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Science at Blackfriars Academy

In Science, we follow the national curriculum for Key Stage 3 and a variety of Key Stage 4 specifications to include Entry Level and GCSE.

Year 7 science lessons can change a lot as children start working in labs like proper little scientists. Here’s an insight into what they’ll learn In KS3 science.

sci 03Key Stage 3: The syllabus includes chemistry, physics and biology and is designed to build on the topics the children studied at primary school. Children will be working with familiar subjects, but the curriculum will be adapted to the needs of the children. They will be working in a laboratory, carrying out experiments and recording and analysing their results. This will help the children to develop particular areas of scientific learning:

  • Practical and enquiry skills
  • Understanding of evidence
  • Communication

Science is taught in small groups, and wherever possible it is hands on. Whatever disability your child has, he or she will be aided to access the experimental side of science.

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The curriculum is generally not taught in a set order as the science curriculum covers the whole of KS3 so this year your child could be studying one or more of the following topics:

Energy, electricity and forces

  • Energy Changes and Transfers
  • Energy Systems
  • Describing Motion
  • Forces
  • Pressure in Liquids
  • Balanced Forces
  • Forces and Motion
  • What do Waves do?
  • Sound and Light
  • Energy and Waves
  • Current and Static Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Physical and Chemical Changes
  • The Particle Model
  • Energy and Matter
  • Space, the Final Frontier!
  • Chemical and material behaviour

    • Matter is made out of particles
    • Atoms Elements and Compounds
    • Pure and Impure Substances
    • Chemical Reactions
    • Energetics
    • The Periodic Table
      • Reactivity of Metals

        • Making Materials
        • Earth and Atmosphere

        Organisms, behaviour and health

        • Cells and Organisation
        • Skeletal and Muscular System
        • Nutrition and Digestion
        • Gas Exchange Systems for plants and animals.
        • Reproduction in Plants and Animals
        • Drugs and Health
        • Photosynthesis
        • Cellular Respiration
        • Relationships in an Ecosystem
        • Inheritance, Chromosomes, DNA and genes

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Now for Keystage 4 Science!

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At present in Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA Entry Level syllabus in Year 10, followed by GCSE AQA Science in Year 11. At present this is subject to review.

Teaching in the sciences in key stage 4 continues with the process of building upon and deepening understanding of ideas developed in Key Stage 3

Biology

  • Cell Biology
  • Transport systems in the body
  • Health, Disease and Development of Medicines
  • Co-ordination and Control
  • Photosynthesis
  • Ecosystems
  • Evolution, Inheritance and Variation

Chemistry:

  • Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
  • Structure, Bonding and Properties of Matter
  • Chemical Changes
  • Energy Changes in Chemistry
  • Rate and Extent of Chemical Change
  • Chemical Analysis
  • The Chemical Industry
  • Earth and Atmospheric Chemistry

Physics:

  • Energy
  • Forces
  • Forces and Motion
  • Wave motion
  • Electricity
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Structure of Matter
  • Atomic Structure

As well as the topics studied, there is an emphasis on the uses of Science all around us.

We learn about planning and performing experiments, assessing risks, analysing and evaluating our results.

It sounds hard, don’t you think...but we do it as you can see!

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Here we are doing coursework on the strength of plastic carrier bags...

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... measuring

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...setting up,

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...concentrating

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 ...positioning

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... and recording our results.

After a lot of hard work analysing and evaluating, drawing graphs and much gnashing of teeth, we all completed a great piece of coursework.

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Some of us had a great laugh doing it...some of us were a little more serious...

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...just a bit!!

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