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Science (KS3)

In year 7 and 8 pupils study General science which consists of 2 terms on each of the different sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The subjects are rotated between 9 classes to ensure sufficient equipment for each practical lesson.

Subject Information

CURRICULUM VISION

“A broad, stimulating and enjoyable curriculum, that engages, motivates and challenges all pupils, giving them the knowledge, skills and understanding to grow as individuals, preparing them for the next stage in their lives”

In Science, we incorporate the curriculum vision by:

Broad:

  • Teaching a range of topics across the sciences that stretch students’ knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Topics such as fundamentals of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and investigative skills.

Stimulating

  • Encouraging interest and enthusiasm through inquisitive and investigative learning that allows students to take ownership of their own discoveries and draw valid conclusions.

Enjoyable

  • In Science, a range of learning techniques are implemented to make the subject enjoyable and accessible for all students, e.g. research based inquiry, experimental and practical work as well as field studies.

Engaging

  • Developing an understanding and awareness of how real life situations and current affairs are linked to an understanding and appreciation for science such as health and disease, climate change and global warming, intensive cattle farming and technological advances.

Motivating

  • Making links between the different topics in Science and the potential careers that can stem from an interest in those topic.
  • Learning about future pathways after GCSE or Applied Science and the wide range of careers that a qualification in science can offer.

Challenging

  • Strengthening students’ examination skills by practising a wide range of revision skills and strategies throughout the course.  

Course Content

In year 7 classes rotate in no specific order, through Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The students are taught by specialist teachers for each subject.

Biology topics – Cells and reproduction, Interdependence, Gas exchange and transport in mammals, Nutrition and health

Physics topics – Current and electricity, Forces, Earth and space, Light and sound

Chemistry topics – How science works, The particle model, Other materials,  Atoms, elements and compounds, The periodic table.

In year 8 the classes rotate through Biology, Chemistry and Physics. However students will finish the year on the subject they will study for their first GCSE in year 9. The students are taught by specialist teachers for each subject.

Biology topic – Plants and growing food, Genetics and evolution, Disease and medicines and Homeostasis

Physics topics – Energy transfers, fluids, forces and motion, other forces

Chemistry topics – Acids and alkalis, Metals, Crude oil and combustion, Atmosphere and Chemical reactions

Staff

Homework

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 will be set weekly active learn tasks that link to the topics being studied in class. Tasks can be accessed here, https://www.pearsonactivelearn.com Students can obtain their user name and password from their class teacher. If there are any problems please lets us know or make use of homework club which is available to complete the tasks set after school.

Revision

GENERAL INFORMATION (USEFUL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS)

Although students in years 7 and 8 learn all three science subjects on rotation, In Year 9, 10 and 11 students will be studying 1 GCSE subject per year in no specific order. For example: Biology in year 9, Chemistry in year 10 and Physics in year 11.

At the end of each year the GCSE exams will be sat and consist of 2 papers, each 1 hour 45 minutes in length.

Students will therefore need to be able to revise as their first GSCE exams will be in year 9. You can find everything you need to help students revise for their Year 7 and 8 science tests below giving them skills and knowledge for success at GCSE.

Personal Learning Checklist

Year 7 – click here

Year 8 – click here

REVISION MATERIAL / SHAREPOINT Click here

Pupils must log in with their username as their usual computer login followed by @st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk (e.g. JSmith123@st-georgescofe-thanet.kent.sch.uk) and their usual password they use to log on to school laptops. The revision is updated regularly so content may vary.

 

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