Science Key Stage 3

Year 7 – From the very beginning of Year 7, science students at Boldon School are introduced to practical science. Within the first few weeks they will engage in lessons on laboratory safety and will use key equipment which include glassware, bunsen burners, microscopes and chemical reagents such as hydrochloric acid. Skills such as planning experiments and collecting results will be built on throughout the year with an additional focus on identifying and understanding scientific variables. These experiments will be conducted during the teaching of topics from all three science disciplines; biology, chemistry and physics. These will follow the activate key stage 3 scheme of learning. Thinking skills will begin to be explored with bespoke lessons taught on cognitive acceleration, students will be asked to reflect on how they learn in science. They will take part in a range of extracurricular activities which will instill a love for the awe and wonder of science into the students and promote science capital. 

 

Year 8 – Year 8 students will continue looking at science in an enquiry based approach. The work carried out in year 7 around designing their own experiments will be taken further by drawing conclusions from findings and results, evaluating the accuracy of their own experiments and advising on the mitigation of hazards and risks during practical science. Topics from the activate key stage 3 scheme of learning will continue to be taught. By this time the students will be encouraged to find links between their knowledge from biology, chemistry and physics and transfer the skills introduced to them in one topic, to the next. Science capital will continue to be promoted with more extracurricular activities now introducing specific career paths and life long skills that will broaden the students options and curiosity going forward. Thinking skills and cognitive learning will also continue and those skills will begin to translate into practical and enquiry based learning.


Year 9 – In science, Year 9 students will be encouraged to explore how best they will retain knowledge and apply the scientific content they will cover leading up to the end of their studies. This will be done through the incorporation of retrieval lessons into the science curriculum at Boldon School. In these retrieval lessons students will be given the opportunity to look back at previous learning using a range of unique techniques which will inform their personal revision for the next 3 years. This year, each student will have 3 science teachers, one for each specialism in science, meaning a focused and comprehensive dive into each one will be delivered. With their biology teacher they will explore key concepts of biology in more detail, among others but particularly, cells and enzymes. Their chemistry teacher will guide them towards more ambitious skills of practical science when they study separating techniques and students will also finally discover the inner workings of the atom. Year 9 students will cover concepts concerning forces, motion and energy in rich and forensic detail with their physics teacher..

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Key Concepts

To open eyes to the awe and wonder of science.

To develop scientific skills and enhance cognitive learning.

To lay the foundations of key concepts of chemistry, biology and physics by carrying out technical science experiments.

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Students will cover scientific skills such as health and safety, identifying variables, understanding of scientific apparatus and the foundations of planning an experiment. 

 

Year 7 will begin with a topic on particles and behaviour where they will learn about changes of state, investigate gas pressure and analyse cooling curves.

 

Students will also begin a series of thinking skills lessons which aim to improve their awareness of their own cognitive learning within science, these lessons will span the duration of the year.

Scientific skills will be revisited and refreshed at the beginning of year 8, diving deeper into the higher order skills such as making conclusions from results and evaluating their own experiments. 

 

Year 8 students will begin to understand the periodic table in more detail so it can be used to aid with exam style chemistry questions, a skill they will require all the way up to year 11 and beyond.

Year 9 will begin by exploring key conceptions in biology, revisiting previous learning on cells, but introducing key theory on enzymes and the body with their biology teacher.

 

Students will draw and analyse distance-time graphs as well ad velocity-time graphs, comparing the two. Motion as a topic will be explored with their physics teacher this half term.

