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Curriculum

KS3

KEY COURSE INFORMATION
In Science at key stage 3, Year 7 students will study units that focus on cells, particles and forces as we seek to build on student's knowledge and understanding that they have gained at primary school. Year 8 students follow a unit based structure which build upon the knowledge and enthusiasm from year 7.

Year 7
                         Topic           Skills
Autumn 1




 
Particle theory.
Composition of the Earth's atmosphere.
Pollution, its effects and how it can be reduced.
 
  • Draw and label scientific diagrams using a relevant level of knowledge and technique.
  • Correctly draw tables and graphs.
  • Construct simple symbol equation.
  • Identify the trends shown in a graph/interpret the shape of a graph.
Autumn 2




 
Forces.
Energy transfers.
Energy efficiency.


 
  • Select appropriate information to support a scientific answer.
  • Communicate knowledge using scientific terms correctly.
  • Communicate arguments in support of or against different viewpoints.
Spring 1









 
Cells, tissues and organs.
Reproduction.
Inheritance.







 
  • Select appropriate information to support a scientific answer.
  • Communicate how scientific explanations and theories can change over time.
  • Describe a process with an appropriate level of scientific knowledge.
  • Explain the importance of scientists sharing their work.
  • Explain how science is affected by economic, social and cultural factors.
  • Justify opinions using scientific evidence.
Spring 2




 
Periodic Table.
Atoms, elements, compounds & mixtures.
Separation techniques.

 
  • Explain how science is affected by economic, social and cultural factors.
  • Justify opinions using scientific evidence.
  • Explain how a conclusion is based on the scientific evidence which has been collected.
  • Analyse information to form an opinion.
Summer 1



 
Magnets & magnetic fields.
Simple electrical circuits.
The relationship between electrical current and magnetism.
 
  • Describe simple relationships between variables.
  • Draw and label scientific diagrams using relevant level of knowledge and technique.
  • Describe how science can explain everyday phenomena.
Summer 2



 
Photosynthesis.
Habitats and adaptions.
Pyramids of numbers and biomass.

 
  • Draw and label scientific diagrams.
  • Correctly draw tables and graphs.
  • Identify the trends shown in a graph/interpret the shape of a graph.
  • Use data to draw a conclusion.
Year 8
                          Topic            Skills
Autumn 1





 
Diet and nutrition.
Digestion and absorption.
Aerobic respiration.
Anaerobic respiration.


 
  • Perform appropriate calculations using data or information provided.
  • Apply information or data provided to answer a scientific question.
  • Communicate knowledge using scientific terms correctly.
  • Recall appropriate units for scientific measurements.
Autumn 2


 
Periodic Table.
Properties of elements.
Combustion.
Pollution.
  • Describe relationships between variables.
  • Recall definitions of keywords.
  • Write word equations for chemical reactions.
  • Construct simple symbol equations.
Spring 1






 
Reflection and refraction.
The eye.
The Earth and gravity.
Beyond the solar system.



 
  • Identify the trend shown by data presented in a table.
  • Explain how a conclusion is based on the scientific evidence which has been collected.
  • Draw and label scientific diagrams using a relevant level of knowledge and technique.
  • Identify trends shown in a graph/interpret the shape of a graph.
Spring 2





 
Photosynthesis and growth.
Estimating populations.
Fungi and bacteria.
Food chains and carbon cycle.


 
  • Recall theories associated with the big ideas in science.
  • Communicate understanding of scientific concepts clearly in written answers.
  • Correctly plot a line graph.
  • Communicate arguments in support of or against different viewpoints.
Summer 1





 
Corrosion.
Metals and acid reactions.
Structure of the Earth.
Rock types.


 
  • Balance simple symbol equations.
  • Apply information or data provided to answer a scientific question.
  • Identify different views that might be held regarding a given scientific or technological development.
  • Explain how a conclusion is based on the scientific evidence which has been collected.
Summer 2




 
Air resistance.
Calculating density.
Temperature and energy.
Power and efficiency.

 
  • Use simple equations e.g. speed = distance/time.
  • Rearrange simple scientific equations.
  • Choose the appropriate equation and apply it to the scientific context.
  • Communicate the impact of science on groups of people, the environment or technology.