Science

Content

In Years 7 pupils will be studying the basics of science, the topics that underpin the foundation of modern science.  The topic areas include cells, particles, reproduction, elements and compounds, chemical reactions, energy, forces, magnetism, electricity, acid reactions and space.

In Year 8 pupils take the knowledge gained from year 7 and extend it into other areas of science.  The topics areas include the periodic table, staying healthy, heating and cooling, light, sound, metal reactions and rocks.

Assessments

Pupils have a formal assessment on reading or writing built into each unit they study every half term. There are half termly assessments in years 7 and 8..

Homework

It is expected that pupils will complete 30-45 minutes of homework per week. Homework is designed to challenge and stretch understanding.

Useful equipment / resources

A calculator will enable pupils to answer some of the mathematical questions with ease.

CGP publish a KS3 guide that would be useful to pupils in Years 7 and 8.  We sell these for half the normal price.

Websites

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/

General revision and quizzes for the major topics in KS3

http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/keystage3.aspx?id=80

Interactive support and videos in the key areas of KS3

  1. http://www.docbrown.info/

A resource written by a teacher, filled with information and ideas.

How Parents Can Support

Encourage the use of a dictionary and thesaurus to support literacy and extend vocabulary

Encourage your child to read regularly and widely – both fiction and non-fiction texts

Remind your child of the importance of proofreading their work prior to submission to enable them to spot mistakes and errors.

We encourage the use of online resources to enhance subject knowledge. Please remind your child that work submitted should always be their own.

Borrow science related books or magazines such as New Scientist from your local library to encourage a deeper understanding and love for science.