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Science

Year 7-9 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 / 9Sc

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Course description

The Science curriculum is supported by the Scientifica series of resources published by Nelson Thornes. The students complete short units of work. A strong emphasis is placed on scientific investigation and skills progression. Cross-curricula links are explored in the course of work as well as links between units and to the real world. Towards the end of Year 9 students start their first units of work for the IGCSE Sciences.

In Year 7, the Biology units are connected to our visit to the rainforests surrounding Mt. Kinabalu in Sabah. In Year 8 students learn about farming and growth of food, to support a visit that may take place to farms around Hong Kong. In Year 9 students participate in the Science Competition, an opportunity to show their scientific knowledge and skills off in a competitive way.
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Year 7 Units

  • Solar System
  • Cells
  • The Particle model
  • Solutions
  • Electrical circuits
  • Magnets and electromagnets
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Simple Chemical Reactions
  • Reproduction
  • Environment and Relationships
  • Variation and Classification
  • Ecology
  • Forces and their effects

Year 8 Units

  • Sound
  • Light
  • Atoms and Elements
  • Compounds and Mixtures
  • Rocks and weathering
  • Microbes and disease
  • Food and digestion
  • Respiration
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Plants and photosynthesis
  • Plants for food
  • Speeding up
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Gravity and space

Year 9 Units

  • Fit and Healthy
  • Inheritance and Selection
  • Reactions of Metals
  • Patterns of reactivity
  • Energy and Electricity
  • Using Chemistry
  • Nature & variety of living organisms
  • Force and Motion
  • Principles of Chemistry

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Assessment

Students will be assessed on a regular basis in a variety of formats to allow for differences in learning styles.

We assess student abilities in:

  • Creative content assessments
  • Skills based practical write-ups
  • Examinations and tests

Targets will be set accordingly to ensure progression throughout the year. Students are aware of the level criteria in advance of each assessment in order to optimise the students’ achievement.

Science skills broken into four areas:

  • C1 Choosing equipment, Using equipment
  • C2 Making observations, Making measurements, Recording observations/data
  • C3 Describing observations/data Interpreting observations/data Concluding
  • C4 Planning an experiment to answer a science question Evaluating and Improving the experiment