A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Key Stage 3 pupils have 3 hours of science per week. Pupils work through Science Progress 1 and 2, published by Hodder. This course covers the new science curriculum and introduces a variety of different contexts. Pupils will start by training to be a scientist and begin developing the skills needed to investigate scientific ideas.
In year 7 students will cover the big ideas of science including: Reproduction, Particles,Variation & Classification, Adaptations & Environment, Pure and Impure Substance, Energy Transfers, Acids & Alkalis, Space and Forces & Effects
In year 8 students will cover more big ideas of science including: Breathing & Respiration, Digestion, Movement, Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions, Earth, Electricity, Magnetism and Heat transfer.
In year 9 students begin to prepare for their GCSE science courses.