Science

Year 7
Year 8
Key Stage 4

What will my child learn about in Science this year?

Students will be studying the four below modules through a mixture of learning styles, with an emphasis on practical investigations and data analysis.

Discovery


Students will learn how to be safe when working in a laboratory. Students will also investigate forces to discover how they can be used and measured. In this unit students will also begin studying light, and discover how to draw ray diagrams and about the laws of reflection and refraction.

Celebration


Students will study how coloured light can be mixed and filtered, and the properties of sound, they will link this to the use of sound and light in celebration. Students will also learn about the particle model which is a central concept in science and how this theory can explain observations.

Creativity


Students will learn about chemical and physical change, acids and alkalis, combustion and the creativity that you can express through chemical reactions. They will also learn how to show these reactions as word equations.

Balance


Students will learn about cells, how they function and the importance of specialist cells and how they balance physiological processes in the body. Students will also learn about how reproduction with an emphasis on the principles of human reproduction.

What type of homework will be set?

An extension task or worksheet continuing the learning from the lesson
Writing a conclusion or evaluation for a practical lesson
Drawing a graph or chart
Research tasks about work covered in the lesson or for future lessons, obtaining information from secondary sources such as the internet or books

How will my child be assessed in Science this year?

Students will be having ongoing formative assessment throughout all lessons and then have four formal examinations, after each of the IMYC units.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Parents can help their child by ensuring they are prepared for Science lessons (homework completed, correct equipment, material from previous lessons revised) and by supporting them with revision preparation for each of the block tests. Key words in this subject will be vital both this year and for all subsequent years so test your child on the meaning and spelling of Science specific terminology.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv is the KS3 section of the BBC Bitesize website and is divided into Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There are some useful revision materials on here but not all are relevant so cross reference against the work in your child’s book.

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What will my child learn about in Science this year?

Students will be studying the four below modules through a mixture of learning styles, with an emphasis on practical investigations and data analysis.

Risk


Students will investigate electrical circuits, how they work, how to draw them and the different ways to construct them and the risks associated with electricity use. Students will also learn about (and build), functioning electromagnets.

Interpretation


Students will learn about energy transformations and the difference between heat and temperature. Students will also learn about the different types of thermal energy transfer and how this can be applied to real life situations. Data on heat transfer will be interpreted.

Identity


Students will study respiration and the crucial role that the circulatory, respiratory and digestive system, play in this process essential for life with emphasis of the identity of the organs in each of these systems.

Structures


Students will learn about how the periodic table is structured and investigate the chemical behaviour of metals and non-metals. Students will study the production of compounds and use symbol equations to show what is happening in a reaction.

What type of homework will be set?

  • An extension task or worksheet continuing the learning from the lesson
  • Writing a conclusion or evaluation for a practical lesson
  • Drawing a graph or chart
  • Research tasks about work covered in the lesson or for future lessons, obtaining information from secondary sources such as the internet or books

How will my child be assessed in Science this year?

Students will be having ongoing formative assessment throughout all lessons and then have four formal examinations, after each of the IMYC units.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

Parents can help their child by ensuring they are prepared for Science lessons (homework completed, correct equipment, material from previous lessons revised) and by supporting them with revision preparation for each of the block tests. Key words in this subject will be vital both this year and for all subsequent years so test your child on the meaning and spelling of Science specific terminology.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv is the KS3 section of the BBC Bitesize website and is divided into Biology, Chemistry and Physics. There are some useful revision materials on here but not all are relevant so cross reference against the work in your child’s book.

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What will I learn?

The Science curriculum offers a range of pathways which enable all students to excel. Each pathway covers the prescribed programme of study for Science at KS4, as set out by the National Curriculum.

In Year 9 we aim to offer a broadly balanced curriculum, covering topics from biology,
chemistry and physics. Wherever possible, we aim for all sets to study the same materials
to enable us to adjust setting during the year.

As stated above, some sets will make sufficient progress to enable the completion of three
separate science GCSEs within KS4, whilst others will complete the GCSE Combined Science:
Trilogy course. This means that students have the opportunity to gain either two or three
GCSEs in science. All courses have two tiers of papers, Foundation and Higher.

Whilst we try to take students’ and parental wishes into account in making decisions about
relevant courses, we would ask that you respect our professional judgement in these issues.

How will I be assessed?

Every course consists of written examinations, including an assessment of practical work. The grades for the combined science course range from 9-9, 9-8, 8-8 etc. The grades for the separate science subjects are 9-1. Examinations contain a mixture of question types, including multiple choice, short answer and extended written answer. There is no coursework component in any science course.

What could I move onto?

Studying science will broaden your understanding of the world around you, may allow you to influence and develop accepted scientific knowledge, and will give you the skills needed to approach most matters in a reasoned and analytical manner. As such it is a highly valued subject, helping students develop sought after, transferable skills applicable to a huge range of areas.
Both routes through Key Stage Four Science will provide students with the opportunities required for them to access A Level Science subjects or alternative Post-16 courses.

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