 

This half term, year 9’s chemistry teacher will revisit and expand on separating techniques introduced in year 8.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Year 7 AP1 baseline assessment 
  • Particles and behaviour quality marked task
  • Particles and behaviour end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with skills https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsg6m39 

To help with particles and behaviour https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9r4jxs 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zych6g8

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Year 8 AP1 end of year 7assessment 
  • Skills Quality marked task
  • Periodic table quality marked task
  • Periodic table end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with skills https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsg6m39 

To help with periodic table https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zv9nhcw

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • States of matter and separating techniques quality marked task
  • Motion quality marked task
  • Key concepts in biology quality marked task
  • Year 9 AP1 Chemistry assessment 
  • Year 9 AP1 Physics assessment 
  • Year 9 AP1 Biology assessment 

Useful links: 

To help with motion https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgx78mn 

To help with key concepts in biology https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9gm97h 

To help with states of matter and separating techniques https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3kdcj6

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Year 7 students will begin to investigate the forces that they experience in everyday life through a series of enquiry based experiments which allow the students to examine forces visually and make predictions about how objects will behave in given scenarios.

 

Students will then be introduced to the structure and function of cells in our body, they will use microscopes to prepare their own slides and create biological diagrams of the structures they see magnified 400 times its actual size.

 

Students will gain an understanding of the key definitions of atoms, elements compounds and mixtures and will embed the skill of differentiating between these, this will be invaluable in their further study of topics within chemistry.

Students will be given a broad and varied education on factors which affect human health. They will be able to suggest how a person’s lifestyle is linked to their health and put themselves in the shoes of a GP or dietician by suggesting changes to lifestyle in order to improve health. Students will look at exam style questions and appreciate how the command word used in the question informs them on how to answer.

 

In the middle of the global climate crisis, year 8 will understand energy efficiency and renewable resources. They will be equipped with an understanding of the best way to be energy efficient and the theory behind the conservation of energy.

Command words were introduced to the students already, here students will look specifically at the command words used in the edexcel science exam specification. This will be vital in assessment opportunities as year 9 begins theory on cells and growth with their biology teacher. 

 

Atomic structure and forces and motion will be covered by students chemistry and physics teachers respectfully

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Forces quality marked task
  • Forces end of topic test
  • Cells quality marked task
  • Cells end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with cells https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znyycdm

To help with forces https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z4brd2p 

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Health and lifestyle quality marked task
  • Health and lifestyle end of topic test
  • Energy quality marked task
  • Energy end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with health and lifestyle https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf339j6 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztnnb9q 

To help with energy 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zc3g87h

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • States of matter and separating techniques end of topic test
  • Forces and motion quality marked task
  • Key concepts in biology end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with motion and forces https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgx78mn 

To help with key concepts in biology https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9gm97h  

To help with cells and control https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgyjgdm 

To help with states of matter and separating techniques https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3kdcj6 

To help with atomic structure and the periodic table https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zscrw6f/revision/1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zxmmsrd/revision/1

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Year 7 will be using powerpacks, ray boxes, lenses and colour filters to understand how light behaves over a series of lessons. Their understanding will be cemented when they explain how a rainbow is formed.

 

Students’ analysis of how their body works will continue with the body systems topic, they will be able to explain how they breathe and how they digest with the aid of scientific models. Students will be encouraged to formulate their own models to simplify the observations they make.

Students will further their understanding of states of matter and particle behaviour by demonstrating a series of practical skills which separate substance including filtration, crystallisation, chromatography and distillation. 

 

Year 8 will analyse their physical character traits, be able to identify which traits are genetic and how they have inherited these adapted traits. They will also inspect evidence of human evolution and how species have adapted to survive throughout history.

With their physics teacher, students will begin to recap previous content covered on energy, this time using formulae to complete calculations, practicing the skills or rearranging equations, using formula triangles and substituting values into an equation.

