Science

Years 7-9

Introduction and Overview

Key Stage 3 course:

Teaching during Years 7 – 9 follows the new national curriculum for Science, with regular interim assessments. The course is structured as follows:

Year 7 topics

After an introductory topic, which shows students how to work safely in the laboratory and introduces methods of working scientifically, the course is taught in the following topic areas: 

  • Cells – Structure and function of body systems
  • Reproduction; Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms and compounds
  • Reactions
  • Forces
  • Sound
  • Space.

Year 8 topics

A further nine topics are studied in Year 8. 

  • Health and lifestyle; Ecosystems
  • Adaptation and inheritance
  • Acids and alkalis
  • The Periodic table
  • Metals and acids
  • Light
  • Energy.

Year 9 topics

 Students continue their study in Year 9 in the following areas: 

  • Separation techniques
  • The Earth
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Motion and pressure.

There is also an opportunity for students to focus upon major turning points in scientific progress, new technology and developments and practical applications of Science.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Encourage the following:
  • Work with a variety of people
  • Take part in group work
  • Take every opportunity to extend your learning
  • Ask and answer questions every lesson
  • Respond to feedback tasks and comments

Web Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p

http://www.darvill.clara.net/myon.htm

http://www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm

http://www.mathsmadeeasy.co.uk/science-ks3-year-7.htm

Additional Reading

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, by Dominic Walliman and Ben Newman (Flying Eye Books)

Infographics: Human Body, by Peter Grundy and Simon Rogers (Candlewick Press)

Robert Winstons Super Science book

Years 10-11

Introduction and Overview

Key Stage 4 courses:

Exam board: Edexcel

We offer two course options for Years 10 – 11:

  • Separate Sciences route – leading to three GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, taken as one of the option blocks to allow additional time.
  • GCSE (9-1) Combined Science – worth two GCSEs. The course is externally examined in June of Year 11.

Both courses follow a 100% linear assessment programme and there is an increased emphasis on both practical and mathematical skills.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Encourage the following:
  • Bring your books, revision guide and equipment to every lesson
  • Work with a variety of people
  • Take part in group work
  • Keep an open mind
  • Take every opportunity to extend your learning
  • Ask and answer questions every lesson
  • Respond to feedback tasks and comments
  • Attend revision sessions
  • Take responsibility for your learning

Web Links

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses.htm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/edexcel/

http://www.docbrown.info/page20/2edexscience.htm

Additional Reading

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • A Brief History of time by Stephen Hawking
  • The Double Helix by James D Watson
  • Life on Earth by David Attenborough