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. These results are combined and reported in the form of a national curriculum sub-level each term. Students are measured against an end of year National Curriculum target. 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: Energy, Chemical Reactions, Cells, Space, Elements and Mixtures and Reproduction. 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: Microbiology, Practical Chemistry, Light and Sound, Food and Digestion, Speed and Rocks. 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 7 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 and extinction, Reactions of metals, Pressure and moments and Patterns of reactivity. 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, students are introduced to the first topics of GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We are studying the AQA Combined Science Trilogy course (worth 2 GCSEs) and separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSEs (3 GCSE). Decisions on which course the students will be entered for will take place in year 10. The Science ILP tasks for terms 4 and 5 will be set by the individual science teacher. Students will get two 30 minute tasks (one from each teacher) which will be consolidation work for what they are studying during the lessons. This will help prepare them for the requirements of GCSE courses.

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. KS4 BBC GCSE Bitesize is a useful website for students to practise their skills and enhance their knowledge by using the interactive revision and test yourself sections. Once textbooks and revision guides have been published for this new specification, I will give details of our recommendations.


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

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