 

Cells and growth will continue will year 9’s biology teacher whilst their chemistry teacher will cover the periodic table in more detail.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Atoms, elements and compounds end of topic test
  • Light quality marked task 
  • Light end of topic test
  • Year 7 AP2 assessment
  • Body systems end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with body systems https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvrrd2p 

To help with light https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zw982hv 

To help with atoms elements and compounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zstp34j

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Separating techniques quality marked task
  • Separating techniques end of topic test
  • Adaptations and inheritance quality marked task
  • Adaptations and inheritance end of topic test
  • Year 8 AP3 assessment

Useful links: 

To help with adaptations and inheritance https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpffr82 

To help with separating techniques https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zych6g8/articles/zfwbvwx

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Year 9 AP2 Chemistry assessment 
  • Year 9 AP2 Physics assessment 
  • Year 9 AP2 Biology assessment 
  • Cells and control quality marked task 
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table quality marked task 
  • Forces and motion end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with motion and forces https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgx78mn 

To help with cells and control https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgyjgdm 

To help with atomic structure and the periodic table https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zscrw6f/revision/1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zxmmsrd/revision/1

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Year 7 will investigate household items over a series of practical lessons with the aim of explaining what acids and alkalis are, how they work and what they are used for. Students who access higher order thinking will be able to suggest effective treatment for various animal stings.

 

Students will continue their understanding of scientific models by critiquing existing models and suggesting improvements in their topic on sound.

Year 8’s continued training on laboratory safety will come in handy during the next topic of acids and metals. Chemical reactions theory will be taken further in this topic focussing on specific reactions. Students will be trained to predict the products and observations of various reactions they carry out.

 

Students will look at the achievement of scientists from diverse backgrounds throughout history, some of these revolutionary discoveries surrounding electricity and magnetism

Year 9’s chemistry teacher will introduce bonding, their previous work on understanding the periodic table and drawing electronic structure will be vital for this topic. 

 

Waves, including sound and light will be expanded on with students physics teacher whist genetics will be expanded on with their biology teacher.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Acids and alkalis quality marked task
  • Acids and alkalis end of topic test
  • Sound quality marked task
  • Sound end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with acids and alkalis https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zn6hvcw 

To help with sound https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zw982hv

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Acids and metals quality marked task
  • Acids and metals end of topic test
  • Electricity and magnetism quality marked task
  • Electricity and magnetism end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with acids and metals https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zypsgk7/articles/z9sptrd 

To help with electricity and magnetism https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgy39j6 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrvbkqt

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Genetics quality marked task
  • Bonding quality marked task
  • Energy end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with energy https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsd9b82 

To help with genetics https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyh9fcw 

To help with bonding https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zcj78mn

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Year 7 will study reproduction from a scientific perspective, understanding how a single cell can become a baby.

 

A variety of chemical reactions will be shown to students and they will be equipped with not only the ability to spot when a chemical reaction is taking place but also to compare and contrast different kinds of chemical.

Apart from the obvious, why is it not a good idea for a camel to wear high heels? Year 8 will be given the foundations of providing a complete scientific answer to this question in the motion and pressure topic that will be covered. Students will practice the skill of gathering information from graphs and results tables during this topic.

 

This term, students will also explore ecosystems from places around the world such as the Amazon Jungle, the North Pole, the Sahara Desert and Boldon Colliery.

Acids and alkalis, Genetics and waves will continue to be expanded on with all three science teachers. A focus this term will be on higher order thinking, practicing exam questions with different command words, gathering data from tables and graphs and applying knowledge to new situations.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Reproduction quality marked task
  • Reproduction end of topic test
  • Year 7 AP3 assessment

Useful links:

To help with reproduction https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zybbkqt 

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Motion and pressure quality marked task
  • Motion and pressure end of topic test
  • Ecosystems quality marked task
  • Ecosystems end of topic test
  • Year 8 AP3 assessment

Useful links: 

To help with ecosystems 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxhhvcw 

To help with motion and pressure https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkr4jxs

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Year 9 AP3 Chemistry assessment 
  • Year 9 AP3 Physics assessment 
  • Year 9 AP3 Biology assessment 

Useful links: 

To help with energy https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsd9b82  

To help with genetics https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyh9fcw 

To help with bonding https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zcj78mn 

To help with acids and alkalis https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z8jt4qt/revision/1

Summer Term

(May-July)

An appreciation and understanding of the depths of space will be explored. Students will look back in time at the scientific breakthroughs scientists from all around the world have had on the journey beyond earth.

