Science in Years 7 – 8
The Key Stage 3 Science course is based on the AQA KS3 science syllabus, supported by Dynamic Learning. There are 10 units in each of Years 7 and 8, split into topics as shown below.
Each unit initially focuses on key knowledge from KS2 and develops this into KS3. The topic is then extended to look at applications and context. Practical work and investigations are key to developing practical skills as well as the scientific skills of prediction, planning, collecting of data, analysis, conclusion and evaluation and this is developed through each topic via an enquiry task.. Each lesson provides an opportunity for the student to assess progress in knowledge, understanding and skills.
Each unit (or pair of units) at KS3 is assessed by an end of unit written test. A unit will typically take 4 weeks of class study time. Feedback is given through mixture of Assessment Grades and formative comments on students’ work.
- Ecosystems, Interdependence and Plant reproduction
- Genes, Variation and Human Reproduction;
- Organisms, Movement and Cells
- Acids and Alkalis
- Chemical reactions – metals and non-metals
- Earth Structure and Universe
- Particle Model
- Separating Mixtures
- Voltage, Current and Resistance
- Digestion, Breathing and Respiration
- Evolution and Inheritance
- Plants and Ecology
- Periodic Table and Elements
- Types and Energy in Chemical Reactions
- Climate and Earths Resources
- Heat Transfers
- Forces – Pressure and Work
- Waves – Effects and Properties
- Magnetism and Electromagnets