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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

Science Key Stage 3

 

Curriculum


YEAR 7 - Our first year 7 teaching unit is called 'What is Science?' It introduces pupils to essential scientific skills that are then continually being developed. Some of these skills are working safely, making observations, recording, presenting, researching, analysing, evaluating, etc. It also aims to develop an appreciation of the developing nature of Science and the contribution of people from all backgrounds.

The rest of the KS3 curriculum is delivered using a range of characters that put science into context. Everything we study is related to an 'everyday' situation for our characters. In year 7 the characters are: Bobbi Builder, Charlotte Chef, Doctor Daisy, Alien Al, Explorer Laura and Pirate Paulie.

Every lesson is designed to develop scientific skills whilst learning about scientific content. Investigative work forms a major part of our lessons. Biology, Chemistry and Physics content is combined in each scheme of work.

The other units of work have a balance of Biology, Chemistry and Physics themes which aim to develop pupils’ investigative and analytical skills

 

YEAR 8 - In year 8 we aim to develop essential scientific skills that are needed to be a successful scientist. Some of these skills are working safely, making observations, recording, presenting, researching, analysing, evaluating, etc. We also aim to develop an appreciation of the developing nature of Science and the contribution of people from all backgrounds.

 

YEAR 9 - Key Stage 4 Science is taught in years 9 – 11.

We follow the AQA syllabus for GCSE Science. The current KS4 curriculum has a large emphasis on skills, especially analysis, evaluation and application. Our lessons include a lot of investigative work which encourages learning through activity. Literacy skills are very important to Science and so we carry out a lot of work to develop these as well.

There is a much larger focus on Mathematics in the new GCSE course and students are expected to learn and use equations. (No equation sheet will be given.) In Year 9 we will enhance the Mathematics support we offer.

The new GSCE curriculum starts in Sept 2016. We will start the new course in Yr. 9 to assist in getting ahead. All students are expected to follow at least a combined Science GCSE worth 2GCSE’S. Some students will choose to follow 3 separate sciences’ (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) in Year 10 & 11.

 

Homework

Homework is set twice a week and relates directly to the National Curriculum. Students may be required to write up experiments they have carried out in the lesson, fill in homework sheets, research or revise for tests. Homework is levelled and comments for improvements, or highlighting successes, are included. If homework has not been completed a detention is set by the class teacher. If homework has still not been completed after the detention a letter is sent home.

 

Clubs

A club is run every day in Lab 4