Science

Year 7

 

The Year 7 science curriculum is based on twelve units of work divided up into 4 modules (3 units taught in each module). The units of work are Cells, Matter & the Particle Model, Forces, Reproduction, Physical Changes, Space Physics, Health, Microbes & Drugs, Chemical Reactions, Energy Transfers, Inheritance & Variation, Acids, Alkalis & Neutralisation and Heating  & Cooling. The topics covered within in each unit are derived from the Science National Curriculum Programme of Study.

 

The Year 7 course involves a variety of activities including experimental work and the use of ICT and opportunities for the development of the pupils’ communication and thinking skills. Formative assessment is by the evaluation of level assessed work during each unit of work. Summative assessment is in the form of end of module tests at the end of each module and an End of Year 7 exam.

 

Year 8

 

Year 8 pupils study 12 units of work, derived from the National Curriculum programme of study for science, divided up into 4 modules. The units are The Breathing System, Atomic Structure & the Periodic Table, Sound & Waves, Human Nutrition & digestion, Atoms, Elements & Compounds, Light, Cellular Respiration, Mixtures & Reactions, Electricity & Static Electricity, The Skeletal & Muscular Systems, Earth Science and Magnetism.

 

The Year 8 course involves a variety of activities including experimental work & the use of ICT, opportunities for the development of communication and thinking skills are well developed. Formative assessment is by the evaluation of level assessed work during each unit. Summative assessment is in the form of end of module tests at the end of each module and a Year 8 exam.

 

Year 9

 

Year 9 students study 9 units of work, derived from the National Curriculum programme of study, divided into 3 modules. The units of work are Photosynthesis, Chemical Reactions, Forces & Motion, Relationships in an Ecosystem, Extracting Useful Materials, Pressure, Genetics & Natural Selection, Energy & Fuel and Energy Transfer & energy changes.

 

The Year 9 course involves a variety of activities including experimental work & the use of ICT, opportunities for the development of communication and thinking skills are well developed. Formative assessment is by the evaluation of level assessed work during each unit. Summative assessment is in the form of end of module tests at the end of each module and a Year 9 exam.

 

The most able year 9 students study Separate Sciences and commence GCSE courses in Biology Chemistry and Physics.