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Science (Key Stage 3)

 

Year 7

What will pupils study this year?

 

 

 

 Autumn Term

 Biology

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

 B1.2: Adaptation and Inheritance (variation, inheritance, adapting to change, competition, natural selection, extinction)

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

 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 (electromagnetic waves, 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

 Chemistry

 C1.1: The Particle Model (states of matter, melting and freezing, boiling, sublimation)

 C1.2: Elements and Compounds (atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, word and symbol equations)

 C1.3: Separation Techniques (mixtures, solutions, solubility, conservation of mass, filtration, crystallisation, distillation, chromatography)

 C1.4: The periodic table (groups, periods, groups 1,7 and 0)

 Assessment: Subject specific end of topic assessment

 Revision Period: In preparation for the end of year assessment, pupils 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: dissection of flowers and an aquaponics project during reproduction, and a looking at space unit where we will also be designing, making and launching rockets.

 

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 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.