Students will finish year 8 studying the earth, they will continue their understanding of scientific modelling by modeling the rock cycle using chocolate in the laboratory.

Year 9 will continue to practice using chemical calculations in preparation for their GCSE mocks in year 10. They will be covering the topics of energy and forces which bridge between key stage 3 and 4. Finally year 9 will do the same with expanding on inheritance and natural selection.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Chemical reactions quality marked task
  • Chemical reactions end of topic test
  • Space quality marked task
  • Space end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with space https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z8c9q6f 

To help with chemical reactions https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zypsgk7

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • The earth quality marked task
  • The earth end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with the earth

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3fv4wx

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Acids and alkalis end of topic test
  • Genetics end of topic test 
  • Forces and energy end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with forces and energy https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9hxjty

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgmqk2p 

To help with genetics https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyh9fcw 

To help with inheritance and natural selection https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpmgh39 

To help with acids and alkalis https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z8jt4qt/revision/1 

To help with calculations https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z2ty97h/revision/1


Year 7

Key Concepts

To open eyes to the awe and wonder of science.

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Students will cover scientific skills such as health and safety, identifying variables, understanding of scientific apparatus and the foundations of planning an experiment. 

 

Year 7 will begin with a topic on particles and behaviour where they will learn about changes of state, investigate gas pressure and analyse cooling curves.

 

Students will also begin a series of thinking skills lessons which aim to improve their awareness of their own cognitive learning within science, these lessons will span the duration of the year.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Year 7 AP1 baseline assessment 
  • Particles and behaviour quality marked task
  • Particles and behaviour end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with skills https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsg6m39 

To help with particles and behaviour https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9r4jxs 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zych6g8

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Year 7 students will begin to investigate the forces that they experience in everyday life through a series of enquiry based experiments which allow the students to examine forces visually and make predictions about how objects will behave in given scenarios.

 

Students will then be introduced to the structure and function of cells in our body, they will use microscopes to prepare their own slides and create biological diagrams of the structures they see magnified 400 times its actual size.

 

Students will gain an understanding of the key definitions of atoms, elements compounds and mixtures and will embed the skill of differentiating between these, this will be invaluable in their further study of topics within chemistry.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Forces quality marked task
  • Forces end of topic test
  • Cells quality marked task
  • Cells end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with cells https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znyycdm

To help with forces https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z4brd2p 

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Year 7 will be using powerpacks, ray boxes, lenses and colour filters to understand how light behaves over a series of lessons. Their understanding will be cemented when they explain how a rainbow is formed.

 

Students’ analysis of how their body works will continue with the body systems topic, they will be able to explain how they breathe and how they digest with the aid of scientific models. Students will be encouraged to formulate their own models to simplify the observations they make.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Atoms, elements and compounds end of topic test
  • Light quality marked task 
  • Light end of topic test
  • Year 7 AP2 assessment
  • Body systems end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with body systems https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvrrd2p 

To help with light https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zw982hv 

To help with atoms elements and compounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zstp34j

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Year 7 will investigate household items over a series of practical lessons with the aim of explaining what acids and alkalis are, how they work and what they are used for. Students who access higher order thinking will be able to suggest effective treatment for various animal stings.

 

Students will continue their understanding of scientific models by critiquing existing models and suggesting improvements in their topic on sound.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Acids and alkalis quality marked task
  • Acids and alkalis end of topic test
  • Sound quality marked task
  • Sound end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with acids and alkalis https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zn6hvcw 

To help with sound https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zw982hv

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Year 7 will study reproduction from a scientific perspective, understanding how a single cell can become a baby.

