Science at Key Stage 3
In years 7 and 8 pupils will follow a programme of study which was developed by the Science Department to reflect recent proposed changes to the content of the national curriculum for Science.
A key part of this scheme is that it gives us the ability to deliver all of the content required at KS3 over 2 years, rather than 3 years as with traditional courses and develops ‘How Science Works’ skills in preparation for further study.
The following are a selection of the kinds of questions that pupils can expect to discuss during the course of Science lessons in Years 7 and 8:
- What can be done if someone’s internal organs start to fail?
- Why do children tend to look like close family members?
- Is it only car-wheels that are made from alloys?
- What happens when acids attack?!
- Would a cat’s eyes glow in a perfectly dark room?
- How does playing your iPod too loudly through earphones affect your ears?
During year 7 you will cover 10 different topics in Science. Below is a list of the topics and the learning statements you will cover in each topic. To revise each learning statement click on it and it will take you to a website to help you.
Diet and Health
Formula and Equations
During year 8 you will cover 9 different topics in Science. Below is a list of the topics and the learning statements you will cover in each topic. To revise each learning statement click on it and it will take you to a website to help you.
Electricity and Magnetism
Reactions of Metals
Photosynthesis and Respiration
Sound and Hearing
Year 9 follow a programme of study that covers the start of their Level 2 GCSE courses.
The units involved are outlined below:
Centre Assessed Unit
As pupils are studying Level 2 content in year 9 then we do not set independent learning projects (ILPs) at regular intervals. Instead, Y9 will be set smaller, more regular homework tasks within Science at appropriate points throughout the course.
Students will be placed on an appropriate Science examination course at the start of Year 10, based upon their attitude to learning Science and internal assessments throughout Year 9.
For students that consistently perfom to the highest level in Year 9 there is the opportunity to study individual Science GCSE’s (Triple Science).
We encourage students to develop their independent learning skills by practising exam questions from the AQA website and using other revision materials outside of lessons.
If you wish to discuss the various routes available through KS4 Science at The Polesworth School, please contact either Miss A. Harris (Head of Science) or Miss J Robinson (KS3 Science Coordinator) on 01827 702205, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com