Science

Year 7 Science Explore

Students will access a broad and balanced science curriculum across the three disciplines with a focus on mastery of key scientific fundamentals. This begins in Year 7 where students develop early foundation skills to set them on the road to being curious, literate and well-rounded scientists. A co-ordinated Science course is taught with the aims of introducing our students to basic scientific techniques, safe practices and producing good experimental write-ups as well as excellent academic knowledge.  Students need little encouragement to be tirelessly inquisitive. Asking the right questions is central to the advancement of science.

Year 7 Units of Study:

Bridging topic

Working Scientifically – Learning the names and use of different scientific apparatus and how to carry out and analyse experiments

Biology

  • Cells – plant and animal cell structure, tissues organs and life processes.
  • Reproduction- reproductive organs, pregnancy, birth and puberty, reproduction in plants
  • Ecosystems – variation, adaptations and the environment

Chemistry

  • Particles – particle model, states of matter, diffusion pressure.
  • Elements, Atoms, and Compounds- periodic table basics
  • Acids and Alkalis- PH scale, indicators, uses and hazards
  • Mixtures and Separation- vaporation, filtration and distillation

Physics

  • Forces- different forces, friction, pressure and balancing forces
  • Sound- moving and making sounds, waves.
  • Light- reflection, refraction, cameras and colour

Year 8 Science Explore

Students extend their scientific knowledge and understanding by building on the knowledge gained in Year 7 but also undertaking novel scientific concepts. They also begin to independently apply scientific principles to the world around them. Year 8 builds scientific skills by elevating the investigative skills gained in Year 7 to a higher level. This is done through independent planning of investigations so that safe and scientifically valid procedures can be carried out. In Year 8 students will cover topics which develop their understanding of abstract concepts, whilst also developing their skills as scientists in being able to design and carry out experiments to give valid data. The aim of such investigations is to develop students’ skills of scientific enquiry and encourage them to be world-class problem solvers.

Year 8 Units of Study:

Biology

  • Health and Digestion- diet and the digestive system, food testing
  • Respiration and Gas Exchange – aerobic and anaerobic respiration, lung structure and transport of gases
  • Microbes and Disease- bacteria, protists, fungi and examples of disease

Chemistry

  • Elements and Chemical Reactions- atoms and elements, physical and chemical changes
  • Metals and Acids- reactions of metals with acids and water, properties of metals
  • The Periodic Table – physical and chemical trends

Physics

  • Energy- energy transfers, power and efficiency, temperature changes
  • Electricity- series and parallel circuits, circuit components, current
  • Space – the solar system, seasons, magnetism and gravity