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Science - Year 8

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Science for Year 8 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

Topic / Key Concepts
Specific Knowledge
Specific Skills
Biol
Animals and plant cells
Microscopes, microbes and pathogens
Heart structure and function
The effect of drugs
Heart disease.
Recap of microscopes and how they are used. The difference between magnification and resolution. Growing of microorgamisms on agar. Heart dissection, data analysis of drugs data. Daphnia investigation; recap of variables, making observations and drawing conclusions. Making of model stents.
Chem
Particle model, separating mixtures, elements compounds and mixtures. Conservation of mass, chemical formula, physical and chemical changes.
Maths skills, drawing and interpreting particle pictures, understanding chemical formula, melting point boiling point data. Making and recording observations. Recapping and learning the 'language' of Chemistry. 
Phys
Particles
States of matter
Conduction, convection, radiation.
 

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?

 7 mixed ability classes.

6 Science per fortnight

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Students will develop knowledge about a varsity of scientific topics.  The most enthusiastic will apply ideas to all sorts of examples in the ‘real world’

How will students learn at this level?

  • Group work sharing ideas
  • Teacher talk
  • Experimentation, watching practical demonstrations, carrying out practical work individually and in a group.
  • Self-assessment

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

End of topic tests – 2 per subject per year.

Assessed tasks – 2 or 3 per subject per year.

End of year exams

When do key assessments take place?

 1 test before Christmas per subject.  1 before Easter – end of year exam in May/June.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

Encourage students to read around the subject.  Possibly complete extra revision activities on Bitesize/screen etc.  Ensure any missed work is caught up.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

 Various practical equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

 Maths – various calculations

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

 BBC Bitesize – KS3 Science

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

Science Club

Science week activities

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

www.stem.org.uk/careers

www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/careers/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?

  •  Whatever student’s futures maybe, an ability to think scientifically and analyse data will always be useful.
  • Science is a core GCSE for all students

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

  •  Students are encouraged to apply ideas previously learned to new situations.
  • Students are asked to analyse data and draw conclusions.
  • Difficult skills are practised multiple times to help students improve.
  • There are consistently links to be made between topics.

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