Science is fundamental to life. By studying science children learn to understand everything around them. The depth of knowledge they achieve is outstanding!
Children are naturally curious, and initially science allows them to explore and discover new things and learn the building blocks of scientific concepts.
Children begin to make links between their everyday life and the things they do, with difficult scientific concepts and in studying science this allows them to question why and how.
As they move through the curriculum they learn transferable skills such as practical and theoretical problem solving, analysing data and reaching conclusions alongside creating vast new knowledge about origins, life, living and the future. Science allows children to understand the processes through which people develop knowledge and understanding and begins to assist them in making informed decisions about every aspect of their life.
Science ultimately allows children to realise that what they have transferred to long-term memory whilst studying science can be applied personally to absolutely everything!
In Year 7, 8 & 9 all pupils study an integrated Science course in line with the new national curriculum.
Topics for Year 7
- Chemical reactions
- Forces and motion.
Topics for Year 8
- Ecological relationships
- Atoms elements and compounds
- Materials and the earth
- Light and space.
Topics for Year 9
- Biological systems
- Plants and photosynthesis
- Energetics and rates
Throughout each unit, students are informally assessed as to whether or not they have met specific key progress indicators. Following this, students are formally assessed on the whole topic that they have covered in class using examination style questions. This is done approximately every half term. They are then given an opportunity to reflect on their learning and any misconceptions are addressed, before moving onto the next topic. Furthermore, at the end of the year all of the topics listed above are assessed in the end of year exam.
A substantial piece of homework is set and will be completed once a fortnight. In Years 7, 8 & 9 homework follows the cycle of: a numeracy based homework task, a literacy based homework task and then a specific topic based task. Students will be given 1 week to complete their homework to the best of their ability.