat, birds of prey, a Bull frog, hissing cockroaches and a blue-tongued skink being just a few of the fascinating creatures they bring with them.