Key Stage 3 Science
Students in Year 7 will be taught the Exploring Science course. This is a course that is designed to cover all the aspects of the programme of study as set out in the new National Curriculum. We have chosen to follow the Exploring Science scheme of work as it promotes teaching in the style of the new 'thinking scientifically' approach which allows lessons to be set in a real context both in and out of the classroom. The topics that students cover in Year 7 include: electricity, reproduction, cells, tissues and organs, acids and alkalis, particles, forces, energy and sound. In addition to the teaching of the Exploring Science curriculum students are taught one lesson a fortnight on CASE which is a course designed to develop scientific thinking skills. Studies show a 10% rise in GCSE Science results in schools where the students have been taught CASE at Key Stage 3. Students are assessed in Year 7 through end-of-topic assessments, independent learning tasks and assessed practicals conducted in lesson time.
Students in Year 8 will be taught the topics of food and nutrition, plants, breathing and respiration, periodic table, metals and rocks, fluids, light, energy transfers and space. Students will again follow the new programme of study for Year 8 set out in the National Curriculum and have their lessons taught through the thinking scientifically approach. Students are given an assessed practical to complete in class once a term, as a tool to develop the skills they will need to conduct a scientific investigation in preparation for the coursework tasks that they will face when they reach the GCSE years.
Year 9 continues with the Exploring Science scheme of work and will cover the topics of: genetics and evolution, reactivity, forces and motion, and force fields and electromagnets. In addition to this there is a rigorous programme of revision covering all topics in KS3 as well as extension work to bridge the gap to GCSE level. Students are assessed through end of topic and termly assessments and assessed practicals.
Students are set weekly homework which will consist of either on-line activities via the Exploring Science Activelearn website or paper-based tasks. Students will receive feedback either from self-assessment or peer assessment done in class and through the regular marking of their exercise books.
In Year 9 students are set weekly homework which consists of levelled tasks and questions appropriate to the topic being studied. As they come to the end of Key Stage 3, they will be given work that covers everything they have covered since Year 7.
We have a number of activities each year in our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fortnight. In recent years this has included, 'I am a scientist get me out of here', a 'Weakest Link' Science competition and a Year 8 trip to the Natural History Museum.
Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development
Our aim in Science lessons is to help the students to think in a scientific way and apply that to their lives. We teach students about the ethical implications of science and how research can be done in a responsible and safe way. We give students opportunities to see the wonder of the natural world and the universe that we live in.