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Science KS3 Curriculum

At KS3 all students from Broadoak will follow the Cabot Learning Federation’s (CLF) curriculum. This curriculum has been designed and developed by Heads of Science and Science teachers across the CLF using the national curriculum and the GCSE curriculum as guidance. The curriculum at KS3 seeks to combine key knowledge, investigative skills and understanding of the world around us, while inspiring awe and wonder in the students. It contains aspects of the three main strands of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics and focuses on the key knowledge from each of these disciplines. In Biology cells and interdependence, in Chemistry particles and bonding and in Physics forces and energy. These fundamentals are continuously referred back to and linked to while working on the skills of: planning, evidencing, concluding, calculating, analysing and evaluating, usually carried out through practical investigations. As with the GCSE curriculum there are core practicals throughout the curriculum which are assessed.

At KS3, assessments take place throughout the academic year. The curriculum is split into blocks, containing two or three topics which are then all assessed in a written end of block assessment. These assessments take place in class, are marked by the class teacher. The data from these assessments allows teachers to track progress and focus re-teach and revision. The assessments combine a mix of question types from multiple choice questions to longer, more complex questions requiring longer answers. All questions assess knowledge from the topics covered in the recent block and from previous blocks. The assessments lead to the generation of a DOYA score, this is based on age-related expectations. This score is partially based on the assessment score and also on in class attitudes and contribution. DOYA stands for the following: D=deepening, O=on track, Y= yet to be on track and A=at an earlier stage.

Science KS3 Curriculum:

Year 7 Science Curriculum:

Block 1:

  • Particles and separation techniques à How do scientists carry out investigations?
  • Cells and organisation à What are the building blocks of all life?

Block 2:

  • Atoms, elements and the Periodic Table à What are the building blocks of the universe?
  • Forces à What forces act in the universe?
  • Nutrition and Digestion à How does our body use food?

Block 3:

  • Energy stores and transfers à How do energy changes occur?
  • Microbes and disease à What causes diseases?
  • Reproduction à How human babies are made?

Block 4:

  • Acids and alkalis à How do reactions, and acids and alkalis affect us?
  • Physical and chemical changes à How do particles react in reactions?
  • Magnetism à How do invisible forces act?
  • Electrical circuits à How do electrical devices work?

 

Year 8 Science Curriculum:

Block 1:

  • Types of chemical reactions à How are compounds formed?How are reactions useful?

2)Forces and motion à How do forces act to produce movement?

Block 2:

  • Cellular respiration and gas exchange à How do organisms get energy?
  • Waves à How do we use waves for communication?

Block 3:

  • Evolution à How do organisms evolve?
  • Metals and reactivity à How are metals useful?

Block 4:

  • Photosynthesis à Why are plants so important for life on earth?
  • Relationships in ecosystems à How do organisms depend on each other?
  • Earth and atmosphere à How can we conserve the earth and atmosphere?

 

Year 9 Science Curriculum:

In year 9 the topics are split into the different disciplines in Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology:

  • Key concepts biology
  • Cells and control
  • Genetics
  • Natural selection and evolution

Chemistry:

  • States of matter and mixtures
  • Key concepts in Chemistry: atomic structure, Periodic table and bonding

Physics:

  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Waves