Science

Overview for Year 7:

Being able to have a fundamental understanding of science has never been more important than it is today in our vastly changing and evolving scientific and technological based lives. Our aim is that all pupils who arrive in year seven receive the best preparation for this.

Initially when students begin the Year 7 course they will undertake intensive training in lab safety, key skills and how to become young scientists. Following a short assessment they will conduct a transitional module.  The aim of this module is to make sure pupils begin key stage three with the relevant scientific skills.  Following this pupils follow the National Curriculum programme of study. The year 7 course is split up into Biology, chemistry and physics, each discipline is covered through two distinct modules.  The topics covered in each module are outlined in the table below. Throughout the year our young scientists will be constantly developing and improving their scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding. The topics listed below create the foundation required to understand the uses and implications of science today, and for the future. During year 7 pupils are in mixed ability form groups. 

 

 

Biology 1

 

Chemistry 1

 

Physics 1

Cells biology

Acids and alkalis

Energy

Human biology

Chemical reactions

Electricity

 

Biology 2

 

Chemistry 2

 

Physics 2

Ecology

States of matter

Forces around us

Classification

Geology

Space

 

What parents can do to help

  • Parents can help support learning by discussing student’s homework, all on Show My Homework, to further support learning activities in college.
  • Quick topic quizzes for each of the units of work will be available on the college website. Parents can help students to check areas they are unsure of and test their knowledge.
  • Each topic will have a summary of the key ideas in the form of a simple checklist for parents/careers to discuss.
  • Use the college website ‘Science’.
  • Talk about Science in the news and encourage students to come to college with questions about Science news. Encourage your child to read as well as listen to Science news.

Useful websites

KS3 BBC Bitesize Science: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/


Overview for Year 8:

The year 8 science course builds upon the fundamental concepts students have been taught in year 7. Each student follows a syllabus that gives them the opportunity to gain not only the knowledge and understanding of the scientific world around them but also gives them the experience of conducting experiments and working as scientists.

Throughout the year students are continually assessed through 6 major tests covering what they have learnt over a period of 6 weeks. Students will also have the opportunity to complete prose and longer answer questions to help support them in their literacy and prepare them for the future examinations. Students in year 8 are set by ability into 4 strands.

Topics covered: 

 

Biology 1

 

Chemistry 1

 

Physics 1

Diet and digestion

Separating techniques

Heat transfer

Human organ systems

Periodic table

Forces and electromagnetism

 

Biology 2

 

Chemistry 2

 

Physics 2

Microbes and the immune system

Chemical reactions 2

Light

Environmental Science

Materials and their properties

Sound

 

What parents can do to help

  • Parents can help support learning by discussing student’s homework, all on Show My Homework, to further support learning activities in college.
  • Quick topic quizzes for each of the units of work will be available on the college website. Parents can help students to check areas they are unsure of and test their knowledge.
  • Each topic will have a summary of the key ideas in the form of a simple checklist for parents/careers to discuss.
  • Use the Science area of the college website.
  • Talk about Science in the news and encourage students to come to college with questions about Science news. Encourage your child to read as well as listen to Science news.

Useful websites

KS3 BBC Bitesize Science at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/


Overview for Year 9:

At the beginning of year 9 students sit a test to measure progress so far during the key stage 3 course.  In the first half of year 9 students complete the necessary Key Stage 3 programme of study, gaining the key concepts and skills that underpin all future learning in science. After the completion of 3 tests, each 6 weeks apart students begin a course which has been designed to assist them in the transition between key stage 3 and GCSE. Students revisit and learn new concepts that underpin the GCSE course.  Students will also undertake modules within this transitional unit that are based on math’s, literacy and science skills. This will make sure pupils are equipped with the relevant skill set to commence their GCSE’s successfully.

Once the transitional unit is complete students will conduct a final test that is linked to the test they initially completed at the start of year 9.  The aim of completing two tests is to measure progress made across the key stage and more precisely across year 9.  Data from all tests in year 9 alongside teacher judgements will be used to preliminary set pupils into GCSE groups (1-5).  Once this has been done pupils will be taught the new GCSE course.

Topics covered: 

 

Biology

 

Chemistry

 

Physics

Genetics

Metals

Energy and electricity

Plant biology

Pollution

Forces and motion

Transitional unit

GCSE course commencement

 
What parents can do to help :

  • Parents can help support learning by discussing student’s          homework, all on Show My Homework, to further support learning activities in college.
  • Quick topic quizzes for each of the units of work will be available on the college website. Parents can help students to check areas they are unsure of and test their knowledge.
  • Each topic will have a summary of the key ideas in the form of a simple checklist for parents/careers to discuss.
  • Use the Science area of the college website.
  • Talk about Science in the news and encourage students to come to college with questions about Science news. Encourage your child to read as well as listen to Science news.

Useful websites :

KS3 BBC Bitesize Science at http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/



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