“We learn how to be safe in the science lab and I really like to do practical experiments. My favourite is with the Bunsen Burners” Rosie
In the autumn term students study a topic called “The Apprentice” looking at working safely in a lab and recognising and using laboratory equipment. This is set within the context of learning about the properties of solids, liquids and gases. This is followed by work on using and making electric circuits. In the spring term the topic is “Home Alone”, looking at light, the properties of different materials and healthy eating which includes looking after teeth. The final topic in the summer term is “Green Fingers” looking at plants, including their importance to our diet.
Year 8 & 9
In the Autumn term, students learnt about materials and their properties, electricity, magnetism and forces. They learn how to make series and parallel circuits and investigate how the current varies within a circuit. They examine a range of materials and record their properties. They also sort materials according to their properties or uses. The students carry out some basic experiments to find out and explain why a material is used for a purpose. Students also learn about light, dark and shadows. They look at the effect of gravity on objects and how friction affects movement.
In the Spring term, students learn about our solar system and find out about life in space. They then look at particle theory and are introduced to elements and the Periodic Table. They learn about chemical reactions and look at the nature and uses of metals.
In the Summer term, students learn about animals (including humans). we will continue with our animal topic and will also learn about seasonal changes. This is followed by work on animals and plants in their environment looking at competition, feeding relationships and adaptation. They also study reproduction in animals and humans. They will also learn about inherited characteristics and the process of evolution.
In Year 10 , students build on their year 9 work and begin a programme of study leading to an Entry Level Award and GCSE in Science. The first component, “Inheritance, Evolution and the Environment” includes learning about how animals have adapted to live in their environment and the effect of humans on that, and about inherited characteristics and the process of evolution. They work on the second component ‘Materials from the Earth’ which includes atoms, elements and compounds, properties and uses of limestone, copper, iron and aluminium, and the extraction and uses of oil. The third component is “Energy Transfer and Efficiency” which includes the ways heat is transferred, insulation and the efficiency of appliances.
Students continue to work towards their Entry Level Certificate. They complete Components 4 and 5 and then work on Component 1 “Healthy Living” which includes nutrition, a balanced diet, the importance of exercise and nervous and hormonal control of body systems. They finish with Component 6 “Electricity and waves” including the generation of electricity and its use in the home, the electromagnetic spectrum and the properties of waves and their uses. They demonstrate their investigative skills by carrying out further practical assessments.