Science

Key Stage 3

Aims of the curriculum

Scientific thinking

  • Using scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and developing them creatively to generate and test theories
  • Critically analysing and evaluating evidence from observations and experiments.

Applications and implications of science

  • Exploring how the creative application of scientific ideas can bring about technological developments and consequent changes in the way people think and behave
  • Examining the ethical and moral implications of using and applying science

Practical and enquiry skills

  • Use a range of scientific methods and techniques to develop and test ideas and explanations
  • Assess risk and work safely in the laboratory, field and workplace
  • Plan and carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups

Critical understanding of evidence

  • Obtain, record and analyse data from a wide range of primary and secondary sources, including ICT sources, and use their findings to provide evidence for scientific explanations
  • Evaluate scientific evidence and working methods

Communication

  • Use appropriate methods, including ICT, to communicate scientific information and contribute to presentations and discussions about scientific issues

Curriculum overview

Year 7

Biology
Cells, and specialised cells.
Osmosis and diffusion
Organs and organ systems
Lungs and breathing
The roles of muscles and skeleton
Reproduction and adolescence
Chemistry
Particles and their behaviours
Elements atoms and compounds
Reactions, equations and energy
Acids and alkalis
Physics
Forces and their effects
Sounds and waves
Light, reflection, refraction and colour
Universe and the solar system

Year 8

Biology
Health and Lifestyle
Ecosystems
Adaptation and inheritance
Chemistry
The periodic table 
Separation techniques
Metals and acids
The Earth – Geology
Physics
Motion and Pressure
Electricity and magnetism
Energy

Progression after Key Stage 3

In Years 9 -11 pupils will study the GCSE in science. All pupils will complete the AQA Combined Trilogy Science, giving them two GCSE’s. Some pupils may opt to undertake the AQA Triple (Separate) Science pathway in Year 10 (and Year 11) if they have met the course entrance criteria at the end of Year 9. Triple Science candidates will attain three GCSEs upon completion.

We offer A levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to pupils who achieve at least a grade 6:6 in combined science and achieve at least a grade 6 in the subject specialism exam they wish to opt to take.

We also offer BTEC Applied Science for pupils who achieve a grade 5 in additional science.

How can you help your child?

Science vocabulary is essential in understanding processes, with many terms being new and appearing complex to younger students. Discussions at home on how things work or news articles can encourage students to be more inquisitive and think more scientifically, whilst learning about the world around them. Students are encouraged to question why and how things happen and evaluate experimental findings. students are given 1 piece of homework a week, either an educake quiz where they answer questions about topics they are currently studying or a paper based skill homework designed to consolidate work they have done in class. Research through the internet or Key Stage 3 bite size is a good way for students to enhance their learning. Revision needs to take place for end of module tests as it forms the basis for the knowledge needed to progress onto Key Stage 4.