KS3 Science

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Course Name
: Science

Curriculum Content

The key concepts developed in year 7 are: scientific thinking application and implication and collaboration. The key processes include practical and enquiry skills, critical understanding of evidence and communication skills.

These skills will be incorporated into the curriculum in the key topic areas including energy, electricity and forces; chemical and material behaviour; organisms’ behaviour and health; and environment, earth and the universe.

In year 8 the students will continue developing key concepts including scientific thinking and processes during practical activities.

They will build on key topic areas and study food and digestion, respiration, microbes and disease, chemical reactions, rocks and weathering, the rock cycle, magnets and magnetism and light and sound.

In year 9 the students will further develop their scientific thinking and enquiry skills with particular focus on practical skills development in preparation for KS4.

They will further develop their scientific understanding of key topics including inheritance and classification; elements and compounds and the periodic table; and energy, electricity and the universe.

How Classes are Grouped

Students remain in their tutor groups for the first 5 weeks and then grouped according to ability

Students remain in their tutor groups for the first 5 weeks and then grouped according to ability

Students are grouped according to ability

Assessment (including homework)

The students will have two assessments each half term assessing them on their understanding of two topics that will then be levelled . The students will also have two pieces of homework each week which are assessed.

The students will have two assessments each half term assessing them on their understanding of two topics that will then be levelled . The students will also have two pieces of homework each week which are assessed.

The students will have two assessments each half term assessing them on their understanding of two topics that will then be levelled.
In the summer term they will be assessed on their practical skills and preparation for GCSE. The students will also have two pieces of homework each week which will be assessed.

How to Support Your Son

  • Discussing what he has covered in science lessons.
  • Encouraging him to take an interest in science current affairs in the media (newspaper, radio, television).
  • Encouraging him to watch science and natural history documentary programmes.
  • Encouraging him to read science and natural history publications (e.g. National Geographic, New Scientist, BBC Focus magazine).
  • Discussing what he has covered in science lessons.
  • Encouraging him to take an interest in science current affairs in the media (newspaper, radio, television).
  • Encouraging him to watch science and natural history documentary programmes.
  • Encouraging him to read science and natural history publications (e.g. National Geographic, New Scientist, BBC Focus magazine).
  • Discussing what he has covered in science lessons.
  • Encouraging him to take an interest in science current affairs in the media (newspaper, radio, television).
  • Encouraging him to watch science and natural history documentary programmes.
  • Encouraging him to read science and natural history publications (e.g. National Geographic, New Scientist, BBC Focus magazine).

 

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