Science KS3

Throughout KS3 at Weatherhead, the curriculum covers the 3 main Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Numeracy and literacy are key skills in all areas of science and are integral to our programme of study. The Working Scientifically topic is designed to focus on the introduction and application of practical skills, developing confidence in the laboratory and familiarity with both practical equipment and the importance of risk assessment.

Year 7 Curriculum

Autumn Term: 
Introduction to Science
Building Blocks:

  • Topic 1: Particles
  • Topic 2: Cells
  • Topic 3: Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Spring Term: 
Building Blocks:

  • Topic 4: Reproduction

Energy:

  • Topic 1: Energy
  • Topic 2: Chemical Reactions

Summer Term:
Energy:

  • Topic 2: Chemical Reactions
  • Topic 3: Waves

Year 8 Curriculum

Autumn Term: 
Energy:

  • Topic 3: Waves

Keep on Moving

  • Topic 1: Health and Body Systems
  • Topic 2: Forces
  • Topic 3: Motion and Pressure

Spring Term:
Keep on Moving:

  • Topic 3: Motion and Pressure
  • Topic 4: Electricity and Magnetism

Infinity and Beyond:

  • Topic1: Adaptation and Inheritance
  • Topic 2: Earth and Extraction

Summer Term:  
Infinity and Beyond:

  • Topic 2: Earth and Extraction
  • Topic 3: Space
  • Topic Ecosystems

Year 9 Curriculum

Autumn Term:
Biology – Topic 1
Chemistry – Topic 1
Physics – Topic 1

Spring Term:
Biology – Topic 2
Chemistry – Topic 2
Physics – Topic 2

Summer Term:
Practical Skill Development
Review and Assessment
Preparing for Year 10

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Assessment & Monitoring

The skills and content acquired over each year will be assessed through cumulative testing to prepare your daughter for linear assessment and provide an ongoing picture of your daughter’s progress in this subject.

In Years 7 and 8 your daughter will be taught Science in her teaching group. There is a strong emphasis on developing an understanding of ‘Working Scientifically’ through the use of practical activities within a wide range of scientific contexts.   Key skills are regularly assessed in a variety of ways including application of numeracy and data handling, extended writing/literacy tasks, practical investigations and topic tests. The regular use of assessment in Science monitors pupil progress, enabling them to set individual targets for future progression towards their target for Key Stage 3. At the end of each term your daughter will undertake a formal written assessment. The overall progress in Year 8 is used to group students for Science in Year 9 and Year 10.

From 2016-17, to prepare students for the demands of the new GCSE Sciences (for examination in 2018), Year 9 will start GCSE Science from September.  This will be a transition year between KS3 and KS4, introducing key concepts which will then be built on in Years 10 and 11.  Students will sit termly assessments to monitor progress and an end of year examination.  Performance over the whole year will be used to determine route each student will follow for KS4.

Support

Throughout Key Stage 3 targeted intervention sessions are held at lunchtime by class teachers to provide timely and specific support to individuals.

Resources

In preparations for Key Stage 3 examinations, you and your daughter can access support through SAM Learning (details in her planner) and at www.bbc.co.uk/education.

Science Department

Teaching team, support, facilities and extra-curricular opportunities.

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GCSE Separate Sciences

Biology, Chemistry, Physics