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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.

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’

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Space
  • Chemical Reactors
  • Practical Skills
  • Data Handling
  • Digestion
  • Sourcing energy

What will students learn at this level?

KS3 – Year 8


  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Reactions and energy changes
  • Acids and alkalis


  • Food and digestion - Food groups, food tests, diet digestion and enzymes
  • Respiration and breathing aerobic respiration respiratory system
  • DNA and inheritance variation, selective breeding, DNA, chromosomes, inheritance, ??? selection


  • Astronomy
  • How things work – density, pressure, fluids and moments
  • Heat – kinetic theory and heat transfer
  • Light – reflection, colour and seeing

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical skills
  • Analytical and evaluative skills
  • Communication skills
  • Health and safety
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving

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?



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?