Curriculum: Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Science
Term 1 Organisms: Movement & Cells    
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. In this unit, students are introduced to cells. They will explore and develop their understanding of animal and plant cells, cell specialisation, cell division and organ systems. Students will also have the opportunity to develop microscopy skills, slide preparation and scientific drawing. Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to understand risks, Identify features of an investigation which are hazardous, Determine the nature of the hazard, Suggest the likelihood of that happening, Identify and record key features of an observation and write a scientific description of the observation, using key words.
Assessment: Combined test covering content from topics Organisms: Movement & Cells and Matter: Particle model & Separating materials Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1Matter: Particle model & Separating materials   
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. An introduction to the three states of matter and the particle model. Students will be asked to apply this to a number of scientific concepts e.g. diffusion, density pressure and dissolving/solutions. Students will then look at mixtures and the purity of substances (melting and boiling points). Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to check that the measuring instrument can measure the complete range of the independent variable, use the measuring instrument correctly, Carry out the method carefully and consistently and draw a graph accurately.
Assessment: Combined test covering content from topics Organisms: Movement & Cells and Matter: Particle model & Separating materials Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Earth: Earth Structure & Universe    
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. Students will look closely at what makes up our planet. They will be asked to show an understanding of the chemical and geological processes that have shaped Earth over time. In addition, the topic covers the study of the universe and the stars. Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to Identify the reasoning that links the evidence to the claim, comment on whether the reasoning follows logically from the evidence, explain how believable you think the claim is, by presenting all your evidence and reasoning, understand the role of a theory in science, explain why it sometimes takes a long time for a theory to be changed and explain why argumentation is essential for the development of robust theories.
Assessment: Combined test covering content from topics Earth: Earth Structure & Universe and Reactions: Metals and Non Metals & Acids and Alkalis Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Reaction: Metals and Non Metals & Acids and Alkalis    
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevantterm but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. An introduction to the properties of metals before considering the principles of reactivity series and displacement reactions. Students will then look at reactions between acids and alkalis including real life applications. Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to Identify and record key features of an observation. Write a scientific description of the observation, using key words. Suggest a hypothesis for the observation. Describe what to do if the conclusion does not agree with your prediction.
Assessment: Combined test covering content from topics Earth: Earth Structure & Universe and Reactions: Metals and Non Metals & Acids and Alkalis Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Energy: Energy cost & Energy transfers    
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. The unit explores the relationship between kinetic energy and electrical energy and its application in generating energy for the home. Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to Gather sufficient data for the investigation and repeat if appropriate. Gather data, minimising errors. Identify control variables. Understand the impact of society on interpretation of results. Identify individuals or organisations who may gain or lose money from a new technology. Describe how it would affect each group financially.
Assessment: Combined test covering content from topics Energy: Energy cost & Energy transfers and Waves: Sound and Light Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Genes: Variation & Human Reproduction   
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. Looking at the science behind human reproduction, from fertilisation through to birth and beyond. Students will learn how the genes we carry determine how our body develops. Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to gather sufficient data for the investigation and repeat if appropriate. Present data. Decide the type of chart or graph to draw based on its purpose or type of data. Design a table for data being gathered. Suggest relationships between variables. Calculate a mean from a set of data . Read values from a line graph
Assessment: Combined test reviewing learning from all topics taught so farKey Words and Terms
 
Term 4Waves: Sound & Light   
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. This topic introduces the movement of energy in the form of sound. In addition the topic will also introduce basic properties of light and covers concepts such as reflection and refraction. Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to Understand Hypothesis and predictions. Identify and record key features of an observation. Write a scientific description of the observation, using key words . Decide whether the conclusion of the experiment agrees with your prediction.
Assessment: Combined test covering content from topics Energy: Energy cost & Energy transfers and Waves: Sound & Light Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Forces: speed & gravity   
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. This topic will include speed, velocity and pressure. Students will then be asked to apply this knowledge to real life examples such as speeding cars. Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to Read values from a line graph. Interpret a sloping line on a graph to suggest the relationship between variables. Identify the claim. Comment on whether the claim is clearly stated. Identify all the evidence that is used.
Assessment: Combined test covering content from topics Forces: speed & gravity and Ecosystems: Interdependence & Plant reproduction Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Ecosystems: Interdependence & Plant reproduction   
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. This topic explores how organisms at different feeding levels interact and feed with a focus on plant organs and plant reproduction to ensure population survival. Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to Identify possible consequences to particular habitats. Describe possible consequences to animals dependent on these habitats. Consider the environment. Understand the limitations of science and its impact on the World.
Assessment: Combined test covering content from topics Forces: speed & gravity and Ecosystems: Interdependence & Plant reproduction Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Electromagnet - Voltage Resistance    
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. Students will look at the conductivity of different materials, the uses of electricity and series and parallel circuits.
Assessment: 30 mark examinationKey Words and Terms
 
6Investigation: Salt marsh farm
Pupils should decide on the appropriate type of scientific enquiry to undertake to answer their own questions and develop a deeper understanding of factors to be taken into account when collecting, recording and processing data. They should evaluate their results and identify further questions arising from them. Students will develop their working scientifically skills by being able to Make a conclusion and explain it. Judge whether the conclusion is supported by the data. Explain how in an investigation in which not all variables could be controlled that a conclusion could still be drawn.
Assessment: Assessed on practical skills in lessons.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Revision 
Up to the end year test will include revision of topics so far.
Assessment: End of year examinationKey Words and Terms
 

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