In year 7 students are introduced to fundamental concepts of science such as cells, particles, forces and chemical reactions. They will develop the core skills needed to use scientific equipment confidently and safely within a dedicated laboratory learning environment, having the opportunity to further enthuse their curiosity and passion for the subject with practical investigations.
In Year 7 students will cover the following topics:
- Cells & Organ Systems
- Ecology & Photosynthesis
- Particles and Chemical Changes
- Acids & Alkalis
Throughout Year 8 students will continue to build upon the knowledge that they developed in Year 7 (and at KS2), making connections to the world around them and deepening their understanding. Students will start to explore more conceptual aspects of science as well as identify how concepts learnt in other subjects (such as Mathematics and Geography) can be used within their science studies, along with developing their proficiency in scientific literacy and research.
In Year 8 students will cover the following topics:
- Breathing & Gas Exchange
- Rates of reaction
- Atmosphere, pollution and the rock cycle
- Light & Sound
In Year 9 science students will further develop their independence in both practical and theory work, using more technical and complex equipment, and acquiring the know how needed to become accomplished scientists. Students will begin to explore more complex levels of Mathematics in science and further expand their scientific vocabulary. Upon completing Year 9 students will be fully prepared and equipped with the knowledge and know how needed to success at GCSE.
In Year 9 students will cover the following topics:
- Molecular Chemistry
- Applications of Collision Theory
- Newtonian Mechanics
- Electromagnetic waves
- Transporting Substances