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. Topics include Shipwrecked, Pompeii and Raising Baby. The units are not specific to an area of science. For example in the unit Zoos of the future, pupils will cover a range of topics ranging from adaptations of different animals to solubility.

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 also.

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 Who Dunnit, All the fun of the fair and Under the Sea. The units are not specific to an area of science. For example in the unit Aliens, pupils will cover a range of topics ranging from cellular adaptations forces.

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 Down on the farm, Survivors and Alchemist. There are 6 units and they are not specific to a particular area of science. For example in the unit of Our House pupils will cover a range of topics including circuits and heat transfer,

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.

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.

For each unit, students are levelled using an APP assessment. This is an assessment of a particular skill area. Examples of these include planning a scientific investigation and communication of scientific ideas.

In the course of the year, students will have 3 main summative assessments, the Christmas cross year assessment, the Spring cross year assessment and their end of year exam (which takes place in the Summer Term). Students will be issued with a level from 3 to 6 with these assessments.

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.

For each unit, students are levelled using an APP assessment. This is an assessment of a particular skill area. Examples of these include planning a scientific investigation and communication of scientific ideas.

In the course of the year, students will have 3 main summative assessments, the Year 8 exam (which takes place in December), the Spring cross year assessment and their end of year assessment. Students will be issued with a level from 3 to 7 with these assessments.

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. This will give students guidance on what work they have completed well and targets to improve their work for them to complete independently at home.

For each unit, students are levelled using an APP assessment. This is an assessment of a particular skill area. Examples of these include planning a scientific investigation and communication of scientific ideas.

In the course of the year, students will have 3 main summative assessments, each focused on Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will be issued with a level from 3 to 7 for these assessments.

There will be a final exam in the final term of the academic year covering the content from Science in year 7, 8 and 9. This grade will be used to give the students a final level at the end of KS3. This will be reported to parents in the end of year report.

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 with the Art department. This will last a half term and will be in January.

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 with the Art department. This will last a half term and will be in June.

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.

One example of the projects that students will complete in Year 9 is the design of a ‘green home’. Students will build a model home and have to justify their choice of resources. In this project students will use their scientific knowledge of heat transfer and energy sources to produce their green home. Students will often be given or a checklist to follow in order to help with the completion of their home learning assignments.

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.