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Science KS3

Aims:
  • To provide a high quality science education that provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help students to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • To equip students with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

Content:
Year 7
Year 8
  • Biology Cells, Ecosystems, Skeletal and Muscular Systems, Gas exchange and Reproduction
  • Biology Inheritance, Cellular Respiration, Nutrition and Digestion, Photosynthesis, Drugs and the Human Body
  • Physics Forces, Astronomy, Magnetism, Static and Moving things
  • Chemistry Chemical Reactions 1 and 2, Earth & Atmosphere, Materials
  • Chemistry Particle Model, Atoms, Elements and Compounds and Separating Substances
  • Physics Energy, Electricity, Waves, Light, Pressure, Fuel
  • How Science works – experimental skills and methods of analysis
  • How Science works – experimental skills and methods of analysis

 

Key assessment details:

Students’ progress will be continually assessed by their responses in class, their written classwork and their homework tasks. In addition, a facts test will be set at the end of each half term and an examination will be sat at the end of the year. The tests assess factual recall of the knowledge defined in the programme of study. The end of year exam will test both factual knowledge and scientific skills ie experimental design and data analysis. The end of year school grade will be given based on the students’ performance in the tests and in the examination.

Grades will range from 1 to 7 in year 7 and 1-8 in year 8 (with 8 being the highest grade obtainable).

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