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Science

KEY STAGE THREE

Key Stage Three Science serves as the foundation for GCSE. Students develop an extensive subject

knowledge base which will be invaluable at GCSE. In Key Stage Three, students have the opportunity to study across the three disciplines Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Topics include: Earth and Space, Reactions and Reactivity, Muscles and Bones and Forces.

A DETAILED YEAR 7 CURRICULUM CAN BE FOUND HERE.

Year 7 Science

Term 1 Topic(s): Forces and Cells & Reproduction.

Overview of activities:

Pupils will look at different forces and how we can represent these on diagrams. They will carry out practicals to investigate forces in different situations.

We will then learn about the differences between animal and plant cells and how they are specialised depending on the job they carry out. They will look at how cells join to make tissues, and tissues join to make organs, and how several organs work together within an organ system to carry out a particular role. From this they will then look at the reproductive system in more detail including the organs involved in both female and male systems.

Term 2 Topic(s): Acids and Alkalis, Types of Reactions, Energy and Electricity.

Overview of activities:

Pupils will look at what an acid and an alkali are and be able to give some examples of each. They will carry out practical work to enable them to identify acids and alkalis using a variety of different indicators. They will also learn about neutralisation and examples of this in everyday life.

Pupils will also learn about circuit components and how to make series and parallel circuits. They will also learn about the safety issues related to electricity including static electricity. In the energy section they will learn about the different types of energy, including energy transfers and look at renewable vs non-renewable.

Term 3 Topic(s): Particles, Ecosystems and Classification.

Overview of activities:

As part of the particles topic pupils will learn what a solid, liquid and gas are and how to represent them as particle diagrams. They will also look at how state changes occur and will carry out practical work to investigate these different state changes. Pupils will also learn what makes a solution and how to separate a solution, using filtration, distillation and chromatography.

Pupils will look at how both animals and plants are classified in nature and will learn the different parts of plants, including the structure of a flower. They will look at the relationships within food chains and food webs.

How will work be assessed:

Pupils will complete a number of structured and literacy enhanced formative assessments as well as project work throughout the term. At the end of each topic they will complete an end of topic test.

Homework overview:

Pupils will be set homework weekly. Homework will include tasks to consolidate knowledge learnt throughout the course, develop graph skills and SAT style questions.

Useful resources:

KS3 BBC Bitesize

KS3 CGP Science Study Guide

A DETAILED YEAR 8 CURRICULUM CAN BE FOUND HERE.

Year 8 Science Term 1 Topic(s): Earth and Space, Rocks, Combustion, Food and Digestion, Breathing and Respiration.

Overview of activities:

Pupils will look at ideas about the Earth and space including how we get day and night and seasons. They will move on to look at the different types of rocks and how they were formed, followed by the process of combustion and the problems caused when we burn fuels.

Pupils will then learn about a variety of different body systems including the respiratory, digestive and circulatory system. They will be able to identify the different organs involved and will be able to describe and explain how the organs work together within their particular body system. They will make links to how the different body systems are involved in respiration.

Term 2 Topic(s): The Periodic Table, Reactions & Reactivity, Light and Sound.

Overview of activities:

Pupils will learn about the development of the Periodic Table and how this has changed over time. They will learn what element are and how these are arranged in the Periodic Table. They will look at the properties of metals vs non-metals and will look at a number of groups including Group 1 and 7. Pupils will study the different types of reactions, carrying out a variety of experiments as well as learning how to write equations to show what happens during different reactions.

Pupils will find out about waves such as light and sound. They will carry out a number of different experiments to look at reflection and refraction and will be able to identify the different parts of a wave.

Term 3 Topic(s): Atoms, Elements, Compounds and Mixtures, Unicellular Organisms, Muscles and Bones.

Overview of activities:

Pupils will learn what an atom, element, compound and mixture are and will investigate how to separate different mixtures.

Pupils will look at how we classify living organisms outside of the animal and plant kingdoms. They will study unicellular organisms such as yeast, bacteria and protoctists. Pupils will then move onto to look at the skeletal system and how muscles work around the body in a variety of roles.

How will work be assessed:

Pupils will complete a number of structured and literacy enhanced formative assessments as well as project work throughout the term. At the end of each topic they will complete an end of topic test.

Homework overview:

Pupils will be set homework weekly. Homework will include tasks to consolidate knowledge learnt throughout the course, develop graph skills and SAT style questions.

Useful resources:

KS3 BBC Bitesize

KS3 CGP Science Study Guide


Key Stage Four

At Key Stage Four, students have the opportunity to study a separate sciences curriculum and/or a combined science curriculum. Students can select to specialise within each discipline if they wish, choosing to study Chemistry, Physics and/or Biology as they so wish. Similarly, students can follow the combined curriculum where they study a mixture of all three disciplines. This curriculum framework is designed to ensure all students have the opportunity to study Science Post 16.

A detailed combined curriculum can be found here.

A detailed separate science curriculum can be found here.


Key Stage Five

For A Level study, students are asked to specialise in separate Science disciplines, studying Physics, Biology or Chemistry. However, there are opportunities for students who excel at GCSE to study all three separate disciplines in Post 16. For students looking for a broader Science curriculum at Key Stage Five, we offer the BTEC Applied Science qualification which is predominantly coursework based but does have an external examination component.

More details can be found here.

BTEC Level 3 Applied Science introduction

Biology AS and A2 Overview 2018

KS5 Chemistry As and A level Overview 2018

A Level Physics Module Route