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Science

YEAR 7 & YEAR 8 SCIENCE

The study of Science fires students' curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas.

Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Students learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence.

Students also discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of Science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance.

They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

·       Hours per week: 4

·       Subject Code: 7Sc / 8Sc

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Course description

This is an accelerated course broadly based upon the traditional UK National Curriculum, intended to prepare Kellett students to start the IGCSE course one year early in Year 9. Kellett staff designed this course to fit the international context in which we operate, adapted to the needs of our learners and adjusted in terms of content to best prepare Kellett students for the triple Science course that all students will be examined upon in Year 11.  

The Science curriculum is supported by the Scientifica series of resources published by Nelson Thornes. The students complete 12 units of work, four in each discipline over the two years. A strong emphasis is placed on scientific investigation and skills progression. Cross-curricula links are explored throughout the course as well as links between learning in school and the real world. Final assessment of student achievement is carried out at the end of Year 8 using traditional style exam papers.

Science is a subject that is underpinned by a range of 21st Century skills – as such our students have many opportunities during their time with us to develop practical mathematical skills; technological literacies and organisational abilities, in addition to problem solving, critical thinking and group work. 
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Year 7 Units

·       B1 – Cells, Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems

·       B2 – Inheritance and variation in rganisms and their relationships in ecosystems

·       C1 – Particle Theory

·       C2 – Atoms, Elements, Compounds and the Periodic Table

·       P1 – Electric Circuits, Magnets and Electromagnets

·       P2 – Waves

Year 8 Units

·       B3 – Body systems and Health

·       B4 – Cellular Respiration and Plants

·       C3 – Chemical Reactions

·       C4 – Materials, Earth and the Atmosphere

·       P3 – Motion, Forces and Pressure

·       P4 – Energy and Space

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Assessment

Students are assessed on a regular basis in a variety of formats to allow for development of skills in a range of different areas.

In addition to normal formative assessment of student written work and in class, we assess student abilities summatively using:

·       Creative content assessments

·       Skills based practical write-ups

·       Examinations and tests

Targets will be set accordingly to ensure progression throughout each year, as this is an accelerated course our students routinely achieve their end of Year 9 target at the end of Year 8 so one year early. Students are aware of the level criteria in advance of each assessment in order to optimise each students’ achievement.

Science practical skills are broken into four areas:

·       S1 Choosing equipment, Using equipment

·       S2 Making observations, Making measurements, Recording observations/data

·       S3 Describing observations/data Interpreting observations/data Concluding

·       S4 Planning an experiment to answer a science question Evaluating and Improving the experiment