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Curriculum

The curriculum offer is currently being updated in the light of recent curriculum changes which have taken place in KS3, KS4 and KS5 in all subjects.

 

Year 7 Science Course Summary

 Each half term pupils study one module from each of the three sciences. The topics covered are identical to the topics pupils will encounter at GCSE but at a lower level of difficulty. Pupils have level ladders in their exercise books that map the content of each unit from KS2 up to GCSE. Therefore a high attaining year seven student could encounter GCSE level material if this was appropriate to his ability. Each module is taught over approximately eight lessons.

 

How will the students be assessed?

Students are assessed formally at the end of each half term with a written test. They will receive an overall level, as well as a breakdown of the marks across the three individual modules.

Year 7 Science Course Summary

Half Term Biology Topic Chemistry Topic Physics Topic
1 Cells 1 Particles 1 Force & Motion 1
2 Nutrition 1 Chemical Reactions 1 Energy 1
3 Reproduction Acids and Alkalis 1 Waves 1
4 Interdependence 1 Environmental Chemistry 1 Electricity and Magnetism 1
5 Photosynthesis Acids and Alkalis 1 Matter 1
6 Variation Purity 1 Space 1

 

Year 8 Science Course Summary

 

Each half term pupils study one module from each of the three sciences. The topics covered build on the topics they encountered in year seven. As in year seven, topics are identical to the topics pupils will encounter at GCSE but at a lower level of difficulty. Pupils have level ladders in their exercise books that map the content of each unit from KS2 up to GCSE. Therefore a high attaining year eight student could encounter GCSE level material if this was appropriate to his ability. Each module is taught over approximately eight lessons.

 

How will the students be assessed?

Students are assessed formally at the end of each half term with a written test. They will receive an overall level, as well as a breakdown of the marks across the three individual modules.

 

 

Year 8 Science Course Summary

 

Half Term Biology Topic Chemistry Topic Physics Topic
1 Cells 2 Particles 2 Force & Motion 2
2 Nutrition 2 Chemical Reactions 2 Energy 2
3 Gas Exchange Acids and Alkalis 2 Waves 2
4 Interdependence 2 Environmental Chemistry 2 Electricity and Magnetism 2
5 Respiration Acids and Alkalis 2 Matter 2
6 Genetics Purity 2 Space 2

 

Year 9 Science Course Summary

Science in year 9 is taught as Biology Chemistry and Physics. Each subject is taught in a block by a specialist teacher such that each subject is given the same amount of lesson time. The order in which the subjects are taught will vary in each set, so that each set will have a specialist in that subject. Assessment by examination will take place on three occasions in the year.

In Biology topics covered are: keeping healthy, control in the human body, control in plants, the use and abuse of drugs, interdependence and adaptation, energy and biomass in food-chains, waste materials from plants and animals and genetic variation and control.

In Chemistry topics covered are: fundamental ideas in chemistry, limestone and building materials, metals and their uses, crude oil, changes to the Earth and atmosphere,

In Physics topics covered are: the transfer of energy, efficiency, the generation of electricity and waves