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KS3

SUBJECT Activate Science – Years 7

Overview of course

Students in years 7 and 8 are building their knowledge towards GCSE Science.  The lower school curriculum is designed to tie in to GCSE Science to create a 5 year system of learning, building up knowledge from Year 7 right through to Year 11. 

Our curriculum for Years 7 and 8 gives students a strong basis of general scientific concepts studied in more detail further on in the school.  It includes practical work which will prepare our learners for the core practical work they will meet later on in Science whilst still allowing for the exploration of Science that engages younger learners and enthuses them in the subject.

 

Year 7 Programme of study

Energy:  Looking at different energy types, how we use energy and how we generate energy

Matter: Solids liquids and gases, state changes

Reactions: Identifying what a reaction is, evidence for reactions. Looking at how different materials react.

Electromagnets: Comparing electromagnets to permanent magnets, considering uses or electromagnets

Forces: Stating and describing forces around us and their effects

Genes: What makes us different? Finding out about DNA

Organisms: Physiology of animals and plants

Waves: Different wave types, hearing and vision

 

Skills / Knowledge / Understanding

 

 

Students will be expected to develop their scientific, mathematical and investigative skills in all three subjects during their course of studies. Learn the key facts and equations for each topic of study.

 

 

Methods of assessment / accreditation structure

 

Topics covered have a summary test at the end of each topic which is used to assist with monitoring progress.  The Academy also has 3 larger assessments throughout the year; autumn term, spring term and end of year. 

 

In School Contacts

 

Please speak to your child’s Science Teacher or Mrs E Laxton (Head of Science): elaxton@saa.woodard.co.uk

 

How Parents and Carers can help

 

 

  • Have a conversation with your child about their day include subject specific words from the topic glossary
  • Ensuring homework is fully completed on time to the best of their ability. Students should useclass notes, topic summary maps, and the revision guide can also be used to assist with homework, as well as the online text books (kerboodle) and lesson power points (google classroom)
  • Support the department by ensuring that your child attends any intervention sessions that they are invited to or which is being run for all students. These sessions can really make a difference to student success.

 

Resources, Software and Websites used

 

Educake https://www.educake.co.uk/

Kerboodle  https://www.kerboodle.com

Seneca Learning https://www.senecalearning.com/

BBC Bitesize

 

SUBJECT Activate Science – Year 8

Overview of course

Students in years 7 and 8 are building their knowledge towards GCSE Science.  The lower school curriculum is designed to tie in to GCSE Science to create a 5 year system of learning, building up knowledge from Year 7 right through to Year 11. 

Our curriculum for Year 8 gives students a strong basis of general scientific concepts studied in more detail further on in the school.  It includes practical work which will prepare our learners for the core practical work they will meet later on in Science whilst still allowing for the exploration of Science that engages younger learners and enthuses them in the subject.

Year 8 Programme of study

Energy 2: Heating and cooling with respect to particle movement and energy transfers, calculating work done

Forces 2: Pressure, stress, calculating stretches and moments

Electromagnets 2: Magnets and Electromagnetic Spectrum

Matter 2: Atoms, elements compounds and the periodic table

Reactions 2: Looking at combustion and decomposition and the Law of Conservation of Mass, endothermic and exothermic reactions and how this can be shown in bonds being broken or made

Ecosystem 2: Respiration and Photosynthesis

Organism 2:  Breathing and Digestion

Genes 2: Evolution, Natural selection, Darwin, extinction, Preserving biodiversity

Earth 2: Climate change and the Earths resources

Skills / Knowledge / Understanding

 

 

Students will be expected to develop their scientific, mathematical and investigative skills in all three subjects during their course of studies. Learn the key facts and equations for each topic of study.

 

Methods of assessment / accreditation structure

 

Topics covered have a summary test at the end of each topic which is used to assist with monitoring progress.  The Academy also has 3 larger assessments throughout the year; autumn term, spring term and end of year. 

 

In School Contacts

 

Please speak to your child’s Science Teacher or Mrs E Laxton (Head of Science): elaxton@saa.woodard.co.uk

 

How Parents and Carers can help

 

 

  • Have a conversation with your child about their day include subject specific words from the topic glossary
  • Ensuring homework is fully completed on time to the best of their ability. Students should useclass notes, topic summary maps, and the revision guide can also be used to assist with homework, as well as the online text books (kerboodle) and lesson power points (google classroom)
  • Support the department by ensuring that your child attends any intervention sessions that they are invited to or which is being run for all students. These sessions can really make a difference to student success.

 

Resources, Software and Websites used

 

Educake https://www.educake.co.uk/

Kerboodle  https://www.kerboodle.com

Seneca Learning https://www.senecalearning.com/

Google Classroom with class code contain powerpoints, past examination questions and revision resources

CPG KS3 Science Revision Guide

 

                                   Science:   Year 9 - Overview of course 

Students in years 9 are interleaving their knowledge towards GCSE Science and forming solid foundations towards GCSE.  The lower school curriculum is designed to tie in to GCSE Science to create a 5 year system of learning, building up knowledge from Year 7 right through to Year 11. 

Our curriculum for Year 9 gives students a strong basis of GCSE scientific concepts studied in more detail further on in the school.  It includes practical work which will prepare our learners for the core practical work they will meet later on in Science whilst still allowing for the exploration of Science that engages younger learners and enthuses them in the subject.

Year 9 Programme of study

Organism 3:Cell Structures, What happens in cells, Respiration, Photosynthesis

Forces 3: The Particle model, Changes of State

Matter 3: The particle model, Atomic Structure, Elements, compounds, mixtures, purity and separating substances

Organisms 4: Supplying the cell, The Challenges of size

Forces 4: Motion, Newton’s Law

Matter 4: Bonding, Properties of materials

Skills / Knowledge / Understanding

 

 

Students will be expected to develop their scientific, mathematical and investigative skills in all three subjects during their course of studies. Learn the key facts and equations for each topic of study.

 

Methods of assessment / accreditation structure

 

Topics covered have a summary test at the end of each topic which is used to assist with monitoring progress.  The Academy also has 3 larger assessments throughout the year; autumn term, spring term and end of year. 

 

In School Contacts

 

Please speak to your child’s Science Teacher or Mrs E Laxton (Head of Science): elaxton@saa.woodard.co.uk

 

How Parents and Carers can help

 

 

  • Have a conversation with your child about their day include subject specific words from the topic glossary
  • Use the lesson tick sheet in student books to catch up on any lessons missed using the online text book (kerboodle)
  • Ensuring homework is fully completed on time to the best of their ability. Students should use  class notes, topic summary maps, and the revision guide can also be used to assist with homework, as well as the online text books (kerboodle) and lesson power points (google classroom)
  • Support the department by ensuring that your child attends any intervention sessions that they are invited to or which is being run for all students. These sessions can really make a difference to student success.

 

Resources, Software and Websites used

 

Educake https://www.educake.co.uk/

Kerboodle  https://www.kerboodle.com

Seneca Learning https://www.senecalearning.com/

CPG KS3 Science Revision Guide

GCSE OCR A Gateway Combined Science Revision Guide

 

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