 

A variety of chemical reactions will be shown to students and they will be equipped with not only the ability to spot when a chemical reaction is taking place but also to compare and contrast different kinds of chemical.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Reproduction quality marked task
  • Reproduction end of topic test
  • Year 7 AP3 assessment

Useful links:

To help with reproduction https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zybbkqt 

Summer Term

(May-July)

An appreciation and understanding of the depths of space will be explored. Students will look back in time at the scientific breakthroughs scientists from all around the world have had on the journey beyond earth.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Chemical reactions quality marked task
  • Chemical reactions end of topic test
  • Space quality marked task
  • Space end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with space https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z8c9q6f 

To help with chemical reactions https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zypsgk7


Year 8

Key Concepts

To develop scientific skills and enhance cognitive learning.

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Scientific skills will be revisited and refreshed at the beginning of year 8, diving deeper into the higher order skills such as making conclusions from results and evaluating their own experiments. 

 

Year 8 students will begin to understand the periodic table in more detail so it can be used to aid with exam style chemistry questions, a skill they will require all the way up to year 11 and beyond.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Year 8 AP1 end of year 7assessment 
  • Skills Quality marked task
  • Periodic table quality marked task
  • Periodic table end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with skills https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsg6m39 

To help with periodic table https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zv9nhcw

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Students will be given a broad and varied education on factors which affect human health. They will be able to suggest how a person’s lifestyle is linked to their health and put themselves in the shoes of a GP or dietician by suggesting changes to lifestyle in order to improve health. Students will look at exam style questions and appreciate how the command word used in the question informs them on how to answer.

 

In the middle of the global climate crisis, year 8 will understand energy efficiency and renewable resources. They will be equipped with an understanding of the best way to be energy efficient and the theory behind the conservation of energy.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Health and lifestyle quality marked task
  • Health and lifestyle end of topic test
  • Energy quality marked task
  • Energy end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with health and lifestyle https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf339j6 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztnnb9q 

To help with energy 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zc3g87h

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Students will further their understanding of states of matter and particle behaviour by demonstrating a series of practical skills which separate substance including filtration, crystallisation, chromatography and distillation. 

 

Year 8 will analyse their physical character traits, be able to identify which traits are genetic and how they have inherited these adapted traits. They will also inspect evidence of human evolution and how species have adapted to survive throughout history.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Separating techniques quality marked task
  • Separating techniques end of topic test
  • Adaptations and inheritance quality marked task
  • Adaptations and inheritance end of topic test
  • Year 8 AP3 assessment

Useful links: 

To help with adaptations and inheritance https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpffr82 

To help with separating techniques https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zych6g8/articles/zfwbvwx

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Year 8’s continued training on laboratory safety will come in handy during the next topic of acids and metals. Chemical reactions theory will be taken further in this topic focussing on specific reactions. Students will be trained to predict the products and observations of various reactions they carry out.

 

Students will look at the achievement of scientists from diverse backgrounds throughout history, some of these revolutionary discoveries surrounding electricity and magnetism

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Acids and metals quality marked task
  • Acids and metals end of topic test
  • Electricity and magnetism quality marked task
  • Electricity and magnetism end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with acids and metals https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zypsgk7/articles/z9sptrd 

To help with electricity and magnetism https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgy39j6 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zrvbkqt

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Apart from the obvious, why is it not a good idea for a camel to wear high heels? Year 8 will be given the foundations of providing a complete scientific answer to this question in the motion and pressure topic that will be covered. Students will practice the skill of gathering information from graphs and results tables during this topic.

 

This term, students will also explore ecosystems from places around the world such as the Amazon Jungle, the North Pole, the Sahara Desert and Boldon Colliery.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Motion and pressure quality marked task
  • Motion and pressure end of topic test
  • Ecosystems quality marked task
  • Ecosystems end of topic test
  • Year 8 AP3 assessment

Useful links: 

To help with ecosystems 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxhhvcw 

To help with motion and pressure https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkr4jxs

Summer Term

(May-July)

Students will finish year 8 studying the earth, they will continue their understanding of scientific modelling by modeling the rock cycle using chocolate in the laboratory.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • The earth quality marked task
  • The earth end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with the earth

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3fv4wx


Year 9

Key Concepts

To lay the foundations of key concepts of chemistry, biology and physics by carrying out technical science experiments.

