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 Key Stage 3 Science at KTS

The courses strike a balance between content, process and problem solving, providing a sound basis for further study in Science; elsewhere or for employment.

 After completing an introductory course covering scientific skills for the first 4 weeks, pupils in Year 7 are taught one of the three separate sciences (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) for a single term before moving on to the next science in the rotation for their class. The course followed has been specially developed by the Science department with reference to the new National Curriculum for Science, as well as using elements of previous courses to stimulate interest. Pupils have six science periods every fortnight by a subject specialist before moving on to the next subject in the rotation at the end of each term. To reflect the importance of the new Working Scientifically skill set in the new national curriculum, students will continue to complete tasks in class and at home that continue to develop and support scientific skills learnt in the introductory course, but in a subject context.

NEW FOR 2016-17- after the completion of the introductory course, students are set compulsory homework tasks every 2 weeks which Working Scientifically homework book and Doddle tasks.

Pupils in Year 8 follow an integrated (or balanced) Science course i.e. equal amounts of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course followed has been specially developed with reference to the new National Curriculum for Science, as well as using elements of previous courses to stimulate interest. Most groups receive instruction from 2 teachers, one teacher covering 2 science subject areas and a second teacher covering one. Thanks to the diverse nature of the skills of our teachers, all classes are delivered by staff that are generally specialists in that particular field. Pupils have six periods of Science every fortnight. 

NEW FOR 2016-17- All year 8’s will be set homework from the Working Scientifically homework book for year 8 according to a schedule laid out by the class teachers.

Course structure 

Biology

Units

Chemistry

Units

Physics

Units

 

Introduction to science

Introduction to science

Introduction to science

Year 7 (September)

Features of life

Organisation of life

Environment

Animal & Plantreproduction Photosynthesis

Particle theory

Physical properties

Physical changes

Separation techniques

Chemical properties

Chemical changes

Energy

Light & Sound (intro)

Electrical circuits

Magnetism

Forces

 

Year 7(Autumn, Spring, Summer)

Balanced diet

Digestion

Digestive system

Atoms & Elements

Conservation of mass

Chemical equations

Gravity & Mass/ Weight

Earth/ Moon

Solar system

Year 8 (Autumn)

Respiration

Respiratory system

Effects of smoking

Types of chemical reaction

Energy changes in reactions

Density/ Pressure

Moments

Heat transfer

Year 8 (Spring)

Variation

Inheritance

Evolution

Combined Year 8 science project (time dependent)

Acids, Alkalis & pH

Reaction of Acids

Combined Year 8 science project (time dependent)

Refraction

Colour/ Vision

Combined Year 8 science project (time dependent)

Year 8 (Summer)