KS3 Science

Course Introduction

 

Science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. Through building up a body of key foundation knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

 

All students will…

Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them

Be able to (with scientific knowledge), understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

Student Objectives

Pay attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility

Understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas, together with the importance of publishing results and peer review

Evaluate risks.

Ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience

Make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding

Select, plan and carry out the most appropriate types of scientific enquiries to test predictions, including identifying independent, dependent and control variables, where appropriate

Use appropriate techniques, apparatus, and materials during fieldwork and laboratory work, paying attention to health and safety

Make and record observations and measurements using a range of methods for different investigations; and evaluate the reliability of methods and suggest possible improvements

Apply sampling techniques.

Apply mathematical concepts and calculate results

Present observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables and graphs

Interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations, measurements and data to draw conclusions

Present reasoned explanations, including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses

Evaluate data, showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error

Identify further questions arising from their results.

Understand and use SI units and IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) chemical nomenclature

Use and derive simple equations and carry out appropriate calculations

Undertake basic data analysis including simple statistical techniques.

 

Course Content

 

Year 7

Cells

Solids, Liquids and Gases

Separating mixtures

Environmental and Feeding relationships

Light & Sound

Forces & Space

Food & Digestion

Compounds

Reproduction

 

 

Year 8

Earth & Rock Cycle

Electricity & Magnetism

Breathing, Respiration and Photosynthesis

Reactions of metals and metal compounds

Chemical reactions, Acids & Alkalis

Adaptations & Inheritance

Energy

Forces & Motion

 

Assessment

 

Students will be placed into sets according to their target grades, KS2 data and a setting test. Within these sets they will complete various leveled activities and end of unit assessments throughout the year. Feedback will be given to the students verbally and via the school feedback policy. There will be key assessments at three points of the year to assess long term progress and attainment.

 

What it leads to in KS4

 

KS3 science leads onto GCSE Edexcel Combined Science. This results in students attaining two GCSE qualifications. The qualification is assessed terminally in Year 11 through 6 written examinations, two biology, two physics and two chemistry. They are all 1 hour and 10 minutes in length.