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Year 9 will begin by exploring key conceptions in biology, revisiting previous learning on cells, but introducing key theory on enzymes and the body with their biology teacher.

 

Students will draw and analyse distance-time graphs as well ad velocity-time graphs, comparing the two. Motion as a topic will be explored with their physics teacher this half term.

 

This half term, year 9’s chemistry teacher will revisit and expand on separating techniques introduced in year 8.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • States of matter and separating techniques quality marked task
  • Motion quality marked task
  • Key concepts in biology quality marked task
  • Year 9 AP1 Chemistry assessment 
  • Year 9 AP1 Physics assessment 
  • Year 9 AP1 Biology assessment 

Useful links: 

To help with motion https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgx78mn 

To help with key concepts in biology https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9gm97h 

To help with states of matter and separating techniques https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3kdcj6

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Command words were introduced to the students already, here students will look specifically at the command words used in the edexcel science exam specification. This will be vital in assessment opportunities as year 9 begins theory on cells and growth with their biology teacher. 

 

Atomic structure and forces and motion will be covered by students chemistry and physics teachers respectfully

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • States of matter and separating techniques end of topic test
  • Forces and motion quality marked task
  • Key concepts in biology end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with motion and forces https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgx78mn 

To help with key concepts in biology https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9gm97h  

To help with cells and control https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgyjgdm 

To help with states of matter and separating techniques https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z3kdcj6 

To help with atomic structure and the periodic table https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zscrw6f/revision/1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zxmmsrd/revision/1

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

With their physics teacher, students will begin to recap previous content covered on energy, this time using formulae to complete calculations, practicing the skills or rearranging equations, using formula triangles and substituting values into an equation.

 

Cells and growth will continue will year 9’s biology teacher whilst their chemistry teacher will cover the periodic table in more detail.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Year 9 AP2 Chemistry assessment 
  • Year 9 AP2 Physics assessment 
  • Year 9 AP2 Biology assessment 
  • Cells and control quality marked task 
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table quality marked task 
  • Forces and motion end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with motion and forces https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgx78mn 

To help with cells and control https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgyjgdm 

To help with atomic structure and the periodic table https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zscrw6f/revision/1 https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zxmmsrd/revision/1

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Year 9’s chemistry teacher will introduce bonding, their previous work on understanding the periodic table and drawing electronic structure will be vital for this topic. 

 

Waves, including sound and light will be expanded on with students physics teacher whist genetics will be expanded on with their biology teacher.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Genetics quality marked task
  • Bonding quality marked task
  • Energy end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with energy https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsd9b82 

To help with genetics https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyh9fcw 

To help with bonding https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zcj78mn

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Acids and alkalis, Genetics and waves will continue to be expanded on with all three science teachers. A focus this term will be on higher order thinking, practicing exam questions with different command words, gathering data from tables and graphs and applying knowledge to new situations.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Year 9 AP3 Chemistry assessment 
  • Year 9 AP3 Physics assessment 
  • Year 9 AP3 Biology assessment 

Useful links: 

To help with energy https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zsd9b82  

To help with genetics https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyh9fcw 

To help with bonding https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zcj78mn 

To help with acids and alkalis https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z8jt4qt/revision/1

Summer Term

(May-July)

Year 9 will continue to practice using chemical calculations in preparation for their GCSE mocks in year 10. They will be covering the topics of energy and forces which bridge between key stage 3 and 4. Finally year 9 will do the same with expanding on inheritance and natural selection.

Quality Mark Assessments

Assessment opportunities will include:

  • Acids and alkalis end of topic test
  • Genetics end of topic test 
  • Forces and energy end of topic test

Useful links: 

To help with forces and energy https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/z9hxjty

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgmqk2p 

To help with genetics https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zyh9fcw 

To help with inheritance and natural selection https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpmgh39 

To help with acids and alkalis https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z8jt4qt/revision/1 

To help with calculations https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/z2ty97h/revision/1