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Science - KS3

What are the key features of the programmes of study?
The National Curriculum for Science aims to ensure that all pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Through scientific enquiry, Science aims to develop students’ ability to question and explain the changing world around them, providing them with an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. The course aims to provide students with the foundation needed to excel at GCSE.

What will my child study in Year 7?
In Year 7, the Biology topics covered are Cells, Body Systems and Reproduction. In Chemistry, the topics are Particles, Elements, Acids and Alkalis and Chemical Reactions. In Physics, the topics include Space, Forces, Sound and Light. All topics also include numerous opportunities for students to develop essential practical science skills and problem solving. Health Topics are also delivered through Science in Year 7 and include a range of topics from the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) Curriculum, including Personal Hygiene.

 What will my child study in Year 8?
In Year 8, the Biology topics covered are Lifestyle, Inheritance and Ecosystems. In Chemistry, the topics are Separating Techniques, Periodic Table, Metals and Acids and Earth. In Physics, the topics include Electricity and Magnetism, Motion and Pressure and Energy. As in every year, most of these topics will involve opportunities for students to develop their practical science skills. Health Topics are also delivered through Science in Year 8 and include a range of topics from the PSHE Curriculum including Internet Safety.

What will my child study in Year 9?
In Year 9, students will follow a specially designed course, which aims to consolidate and extend the scientific knowledge and understanding acquired throughout Years 7 and 8, while equipping them with the skills needed for success at Key Stage 4. In each scientific discipline, students are introduced to the core concepts required for GCSE. In Biology this includes Microscopes and Enzymes. In Chemistry, this includes Atomic Structure and Bonding. In Physics, this includes Waves and Electricity. These are taught to GCSE level, with a focus on mastering these foundation concepts and applying them to GCSE level exam questions to start embedding good exam technique. Health Topics are also delivered through Science in Year 9 and include a range of topics from the PSHCE Curriculum including Contraception and Drug Awareness.

What homework and enrichment opportunities will my child have?
Homework is set regularly by classroom teachers, who will upload the homework onto Class Charts. Homework will take a variety of forms, but will have a ‘Working Scientifically, Literacy or Numeracy’ focus, and will always link to the topics being studied in class to ensure their significance. Parents and carers can support their children by talking with their son or daughter about the homework. Students’ work will be assessed against the skills required at GCSE.

Wide varieties of extra-curricular activities are available for students to take part in all year round, including a number of trips. The Science Department organise regular internal competitions whilst also taking part in county and national competitions, such as the Big Bang Fair, and the BP STEM Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). We also have a number of organisations who visit the school throughout the course of the year to provide enrichment activities, including workshops, talks and shows. In the summer term, we hold our Science Fair for our Year 7 students. Students investigate a project of their choice, and display and discuss their work once it is completed. This is an opportunity for families to come into the Science Department, celebrate the work that has been produced by students, and share in their successes.

How is my child assessed?
Students’ progress will be formally assessed at the end of each half term with a formative test that is designed to facilitate progress towards GCSE examinations. In Year 9, tests will include questions that have been taken from past GCSE papers, and students will be assessed using GCSE criteria. Class teachers will give feedback on results and focus effort on areas of weakness for individual students. The data provided by these assessments will enable us to track the progress of every child and provide support where necessary to ensure all students achieve their potential.

What equipment is needed?
It is vital that students always come to their Science lessons prepared with the following equipment: pen, pencil, purple pen, ruler, eraser, calculator and a hair tie for hair to be tied back in practical sessions.

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