Science

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At KRS we Teach Activate Science. Along with all the usual fantastic scientific experiments and investigations, Activate incorporates many online learning resources.

Year 7

Term 1

  • Cells
  • Particles and their behaviour
  • Elements, atoms, and compounds
  • Forces
  • Sound

Term 2

  • Structure and function of body systems
  • Reactions
  • Light

Term 3

  • Reproduction
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Space
  • Revision and end of year test

Homework:

    Learners are set a variety of homework that is designed to reinforce what they have learned in the current teaching topic. These will also encompass other areas of the curriculum, such as supporting Literacy and Numeracy, as well as encouraging independent research and revision.

Assessment:

    At the end of each unit the Learners are guided in their revision and then sit an end of topic assessment which is matched to each students learning pathway at KS3.

How to help:

Year 8

Term 1

  • Health and lifestyle
  • The Periodic Table
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Separation techniques

Term 2

  • Ecosystem processes
  • Metals and acids
  • Energy

Term 3

  • Adaptation and inheritance
  • The Earth
  • Motion and pressure
  • Revision and end of year test

Homework:

    Learners are set a variety of homework that is designed to reinforce what they have learned in the current teaching topic. These will also encompass other areas of the curriculum, such as supporting Literacy and Numeracy, as well as encouraging independent research and revision.

Assessment:

    At the end of each unit the Learners are guided in their revision and then sit an end of topic assessment which is matched to each students learning pathway at KS3.

How to help:

Year 9

Term 1

  • New technology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology

Term 2

  • Turning points in biology
  • Turning points in physics
  • Turning points in chemistry

Term 3

  • Detection
  • Revision and end of KS3 test

Homework:

    Learners are set a variety of homework that is designed to reinforce what they have learned in the current teaching topic. These will also encompass other areas of the curriculum, such as supporting Literacy and Numeracy, as well as encouraging independent research and revision.

Assessment:

    At the end of each unit the Learners are guided in their revision and then sit an end of topic assessment which is matched to each students learning pathway at KS3.
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Year 10

In Year 10 Science we are following the AQA Specification for Trilogy (2 x GCSEs) & Separate Science (3 x GCSEs). Below are the topics we cover over 2 years. The examinations in May 2018 will consist of six exams for both courses.
Biology

1. Cell Biology
2. Photosynthesis
3. Moving & Changing Materials
4. Health Matters
5. Coordination & Control
6. Genetics
7. Variation & Evolution
8. Ecology in Action

Physics

1. Energy
2. Electricity
3. Particle Model of Matter
4. Atomic Structure
5. Forces
6. Waves
7. Electromagnetism
8. Space

Chemistry

1. Atomic Structure & the periodic table
2. Structure, Bonding & the Properties of Matter
3. Chemical Quantities & Calculations
4. Chemical changes
5. Energy changes
6. The rate & extent of chemical change
7. Hydrocarbons
8. Chemical analysis
9. The atmosphere
10. Sustainable Development

Year 11

In Year 11 Science we follow the AQA Specification of Science A (1xGCSE), Additional Science (1xGCSE) & Separate Sciences (3 x GCSEs). This course is ending from June 2017. The examinations for this course are dependent on routes taken. Science A and Additional Science will have 2 exams each at 1hr 30 mins long and each course has a piece of controlled assessment completed during the school year. Separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry & Physics each will have 3 exams and a piece of controlled assessment for each subject.
Homework at GCSE is set using CGP workbooks which we provide the students with. This is usually set every two weeks.
Assessments are set for the end of each unit in each course. These are usually past exam questions based on the learning they have been covering.
We recommend each student commits extra hours on Science outside of school to help build retention and understanding of key concepts. The students are given textbooks to help with this.