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Key Stage 3 Science

We closely follow the national curriculum in KS3 with Years 7 and 8 offering students the opportunity to develop their understanding of particles, cells and energy as well as developing their working scientifically skills.

In Year 9, students begin to cover some of the GCSE content but this again is closely mapped to the Key Stage 3 curriculum to support those students who need time to develop their understanding but also to stretch and challenge those who are now GCSE ready.

The content coverage can appear repetitive but each year builds on and extends understanding on the four main areas of cells, particles, forces and energy.

 

Year 7

Year 8 

Year 9

Content

Introduction to health and safety

Cells

Forces

Particles

Energy and electricity

Reproduction, health and the skeletal system

Pure and impure substances

Gas exchanges systems

Periodic table and reactions

Sound and light

Space

Materials and the Earth

Inheritance

Introduction to the required practicals element of the new GCSE specification.

Further development of cells, atoms, energy and forces through an introductory GCSE module.

Cells and organisation

Particulate nature of matter

   Chemical reactions

Assessment

Baseline assessments on entry to identify gaps in working scientifically skills and attitudes to science.

 

Doddle online assessments in class with our tablets to identify mastered elements.

 

Written assessments throughout the year to inform progress grades.

 

End of year assessments in full written format.

Doddle online assessments in class with our tablets to identify mastered elements.

 

Written assessments throughout the year to inform progress grades.

 

End of year assessments in full written format..

Key assessment on the GCSE introductory unit

 

Doddle online assessments in class with our tablets to identify mastered elements.

 

Written assessments throughout the year to inform progress grades.

 

End of year assessments in full written format.

Enrichment

Science club on Wednesdays in partnership with STEM. Opportunities to develop scientific thinking by designing and building hovercrafts, new for 2017 will be a drone and robotics club.

 

Visits to various mainland locations to foster a love of science and inspire our students to look beyond the opportunities on the Island, the UK or even the world.


Speakers such as BAE Systems

 

Enriching events on curriculum focus days.

What equipment do students need?

  • Pen (black, red and blue - we recommend the 4 colour multi pens) 
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Rubber
  • Scientific calculator (we recommend the Casio fx-85GT model which can be purchased from school for £6 (RRP £12.99)

How can I support my child through KS3 Science?

·         Ensure that they attend everyday

·         Ensure they have the right equipment for lessons, particularly their own calculator

·         Ensure they do their homework which will be posted on “Show My Homework”

·         Speak to your child about successful learning habits, such as the importance of a growth mind set, being determined, resilient, and independent. A passion for striving to achieve a successful outcome, and being willing to try a range of techniques to approach a problem, even if some of these lead to unsuccessful avenues, is vitally important for success in Maths.

·         Visit websites such as Doddle

·         Reading newspapers, magazines and watching relevant TV programmes

How will they be assessed in Key Stage 3 Science?

·         Tests at the end of each module

·         End of year examination

·         Doddle online assessments at home and in school


Key Stage 3 Science Co-ordinators:

Dr C King: CKing@sandownbayacademy.org

Mr P Jerrum: PJerrum@sandownbayacademy.org 

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