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Science - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Science for Year 7 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Grove if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

Mixed ability and on a rotation

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

Make links with previous knowledge acquired.  Enjoy working practically designing investigations.  Confidently carrying out experiments in a lab environment

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Basic lab safety.
  • Correct use of equipment.
  • Fundamentals of Science.
  • Designing simple experiments.

What will students learn at this level?

Sept – Oct ½ term

Intro course – general basic skills etc.

Biology

  • cells and organisation
  • habitats
  • variation
  • reproduction

Chemistry

  • states of matter
  • particle model
  • solutions and separation mixtures
  • atoms and elements

Physics

  • energy
  • light and sound
  • electricity
  • heat
  • forces

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Scientific methodology
  • Problem solving
  • Practical Skills
  • Lab Safety
  • Analytical and evaluation
  • Scientific vocabulary

How will students learn at this level?

  • Group work – sharing ideas/ watching practical demonstrations/practising different skills
  • Teacher Talk
  • Self-assessment
  • Experimentation - trial and error when experimenting with different materials observing your peers

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

  • End of topic tests
  • Assessed tasks and follow-up
  • Book checks
  • Self and peer assessment

When do key assessments take place?

  • Assessed tasks – 2/term
  • Test 1/term
  • No end of year test

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Look over your homework, discuss it with you.
  • Contact your teachers by email if you feel you are struggling.
  • Access to resources (internet/ books) at home.

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Calculator and basic stationary

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Maths skill
  • PSHE – Sex Education
  • Technical skills (practical)
  • Safety, Geography links

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

  • BBC bitesize
  • Seneca

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • Science Club
  • EST Club
  • Science week activities

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

www.stem.org.uk/careers

www.thebigbangfair.co.uk/

www.career/stem-careers/

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

  • Practical application of Science learning in everyday life – e.g. environmental issues PSHE (sex and drugs)
  • Healthy eating and exercise
  • Body development

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

  1. Planning and designing investigation
  2. Analysing and evaluating
  3. Self and peer assessment
  4. Repeat practical skills and lab safety regularly
  1. Maths skill
  2. PSHE – Sex Education
  3. Technical skills (practical)
  4. Safety, Geography links

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

  1. Science Club
  2. EST Club
  3. Science week activities
  4. Subject week activities
  1. Exposure to new vocabulary and skills
  2. Exposure to practical opportunities
  3. New scientific concepts
  4. Scientific modelling
  5. Links between ideas and start thinking scientifically
  6. Working objectively
  7. Modifying explanations to take into account new evidence and ideas