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Faculty pledge

We pledge that our faculty will:

  • deliver a curriculum that relates to real-life situations to help you learn and understand that science is everywhere in the world around us.
  • provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about science in the news.
  • develop your practical skills so that you can excel when investigating ideas.
  • enable you to analyse products and modern technologies,
  • nurture your creative flair through product design and creation.

‘The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them’ William Lawrence Bragg (Physicist)

What will students study this term?

Year 7 students: Autumn term

Unit 1 Introductory project
Unit 2 7A. Cells, tissues and organs
Unit 3 7G. Particle Model
Unit 4 7L. Sound

Year 8 students: Autumn term

Unit 1 Introductory project
Unit 2 8A Food and Nutrition
Unit 3 81. Atoms, Elements and compounds
Unit 4 8L. Earth and Space

Year 9 students: Autumn term

Unit 1 Introductory project
Unit 2 B1 Cells
Unit 3 B2 Ecology

What assessment will students do this term?

Assessment of pupils’ work will be completed formatively throughout lessons, utilising teacher marking, peer and self-assessment, as well as through investigative skills and practical investigations. Summative assessments will take place once a term and will take the form of a combined unit test for each of the topics listed above.

What homelearning will be set this term?

Homelearning will be set weekly for years 7-9 and will consist of a variation of the following:

  • Literacy, numeracy, SMSC tasks
  • Investigation write ups
  • Test revision
  • Research
  • Making models
  • Exam style questions
  • Online questions/activities
  • Summary / progress check worksheets

What can we do at home to help with this term’s learning?

For assistance with homelearning, test revision and general catching-up the following sources will be useful:

What extension project can students complete at home on this topic?

  • Optional extra reading will be provided through google classroom especially for higher sets. This reading will consist of interesting articles related to topics being studied and science in the news.
  • Competitions will be run throughout the year to encourage cross-curricular links. For example, poetry competitions and model making.
  • Pupils can attend STEM club on a Wednesday A after school to fulfil their passion for science.

What further reading is recommended to support this area of study?


Recommended youtubers include:

Bill Nye the Science Guy 



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