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Science Key Stage 3

Welcome to key stage 3 Science where students learn skills and develop ideas to explain the world around us. 

 In Year 7 and 8, each class completes a variety of topics throughout the year, roughly two per half term on a rota system. Key stage 3 is taught until the middle of year 9, where students get the opportunity to reach their target level. In January of Year 9 students start their KS4 GCSE work.

 

Students are assessed continuously across KS3 using topic tests and level assessed tasks. Each half term contains two written tests and one level assessed task. Together, the marks from the topic tests and level assessed task are combined to give the student a current level.

 

Year 7 Students study 3 key areas of science; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topics are completed on a rota system throughout the year. These topics are:

 

Unit of Work

Summary

Biology: Cells

By the end of this unit students know about classification of living organisms, ecosystems and the relationships between plants and animals.

Biology: Body Systems

In this unit students learn about the formation of different rocks, the effects of weathering and how fossils are formed

Biology: Reproduction

In this unit students learn about cells, tissues and organs and reproduction in plants and animals

Chemistry: Particles

Students learn about solids, liquids and gases and The Particle Theory.

Chemistry: Elements and compounds

This unit covers the topics of different types of energy, renewable and non-renewable electricity, the effects of forces around us and speed.

Chemistry: Reactions

Students study different chemical reactions, combustion, decomposition and learn how to write chemical equations.

Chemistry: Acids and Alkalis

By the end of this unit students know about acids and alkalis and what happens during a chemical reaction.

Physics: Forces

In this unit students learn about balanced and unbalanced forces that influence the motion of objects.

Physics: Sound

In this unit students study waves, vibrations echoes and ultrasounds.

Physics: Light

In this unit the students study the key properties of light, reflection, refraction, colour and the function of the human eye.

Physics: Space

In this unit the students study space, learn information about the solar system and how the Moon’s positioning influences the phases of the moon.

Year 8 Students study 3 key areas of science; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The topics are completed on a rota system throughout the year. These topics are:

Unit of Work

Summary

Biology: Heath and lifestyle

By the end of this unit students will have learnt about the relationship between our bodies and a healthy lifestyle

Biology: Ecosystem processes

In this unit students learn about the importance of plant and animal life in the environment

Biology: Adaption and inheritance

In this unit students learn about how animals and plants have changed due to environmental and evolutionary conditions

Chemistry: The periodic Table

Students learn about organisation of the periodic table

Chemistry: Separation techniques

This unit covers the different methods of separating solids and liquids using numerous practicals

Chemistry: Metals and acids

Students study different chemical reactions involving metals

Chemistry: The Earth

By the end of this unit students know about how the earth was formed, different rocks and the environmental impact of current life.

Physics: Electricity and Magnetism

In this unit students learn about how electricity works within everyday life using practicals for hands on experience

Physics: Energy

In this unit students study the concept of transfer of energy

Physics: Motion and pressure

In this unit the students study key principles of the laws of physics.

 

Year 9 Students continue to study 3 key areas of science; Biology, Chemistry and Physics focusing on developing skills needed for the start of the GCSE course in January. These topics are:

Unit of Work

Summary

Biology: New Technology

By the end of this unit students will have gained an understanding of how biology is used currently.  Pupils will investigate genetics and biotechnology

Chemistry: New Technology

Students will learn how new technology in chemistry has changed the materials that we use.  There will be a focus on nanotechnology and investigation of the impact of fuels.

Physics: New Technology

In this unit students learn about how physics relates to everyday life.  Pupils will discuss efficiency of our homes, how new technology has changed sports and medicine

 

Science Key Stage 4

Science matters. That’s why we’ve built the most inclusive GCSE (9–1) courses, so every

student can enjoy science and succeed in their studies.

In January of Year 9 pupils will begin their Key Stage 4 Science course. During science lessons in Key Stage 4, students cover content in all three Science discipline areas. Students learn in a variety of ways including debate, practical investigations, presentations and role play. The Science qualifications on offer at Blackfen School for Girls enable students to engage with Science and understand scientific issues that affect society.  

 

The Edexcel GCSE course will give students a qualification which is graded 9 (being the highest) to 1 (being the lowest).

