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 Overview KS3 (Year 7-Year 8)

Throughout Key Stage 3, students follow the National Curriculum pathway which is mapped against the AQA GCSE specification. This sets up an essential understanding in Science to give them the best opportunity to succeed at GCSE in Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11

Year 7

Students study the new 2014 National Curriculum guidelines by the Government and mapped against the AQA GCSE specification which continues from Key Stage 2 studies at primary school and develops their skills in practical science and their understanding of the three specialisms of science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will study science with their form groups during Year 7.

Students will begin science by completing a series of lessons based around practical skills using equipment, Health and safety in the lab and will also have the opportunity to develop skills in writing scientific reports for future experiments (Literacy) and develop their graph drawing skills and ability to use them analytically to draw on conclusions (Numeracy)

Practical science can be done at home- click on the following website for some ideas:

http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/

Subject content

The following modules will be taught in Year 7 at different times of the year on a rotation system;

Biology

Organisms

Focus:

Cells- Microscopy, animal and plant cells, specialised cells and unicellular cells

Movement- levels of organisms, skeleton, movement- joints and muscles

Genes

Focus:

Human Reproduction- The reproductive system, adolescence-puberty, fertilisation and implantation, development of the fetus and the menstrual cycle

Ecosystem

Focus:

Interdependence and plant reproduction- Food chains and webs, disruption in food chains and webs, ecosystems and competition

Chemistry

Matter

Focus:

The Particle model- The particle model, states of matter,

Elements- atoms, elements, compounds, chemical formulae and polymers

Reaction

Focus:

Types of reactions- atoms and chemical reactions, combustion, thermal decomposition, conservation of mass.

Chemical reactions- exothermic and endothermic reactions, energy level diagrams and bond energies

Acids and Alkalis- acids and alkalis, indicators and pH, neutralisation and making salts

Physics

Forces

Focus:

Contact forces- forces, balanced and unbalanced forces

Gravity- mass vs weight

Earth

Focus:

Universe- The night sky, the solar system, the Earth, the moon and changing ideas

Waves

Focus:

Sound- sound waves- loudness & amplitude, frequency & pitch, sound waves and speed, the ear and hearing

Wave effects- sound waves, water waves and energy, modelling waves

Light- light, reflection, refraction, the eye and colour

Electromagnetic spectrum- radiation and energy

 

 

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