Science KS3 Curriculum

 

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Y7

Introductory unit

Students are taught the basic skills for the key Stage 3 course including Health and safety, measuring, and the planning of experiments, collection of data, presentation and analysis of the data, and the evaluation of the procedure.

Cells

Students learn about the structure and functioning of cells, how organisms are organised. Practical work includes using a microscope.

Energy

Students learn about the different forms of energy and investigate how they are transferred from one form into another

Acids and Alkalis

Students investigate acids and alkalis and learn about their uses

Electrical Circuits

Students investigate electric circuits and learn about the uses of electricity

Reproduction

Students learn about how plants and animals reproduce, both by asexual reproduction and sexual reproduction

Variation and classification

Students learn about how organisms are classified, the featured by which they are classifies and how organisms vary.

Forces and their effect

Students investigate and learn about forces their effects and used in everyday life.

The solar system and beyond

Students learn about the solar system and how we explore our solar system and beyond.

Environment and feeding relationships

Students learn about how organisms interact with their environment and the feeding relationships in food chains and food webs .

Solutions

Students learn about dissolving and the separation of the components of a solution and relate this to particle theory how to distinguish between a 'pure' substance and a mixture and explain solutions in terms of particles

Simple chemical reactions Students are introduced to the idea that chemical change results in new substances that are different from the ones from which they were made. They explore some simple chemical reactions of acids explore burning as a chemical reaction involving a gas, air or oxygen and begin to use word equations as shorthand descriptions of reactions

Particle model

Students learn to describe solids, liquids and gasses in terms of particles

Y8

Introductory unit

Students revisit and further develop the basic skills for the key Stage 3 course including Health and safety, measuring, and the planning of experiments, collection of data, presentation and analysis of the data, and the evaluation of the procedure.

Ecological relationships

Students learn about how organisms are adapted to their environments and how they interact with their environments.

Atoms and elements

Students learn about the structure of the atom and how the structure effects the reactivity of elements

Magnets and electro magnets

Students learn about magnets and how a magnetic field is generated from an electric current.

Microbes and disease

Students learn about different diseases and the microbes that cause them.

Compounds and mixtures

Students learn about how compounds are formed and how mixtures are separated into its component parts

Sound

Students learn about the properties of sound.

Food and digestion

Students learn about different foods and how they can be combined to produce a balanced diet and how food is broken down by digestion so it can be used by the body, for energy, growth and repair

Rocks and weathering

Students learn about rock texture as one of the key characteristics of different rock types, model rock texture. Learn about the processes of weathering, erosion, transportation and sedimentation; relate processes, eg evaporation and dissolving, involved in rock formation to processes observed in other contexts, consider processes operating on different timescale.

The rock cycle

Students learn about how different rocks are formed and the way in which the earth has been formed.

Respiration

how cells are supplied with the materials they need for respiration how cells in animals and plants release energy that the process of respiration is similar in all cells

Ecological relationships

Students study a habitat in detail and learn how

organisms can be identified and sizes of populations compared feeding relationships can be modelled quantitatively

living things within a community influence each other and are affected by the environment

Heating and cooling

Students will learn to recognise the need for a temperature scale Be able to distinguish between heat (as energy) and temperature. Also they will learn about mechanisms of heat transfer: conduction, convection and radiation, explain it in terms of particles.

Y9

GCSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KS3

 

Biology B1

Students learn about

Classification, and how organisms are names, followed by adaptations of organisms to their environment.

Chemistry C1

Students learn about the early atmosphere and how the atmosphere has evolved to today’s atmosphere.

Acids and alkalis, neutralisation and the process of electrolysis.

Physics P1

Students learn about light, reflection, refraction, lenses and telescopes.

The solar system the planets and our place within the universe

 

Biology B1

Students learn about how organism respond to their changing environment, what the problems are of the changing environment and how we are trying to conserve our environments

Chemistry C1

Students learn about acids and their reactions. How metals are extracted from the earth

 

Chemistry C1

Students learn about How metals are used, Fuels their reactions and uses

Physics P1

Students learn about the electro-magnetic spectrum, the properties and uses of the different waves. Finally they learn about the generation and transmission of electricity.

Ecological relationships

Students learn about how organisms are adapted to their environments and how they interact with their environments.

Patterns and reactivity

Students study the periodic table and how the reactivity varies across the periods and groups.

Magnets and electromagnets

Students learn about magnets and how a magnetic field is generated from an electric current.

Inheritance and selection

Students learn about how features and inherited naturally and by artificial selection

Reactions of metals and metal compounds

Students learn about the reactions of metals, the reactivity series and the reactions of different metal compounds.

Pressure and moments

Students learn about how forces exert pressure, and how forces exert turning effects.

Fit and healthy

Students will learn how the human respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems interact to maintain activity about the functions of the skeleton, and about ways in which diet, exercise, smoking and drugs affect health

Using Chemistry

Students find out more about how chemical reactions can be used as an energy source they consider how chemical reactions are used to make new materials

They learn to model chemical reactions as the rearrangement of atoms, and use the model to explain that matter is not lost, they represent chemical reactions by word and/or symbol equations

Speeding up

Students learn to use the concept of speed and understand the relationship between forces (including balanced forces) on an object, and its movement. Students study the effects of water and air resistance on speed, and how streamlining reduces these effects They use ideas of balanced and unbalanced forces to explain the movement of falling objects

Experimental work

Students learn to plan carry out analyse and evaluate experimental investigations

Students start GCSE courses

Biology B1

Students learn about

Classification, and how organisms are names, followed by adaptations of organisms to their environment, how

Chemistry C1

Students learn about the early atmosphere and how the atmosphere has evolved to today’s atmosphere.

Acids and alkalis, neutralisation and the process of electrolysis.

Physics P1

Students learn about light, reflection, refraction, lenses and telescopes.

The solar system the planets and our place within the universe

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