Science

KS3 Science


Introduction

At Wye School, we predominantly follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3. The scheme of learning is arranged into topics which are Biology, Physics or Chemistry based. There is a heavy emphasis on practical work and discovery as well as developing investigative skills. We aim to encourage students to be more curious about the world around them and to ask questions of each other and themselves about how and why things around us work. All students are taught science by specialist teachers with extensive experience of GCSE and A’ level sciences.

We assess our students formally at the end of each termly topic. Students are also assessed against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) throughout the unit. To enrich the learning of our most able students, we challenge them with higher order questions, encourage them to research topics further and introduce concepts from GCSE and outside of the curriculum. For our lower ability pupils, we focus on the key learning objectives using practical work, writing frames, role play and modelling to aid learning.


Year 7

With this year group we look at a range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics including: Cells, Particles, Energy, Reproductions & Variation, Chemical Reactions and Forces & Motion. We ensure that we are developing core skills of using laboratory equipment, planning investigations, recording data, graphing results and evaluating results. The two ILPs for year 7 are: ‘Sustainability and Our Environment’ and ‘Our Solar System and Beyond’.

Parents can support learning by encouraging their children to become more aware of science around them and become familiar with topical issues in the news. Students revise regularly for end of topic tests and are encouraged to use a range of revision techniques to do this. KS3 BBC Bitesize is a useful website for students to practise their skills and enhance their knowledge by using the interactive revision and test yourself sections.


Year 8

In year 8 students continue to learn more about different Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics including: Ecological Relationships & Classification, The Periodic Table, Light & Space, Microbes & Disease, Materials & the Earth, Electricity & Magnetism and Food & Digestion. The core skills of using laboratory equipment, planning investigations, recording data, graphing results and evaluating results are again revisited through the new subject matter. The two ILPs for year 8 are: ‘Food and Digestion’ and ‘Environmental Chemistry’.

Again, parents can support learning by encouraging their children to become more aware of science around them and become familiar with topical issues in the news. Students revise regularly for end of topic tests and are encouraged to use a range of revision techniques to do this. KS3 BBC Bitesize is a useful website for students to practise their skills and enhance their knowledge by using the interactive revision and test yourself sections.


Year 9

In year 9 students continue to learn more about different Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics including: Inheritance & Selection, Reactivity of metals, Energy & Power, Plants for Food, Patterns of Reactivity and Pressure & Moments. The core skills of using laboratory equipment, planning investigations, recording data, graphing results and evaluating results are again revisited through the new subject matter.

In Term 4 the students move on to GCSE units. This gains us more time to be able to have some students following the separate sciences GCSE programme. The first units taught are Cells & Organisation for Biology, Atomic Structure for Chemistry and Particles of Matter for Physics. Homework’s are set in term 5 and 6 on a weekly basis, linking to the GCSE content that the students are learning.

Again, parents can support learning by encouraging their children to become more aware of science around them and become familiar with topical issues in the news. Students revise regularly for end of topic tests and are encouraged to use a range of revision techniques to do this. KS3 BBC Bitesize is a useful website for students to practise their skills and enhance their knowledge by using the interactive revision and test yourself sections. When the students start the GCSE material, they are given a log in for the Kerboodle programme which contains our online textbooks.


For further information about the science curriculum, please contact Miss S Phillips - suzanne.phillips@wyeschool.org.uk

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