Science

Further details are available below on the Science and Computing curriculum for Key Stage 3.

Overview to curriculum

Our ambitious science curriculum promotes learning for understanding for all students of all abilities and aspirations, so that they can investigate and discuss how the natural and man-made world works and the impact and responsibilities we all have. Purposeful practical work is embedded in our curriculum to provide students with insights into the development of scientific thinking. Through practical work, students become increasingly competent in making sense of new information and observations.

Subjects studied in each year:

Year 7

  • Cells
  • Reproduction
  • Variation
  • Gas exchange
  • Acid reactions
  • Chemical reactions
  • Particle model
  • Elements and compounds
  • Forces – Gravity and speed
  • Electricity and magnetism – Electric circuits and electric fields
  • Energy – Energy transfer and energy resources
  • Waves – Sound and light.

Year 8

  • Organisms
  • Gas Exchange
  • Diet
  • Plant biology
  • Solubility
  • Metal reactions
  • Chemical reactions
  • Atomic structure
  • Forces – Contact forces, pressure.
  • Electricity and magnetism – Magnetism and electromagnets
  • Energy – Work and heating & cooling
  • Waves – Wave effects and wave properties

Year 9

  • Cell biology
  • Transport in cells
  • Circulatory system
  • Transport in plants
  • Chemical reactions
  • Rates of reaction
  • Atomic structure
  • Formation and analysis of ions
  • Energy calculations
  • Energy transfer by heating
  • Energy resources

How it is assessed, during the year and end of year?

Students are regularly assessed including end-of-topic tests throughout the year and an end of year test.

Useful links – please include any useful websites or other information sources

Doddle: https://www.doddlelearn.co.uk/

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p

Education quizzes: https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science/

Computer Science and IT

Overview to curriculum

Our Computer Science and IT curriculum aims to promote a love of learning and a deep understanding of how computing affects our daily lives. Early foundations are laid for students to learn the computational thinking skills which will empower them throughout their learning journey.  These skills are continually developed through engaging project work which challenges learners to think independently in order to solve problems.

Subjects studied in each year:

Year 7

  • Foundation in digital literacy
  • Introduction to computational thinking
  • Flowal
  • Scratch projects
  • Microbit

 

Year 8

  • History of computing
  • Binary mathematics
  • Python programming

 

Year 9

  • Emerging technologies
  • HTML coding
  • Networks
  • Software development lifecycle

How it is assessed, during the year and end of year?

Students are regularly assessed including end-of-topic tests throughout the year. Student work is assessed regularly with formative feedback.

Useful links – please include any useful websites or other information sources

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z34k7ty

Microbit: https://microbit.org/

Scratch: https://scratch.mit.edu/