Science

“This is one of the most important lessons of the scientific method: if you cannot fail, you cannot learn.” Eric Ries

Assessment objectives in science are skills that cross over all of the different topics that students’ are taught in science. They detail the main skills that each student needs to portray in order to succeed in each topic.

Assessment Objective 1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Scientific ideas
  • Scientific techniques and procedures

Assessment Objective 2: Apply knowledge and understanding of:

  • Scientific ideas
  • Scientific enquiry, techniques and procedures

Assessment Objective 3: Analyse information and ideas to:

  • Interpret and evaluate
  • Make judgements and draw conclusions
  • Develop and improve experimental procedures

Each assessment objective transcends any specific year group and forms 3 significant skills the students’ need to demonstrate in class and assessments to succeed in making outstanding progress.

Each topic test is reflectively reviewed and students use information on the assessment objectives to identify weak areas of knowledge and assessment objective skills.

Students can visit our website (students will need to login with their @swale.at school account in google) to look at revision, recap and application resources in one concise place:

https://sites.google.com/swale.at/tws-science

Director: Mr C Donovan-Bayley chris.donovanbayley@swale.at


Key Stage 3 Science

KS3 in science comprises Years 7 and 8. Pupils experience an introduction to the key concepts of biology, chemistry and physics as well as an introduction to practical work, analysis and scientific thinking.

Each topic is set out to improve recall of key terminology and knowledge, whilst enthusing science curiosity.

Lessons are designed to have a focus on the big questions involved in the chapter and includes an extended writing lesson to use knowledge from the chapter to try and answer the big question.

Each test is set out as follows:

  • Section A - Recall of knowledge learnt over the chapter.
  • Section B - Recall of knowledge previous taught over previous chapters. Section B will become easier as knowledge is constantly being recalled over future topics to build recall ability in the students.

Areas studied in Year 7:

Term 1

Induction and completion of the Bunsen Burner license

Cell level systems:

  • Microscopy
  • Animal cells
  • Plant Cells
  • Bacterial cells
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration

Term 2

Particles:

  • Particle Model
  • Physical changes- Changes of state
  • Chemical changes
  • Structure of the atom- charges and mass
  • Development of the theory of the atom

Matter:

  • The particle model
  • Density
  • Gas pressure
  • Energy and temperature

Term 3

Scaling up

  • Cell specialisation
  • Diffusion
  • Osmosis
  • Gaseous exchange
  • Circulatory system
  • Heart
  • Plant transport system

Elements, compounds and mixtures

  • Periodic table structure
  • Development of the periodic table
  • Properties of metals and non metals
  • Compounds and mixtures
  • polymers
  • Filtration and crystallisation
  • Distillation
  • Chromatography

Term 4

Forces

  • Speed calculation
  • Vectors and scalars
  • Distance-time graphs
  • Free body diagrams
  • Newton’s 1st law
  • Newton’s 2nd law
  • Newton’s 3rd law
  • Hookes law

Organism level systems

  • Basic nervous system
  • Reflexes - arc
  • Enzymes
  • Hormones
  • Homeostasis
  • Reproduction systems- structure
  • Menstrual cycle

Term 5

Chemical reactions

  • Formulae
  • Conservation of mass
  • Chemical equations
  • Detecting gases- gas tests
  • Exothermic and endothermic reactions- reaction profiles higher
  • pH Scale
  • Neutralisation

Electricity and magnetism

  • Static charges
  • Types of circuit
  • Current
  • PD
  • Resistance
  • Magnets- induced versus permanent
  • Magnetic field

Term 6

End of year test based on all taught knowledge from the year.

Space:

  • Solar System
  • Star formation
  • Universe
  • Atmosphere
  • Rocketry