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In year 7 science, students continue to build on their scientific knowledge and understanding from key stage 2. They study topics from Biology, Chemistry and Physics and explore the big ideas of science as they progress through the units. Throughout the year, students also begin to develop their scientific skills in practical planning, data collection and analysis and evaluation. This year is fundamental in forming a basis of skills and concepts that students can continue to build on in year 8 and further into GCSE study.
Students begin their study of Biology with cells, the building blocks of life, before moving on to organs and organ systems within the body, then specifically to study how the reproductive system in humans allows for the creation of new life. Throughout these topics there are distinctive opportunities to debate, discuss key ethical issues and develop skills in critically analysing scientific developments.
Chemistry teaching units initially focus on the big idea of atoms as the basis of everything and move into the behaviours of atoms through reactions and how to represent these using word and balanced symbol equations. Students will use first-hand experience of reactions to investigate chemical phenomenon and develop their use of conventions for chemical communication.
Physics encourages students to develop ideas about how the world works around us. Teaching begins with understanding the big idea of how forces act on objects before moving on to how waves behave and finally investigating the wonders of our solar system! There is an emphasis on learning the basics of calculation skills as well as practical investigative techniques.
Overall this year is to build a firm foundation of scientific skills both investigative and in communication. For example, describing, explaining, concluding and evaluating. These skills form the basis for the next 4 years of scientific study at Middleton Technology School.
Year 8 continues to build on the foundations built in year 7 science. The scientific skills of enquiry continue to be honed through the application of the big ideas of science. Students will be encouraged to extend their understanding and begin to link topics and concepts together to explain natural phenomenon.
Biology in year 8 begins with studying the digestive system in more detail, drawing on the big ideas of cells and particles to extend understanding. This then leads on to exploring ecosystems and the bigger links in the world around us and finally into the concepts of variation within ecosystems and how variation is inherited.
Throughout the year in Chemistry topics students will continue to build on their understanding of particles and conventions for communicating about reactions in the topics of separation techniques, the periodic table and reactions of metals. These schemes of work also lead to developing greater competency in the scientific skills required to carry out practical investigations.
In Physics students continue to draw on the big ideas of science through the study of energy, electricity, magnetism and motion and pressure. Students will be encouraged to continue to use numerical and literacy skills to eloquently express their ideas in a scientific context.
Overall this year is an opportunity for students to extend their application of scientific knowledge and skills in new contexts and stimulate more curiosity about how the world around us works.
Year nine science is designed to establish a firm grip on some of the content required for GCSE. Students will all complete work from the KS4 combined science course. At the end of the year some students with a particular gift or passion for science may opt to study the KS4 triple science pathway for years ten and eleven. More information about both of the courses can be found on this page.
KS4 combined science (AQA Trilogy 8464): This course starts in year 9 after and takes them through until the end of year 11. All students who do not chose triple science as an option will take this route. They will be awarded with two GCSE grades which will be an average of the 6 exams they sit (two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics). Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic. Multiple choice, structured, closed short answer, and open response. Students will cover the three sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. The content they will be taught is:
Biology: Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology.
Chemistry: Atomic structure and the periodic table, Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change, Organic Chemistry, Chemical analysis, Chemistry of the atmosphere, Using resources.
Physics: Energy, Electricity, Particle model of matter, Atomic structure, Forces, Waves, Magnetism and electromagnetism.
KS4: Triple Science (AQA Chemistry 8462, Physics 8463, Biology 8461): This course starts in year 9 and takes them through until the end of year 11. Students will be awarded 3 GCSEs in total, one for each Chemistry, Physics and Biology. They will be they sit 6 exams (two Biology, two Chemistry and two Physics).
The content covered is:
Biology: Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and response, Bioenergetics, Homeostasis and response, Inheritance, variation and evolution, Ecology
Biology Set 1
Chemistry Set 1
Physics Set 1
Combined Science Trilogy Set 2 - 4
Resources that follow our schemes of work can be obtained from Oxford University Press at the following links:
KS4 Combined Science
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