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Science - Year 7

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Science for Year 7 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

Subject Key Concepts                 

#1 DEVELOPMENT OF SCIENTIFIC THINKING 

#2 EXPERIMENTAL SKILLS AND STATEGIES 

#3 SCIENTIFIC VOCABULARY 

BIOLOGY

#1 CELL BIOLOGY    #2 ORGANISATION (ORGANS)    #3 INFECTION AND RESPONSE     #4 BIOENERGETICS 

#5 INHERITANCE, VARIATION AND EVOLUTION    #6 ECOLOGY    #7 BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES 

CHEMISTRY

#1 MATTER    #2 REACTIONS    #3 ENERGY 

#4 QUANTITATIVE     #5 INDIVIDUAL, SOCIAL AND SOCIETY 

PHYSICS

#1 FORCES    #2 ENERGY    #3 ATOMIC STRUCTURE AND RADIOACTIVITY 

 #4 PARTICLE MODEL    #5 SPACE 

Please click here for Subject Key Concepts.

Curriculum Overview for the Autumn Term

Term Topic / Key Concepts
Specific Knowledge
Specific Skills
Autumn Cells, tissues & organs
Characteristics of living things
Human organs & organ systems
The skeleton
Joints
Cells - plant and animal

Basic ideas of chemistry & methods of separation
States of matter
kinetic theory
Diffusion, dissolving, mixtures, filtration & evaporation

Energy
Energy stores
Energy in food and from the Sun
Potential energy
Use of microscopes, making slides of onion cells. Idea of magnification. Biological drawing from microscope slides. Making model of joints.

Useful documents:

Please click here for a PDF of curriculum overview.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Grove if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

Mixed ability and on a rotation

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Make links with previous knowledge acquired.  Enjoy working practically designing investigations.  Confidently carrying out experiments in a lab environment

How will students learn at this level?

  • Group work – sharing ideas/ watching practical demonstrations/practising different skills
  • Teacher Talk
  • Self-assessment
  • Experimentation - trial and error when experimenting with different materials observing your peers

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

  • End of topic tests
  • Assessed tasks and follow-up
  • Book checks
  • Self and peer assessment

When do key assessments take place?

  • Assessed tasks – 2/term
  • Test 1/term
  • No end of year test

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Look over your homework, discuss it with you.
  • Contact your teachers by email if you feel you are struggling.
  • Access to resources (internet/ books) at home.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Calculator and basic stationary

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Maths skill
  • PSHE – Sex Education
  • Technical skills (practical)
  • Safety, Geography links

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

  • BBC bitesize
  • Seneca

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • Science Club
  • EST Club
  • Science week activities

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

www.stem.org.uk/careers

www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/

www.career/stem-careers/

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • Practical application of Science learning in everyday life – e.g. environmental issues PSHE (sex and drugs)
  • Healthy eating and exercise
  • Body development

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  1. Planning and designing investigation
  2. Analysing and evaluating
  3. Self and peer assessment
  4. Repeat practical skills and lab safety regularly
  1. Maths skill
  2. PSHE – Sex Education
  3. Technical skills (practical)
  4. Safety, Geography links

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

  1. Science Club
  2. EST Club
  3. Science week activities
  4. Subject week activities
  1. Exposure to new vocabulary and skills
  2. Exposure to practical opportunities
  3. New scientific concepts
  4. Scientific modelling
  5. Links between ideas and start thinking scientifically
  6. Working objectively
  7. Modifying explanations to take into account new evidence and ideas