Science

Key Stage 3 Science (Year 7 & Year 8)


Units Taught
Biology - Cells; Respiration; Reproduction
Chemistry - Atoms and elements; Changing substances and forming compounds
Physics - Contact forces; energy transfers; Electrical Circuits
Working Scientifically – How to be a scientist


Main Skills developed
• Explaining how each piece of evidence supports it or not.
• Consider social, environment, economic or ethical factors in a science or technology decision
• Compare and contrasting models of the atom that have developed throughout history.
• Represent a phenomenon, process or system with a diagram or symbols.
• Identifying Protons, neutrons and electrons within an atom from the information given on the periodic table.
• Plan a method and apparatus that can collect precise and accurate data.
• Use fractions and percentages in calculations
• Write a hypothesis against the evidence collected to test it.
• Plan an experiment to test whether a hypothesis or model is correct.
• Determine independent, dependent and control variables to answer a scientific question.
• Draw conclusions from observations or data, with evidence and reasoning.


How can parents help to support learning
• Encourage students to complete their science homework in both their knowledge organiser and Seneca.
• Allow students to take part in at home science activities with adult guidance and support
• Ask them what they have learned in science today.


Extracurricular opportunities
• Students are encouraged to complete Seneca learning to support their understanding.
• Students are also encouraged to complete home learning practicals to support their understanding and increase their curiosity.
• Students are encouraged to attend STEM club to complete CREST awards.
• Students are asked to support Y6’s as ‘lab technician’ guiding them through practical work and helping them with their understanding.
• Students are also provided with the opportunity to go on Science trips.


Useful websites
www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science/
www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_ks3_science
www.docbrown.info/ks3science.htm
http://ntscience.co.uk/powerpoint/index.html
www.darvill.clara.net/myon.htm
SMSC and British Values
Spiritual -Linking the students place in the universe and the world they live in.
Social – working together in groups to explore science practically and gain an understanding of how science affects society.
Moral – exploring moral issues arising in society such and stem cells, energy resources.
British Values – Students apply their scientific knowledge to careers and roles found in the U.K and learn how to achieve those careers and how they support our future.

 

Year 9 - 13

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Applied Science

Health and Social Care

Child learning play and development