Qualification type: GCSE    

Specification title: Combined Science (1SC0), Biology (1BI0), Chemistry (1CH0), Physics (1PH0)

Exam board: Edexcel   Course type: Full Course  

Website: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html#tab-0

 

Present Year 9 Topic List

 

Year 9

Year 10

Y11

Autumn Term 1

 

 

 

Completing KS3 Science Content

 

 

Biology

B1- Overarching Concepts in Biology

B9 – Ecosystems and material cycles

Chemistry

C1&2 – States of Matter and Methods of Separating and Purifying Substances

C3&4 – Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table

Physics

P1&2 Motion and Forces

P3 – Conservation of Energy

 

Biology

B2 – Cells and Control

B3 - Genetics

B4 – Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

B5 – Health and Disease

Chemistry

C5, 6 & 7 – Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substances

C8 – Acids

C9 - Calculations involving masses

C10, 11 & 12 - Electrolytic Processes, Obtaining and Using Metals & Reversible reactions and equilibrium

Physics

P4&5 – Waves and Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

P6- Radioactivity

Biology

B6 – Photosynthesis

B7 – Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

B8 – Exchange and Transport in Animals

Chemistry

C13, 14 & 15 – Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reactions, Heat Changes in Chemical Reactions

C16 & 17 – Fules, Earth and Atmospheric Science

Physics

P7 & P8 Energy – Forces Doing Work and Forces and Their Effects

P9 – Electricity and Circuits

P10 & P11 – Magnetism and the Motor Effect & EM Induction

P12 & 13 – Particle Model, Forces and Matter

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

 

Present Year 10 Topic List

 

Year 10

Y11

Autum Term 1

Biology

B2 – Cells and Control

B3 - Genetics

B4 – Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

B5 – Health and Disease

B6 – Photosynthesis

Chemistry

C4 – The Periodic Table

C5, 6 & 7 – Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substances

C8 – Acids

C9 - Calculations involving masses

C10, 11 & 12 - Electrolytic Processes, Obtaining and Using Metals & Reversible reactions and equilibrium

Physics

P2 – Forces and Motion

P4&5 – Waves and Light and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

P6- Radioactivity

Biology

B7 – Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

B8 – Exchange and Transport in Animals

B9 – Ecosystems and Material Cycles

Chemistry

C13, 14 & 15 – Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reactions, Heat Changes in Chemical Reactions

C16 & 17 – Fules, Earth and Atmospheric Science

Physics

P7 & P8 Energy – Forces Doing Work and Forces and Their Effects

P9 – Electricity and Circuits

P10 & P11 – Magnetism and the Motor Effect & EM Induction

P12 & 13 – Particle Model, Forces and Matter

Autum Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

 

Present Year 11 Topic List

 

Y11

Autumn Term 1

Biology

B7 – Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

B8 – Exchange and Transport in Animals

B9 – Ecosystems and Material Cycles

Chemistry

C5, 6 & 7 – Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substances

C8 – Acids

C9 - Calculations involving masses

C13, 14 & 15 – Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reactions, Heat Changes in Chemical Reactions

C16 & 17 – Fules, Earth and Atmospheric Science

Physics

P7 & P8 Energy – Forces Doing Work and Forces and Their Effects

P9 – Electricity and Circuits

P10 & P11 – Magnetism and the Motor Effect & EM Induction

P12 & 13 – Particle Model, Forces and Matter

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

 

Triple Science Year 10 Topic List

 

Y10

 

 

Autumn Term 1

Biology

B1- Overarching Concepts in Biology

B2 – Cells and Control

B3 – Genetics

B4 – Natural Selection and Genetic Modification

B5 – Health and Disease

 

 

Chemistry

C5, 6 & 7 – Ionic Bonding, Covalent Bonding and Types of Substances

C8 – Acids

C9 - Calculations involving masses

C10, 11 & 12 - Electrolytic Processes, Obtaining and Using Metals & Reversible reactions and equilibrium

C13, 14 & 15 – Groups in the Periodic Table, Rates of Reactions, Heat Changes in Chemical Reactions

C16 & 17 – Fules, Earth and Atmospheric Science

Physics

P1 – Motion

 

P2 – Motion and Forces

 

P3 – Conservation of Energy

 

P4 – Waves

 

P5 – Light and the EM Spectrum

 

P6 - Radioactivity

 

P10 & SP11 – Electricity and Circuits & Static Electricity

 

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2

 

Year 11 Triple Science Topic List

 

Y11

 

 

Autumn Term 1

Biology

B7 – Animal Coordination, Control and Homeostasis

B8 – Exchange and Transport in Animals

B9 – Ecosystems and Material Cycles

 

 

Chemistry

C17 – Groups in the Periodic Table

C18 – Rates of Reaction

SC19 – Heat Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions

C20 – Fuels

C21 – Earth and Atmospheric Science

C22 – Hydrocarbons

SC23 – Alcohols and Carboxylic Acids

SC24 – Polymers

SC25 – Qualitative Analysis: Tests for Ions

SC26 - Bulk and Surface Properties of Matter Including Nanoparticles

 

Physics

P7- Astronomy

P8 – Energy – Forces doing Work

P9 – Forces and their Effects

P12 & SP13 – Magnetism and the Motor Effect

P14 & SP15 – The Particle Model & Forces and Matter

Autumn Term 2

Spring Term 1

Spring Term 2

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 2