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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: 
– Organisms
– Forces
– Matter
– Waves

Spring Term:
– Genes
– Reactions
– Energy

Summer Term:
– Earth
– Electromagnets
– Ecosystems

Year 8 Curriculum

Autumn Term:
– Organisms
– Ecosystems
– Forces
– Matter

Spring Term:
– Energy
– Electromagnets
– Genes
– Waves
– Earth

Summer Term:
– Reactions
– Ecosystems

Year 9 Curriculum

Autumn Term:
– Cell structure
– Atomic structure
– Conservation and dissipation of energy
– Energy and work done
– Efficiency
– Conduction and thermal conductivity
– Heating and insulation

Spring Term:
– Transport in cells
– The periodic table
– Renewable and non-renewable energy
– Energy and the environment
– Circuits and resistance

Summer Term:
– Organisation
– Energy changes
– Electricity
– States of matter
– Internal energy
– Specific heat capacity
– Gas pressure

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Assessment & Monitoring

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

In Years 7 and 8 your child will be taught Science in their 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 child 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.

To prepare students for the demands of the new GCSE Sciences, 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 child can access support through SAM Learning (details in planner) and at www.bbc.co.uk/education.

Science Department

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