Science

What will students learn?

Year 7

In Science, pupils will study a range of different topics that explore concepts from Biology, Chemistry and Physics in everyday contexts.

Within the Year 7 curriculum, there is an emphasis on skills; both science specific skills such as analysing data and drawing conclusions and those that will develop their learning across a range of subjects e.g. communicating to different audiences and inferring information from a range of texts. Students are regularly given the opportunity to develop their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills within lessons. Year 7 students will be following the AQA KS3 specification in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills required for the new, more demanding GCSEs.

Year 8

In Science, pupils will study a range of different topics that explore concepts from Biology, Chemistry and Physics in everyday contexts. Topics include Whodunnit, Our House and Survivors. The units are not specific to an area of science. For example in the unit Whodunnit, pupils will cover a range of topics ranging from developing questioning, separation techniques and blood typing.

Within the Year 8 curriculum, there is an emphasis on skills; both science specific skills such as analysing data and drawing conclusions and those that will develop their learning across a range of subjects e.g. communicating to different audiences and inferring information from a range of texts. Students are regularly given the opportunity to develop their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills within lessons also.

Year 9

In Science, pupils will study a range of different topics that explore concepts from Biology, Chemistry and Physics in everyday contexts. Topics include Alchemist Lair, Forces and Evolution.

Within the Year 9 curriculum, there is an emphasis on skills; both science specific skills such as analysing data and drawing conclusions and those that will develop their learning across a range of subjects e.g. communicating to different audiences and inferring information from a range of texts. Students are regularly given the opportunity to develop their literacy, numeracy and ICT skills within lessons also.

In January, students will officially begin their studies in GCSE Science. The science department follow the new AQA GCSE trilogy specification for Combined Science and the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics specifications for Triple award science.

How will they be assessed?

Year 7

Students’ books are regularly taken in by their science teacher and they will receive formative feedback on their most recent work. This will give students guidance on what work they have completed well and targets on how to improve their work.

Their overall achievement for the year will be given in the end of year report using all these assessments to give an average level for the year.

Year 8

Students’ books are regularly taken in by their science teacher and they will receive formative feedback on their most recent work. This will give students guidance on what work they have completed well and targets on how to improve their work.

Their overall achievement for the year will be given in the end of year report using all these assessments to give an average level for the year.

Year 9

Students’ books are regularly taken in by their science teacher and they will receive formative feedback on their most recent work. Students’ will also complete a pre-assessment task mid-way through a topic which is marked by their teacher and they will receive formative feedback. The formative feedback will be designed to help the students to best prepare for their end of topic assessments.

Home Learning

Year 7

Students will be set homework by their classroom teacher relating to their work throughout the year. They will also be given support with revising for any tests by being given core questions to practice relating to their topics.

They will also complete a more extended home learning project in the winter term.

Year 8

Students will be set homework by their classroom teacher relating to their work throughout the year. They will also be given support with revising for any tests by being given core questions to practice relating to their topics.

They will also complete a more extended home learning project in the winter term.

Year 9

Students will receive home learning assignments once a week and the expectation is that this will take 30 minutes.

Home learning given in Science is varied and in some cases will be a simple guided research task or exam style questions. Many of the home learning assignments set are part of a larger project that students will work on over a longer period of time.

How can parents support their child?

Year 7

When pupils are going through topics from their lessons at home, they can visit main Science websites for KS3:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science/

http://www.scibermonkey.org/

Before main summative assessments, pupils will be given a revision checklist. You can go through these with your child before the test to ensure they understand all the content they will be tested on.

The Science Museum and Natural History Museum regularly put on free exhibitions. A family visit could inspire your child to develop a passion for the sciences.

Encourage your child to watch related television programmes: e.g. Brainiac and documentaries. These are advertised in the science department on a regular basis.

Year 8

When pupils are going through topics from their lessons at home, they can visit main Science websites for KS3:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science/

http://www.scibermonkey.org/

Before main summative assessments, pupils will be given a revision checklist. You can go through these with your child before the test to ensure they understand all the content they will be tested on.

The Science Museum and Natural History Museum regularly put on free exhibitions. A family visit could inspire your child to develop a passion for the sciences.

Encourage your child to watch related television programmes: e.g. Brainiac and documentaries. These are advertised in the science department on a regular basis.

Year 9

When pupils are going through topics from their lessons at home, they can visit main Science websites for KS3:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science/

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=80

Before main summative assessments, pupils will be given a revision checklist. You can go through these with your child before the test to ensure they understand all the content they will be tested on.

The Science Museum and Natural History Museum regularly put on free exhibitions. A family visit could inspire your child to develop a passion for the sciences.

Encourage your child to watch related television programmes: e.g. Brainiac and documentaries. These are advertised in the science department on a regular basis.