Course Overview

Throughout Years 7 to 9, pupils explore all areas of science by studying a sequence of topics, each about three weeks in length. The aim is to develop a deeper understanding of scientific principles and knowledge in as practical a way as possible, while encouraging the enthusiasm and wonder that pupils bring with them from primary school.

Practical work is recorded in a laboratory book, which remains in school. All other work is recorded in an exercise book, which pupils are expected to bring to every lesson.

All pupils have access to a course textbook called Exploring Science, which they can take home if they want to. The course does not follow every page exactly, but it does serve as a useful extra resource during some lessons and while revising for assessments.

Topics are grouped in threes (usually) and come with a themed “personal study menu” (see below) and an assessment.

 

Year 7

7P/Sc 7R/Sc 7O/Sc 7S/Sc 7I/Sc 7C/Sc 7E/Sc 7F/Sc
Mr Mellings Mr Billington Mrs Callister Miss Wolff Miss Wolff Mr Billington Mrs Callister Mr Mellings

 

Rotation 1 Rotation 2 Rotation 3 Rotation 4
Topics:
Cells
Simple Chemical Reactions
Forces and their Effects
Topics:
Environment and Feeding Relationships
Acids and Alkalis
Energy Resources
Topics:
Reproduction
The Particle Model of Solids, Liquids and Gases
The Solar System
Topics:
Variation an Classification
Electrical Circuits
Assessment week:
18th November 2016
Assessment week:
3rd February 2017
Assessment week:
28th April 2017
Assessment week:
30th June 2017
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Homework menu:
Chinese
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Year 8

8x/Sc1 8x/Sc2 8x/Sc3 8x/Sc4 8y/Sc1 8y/Sc2 8y/Sc3 8y/Sc4
Mrs Drake Mr Downing Mr Mellings Miss Moorhouse Mrs Drake Mr Downing Mr Mellings Dr Riley

 

Rotation 1 Rotation 2 Rotation 3 Rotation 4
Topics:
Food and Digestion
Respiration
Sound and Hearing
Topics:
Solutions
Light
Topics:
Microbes and Disease
Atoms and Elements
Compounds and Mixtures
Topics:
Rocks and Weathering
The Rock Cycle
Heating and Cooling
Assessment week:
11th November 2016
Assessment week:
27th January 2017
Assessment week:
21st April 2017
Assessment week:
23rd June 2017
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Homework menu:
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Homework menu:
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Year 9

9x/Sc1 9x/Sc2 9x/Sc3 9x/Sc4 9y/Sc1 9y/Sc2 9y/Sc3 9y/Sc4
Miss Wolff Dr Burgess Miss Moorhouse Mrs Howard Ms Oliver
Mrs Drake
Mrs Miller Miss Moorhouse Mr Downing

 

End of Key Stage 3 GCSE Topic 1 GCSE Topic 2 GCSE Topic 3
Topics:
Plants
Food webs
Variation
The Skeleton and Muscles
Metals
Reactivity
Fuels
Pressure
Moments
Speed
The Key Stage 3 Science course finishes at the end of the first term of term Year 9. From January, each class begins a taste of the GCSE courses, by completing 20 lessons from each of the biology, chemistry and physics strands of the GCSEs. This allows pupils to hit the ground running in the September of Year 10 (regardless of which GCSE science option they choose).

Where the timetable allows, classes will have a different (specialist) teacher for each of the three topics.

Assessment week:
16th December 2016
Assessment week:
3rd March 2017
Assessment week:
12th May 2017
Assessment week:
7th July 2017
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Home Learning


The Science Department have taken a departure from what would be traditionally called “homework”. For each group of topics, above, there is a “takeaway menu” of tasks that pupils can choose from, for completion outside of lessons. Some of the items on the menus are straightforward and will not take long, others are more involved and feel like mini-projects; these will obviously take longer. Pupils have free choice over how much they attempt, as long as they do something. This allows pupils to follow their own interests and invest more time in the things they find interesting. To reward the pupils who really engage with the menus, there are ‘points’ (based on effort) available for each task and Bronze/Silver/Gold/Platinum certificates when 300/600/1200/1800 points have been reached throughout the year. To achieve a Platinum certificate is very challenging, but all pupils should aim for at least their Silver certificate! In this way, we hope that pupils will see their ‘personal study’ as a rewarding and fulfilling opportunity over which they have control, rather than a chore that they are forced into. As with many things in life, you get out what you put in!

Please note that this format means that “science homework” will rarely be recorded in the weekly planner. However, all pupils always do have a choice of tasks that they are expected to be selecting from – either short tasks weekly or longer tasks spread over two or three weeks, as they choose.

 

KS3 Science Club!


There is a Science Club for pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 during the first half of lunchtime every Wednesday, in C6. Have you been yet?

 

Useful Links


BBC Bitesize Key Stage 3 Science

Scibermonkey

Doc Brown

Museum of Science and Industry

Manchester Museum

Jodrell Bank

Eureka

Magma

Spaceport

Horrible Science books

Exploring Science books