KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Science
Term 1Reactions: Metals, Non metals, Acids and Alkalis  
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. An introduction to the properties of metals before considering the principles of reactivity series and displacement reactions. Students will then look at reactions between acids and alkalis including real life applications.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 1Organisms: Movement and Cells  
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated because of equipment and facility requirements. In this unit, students are introduced to cells. They will explore and develop their understanding of animal and plant cells, cell specialisation, cell division and organ systems. Students will also have the opportunity to develop microscopy skills, slide preparation and scientific drawing.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Matter: Particle Model and Separating Techniques 
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. An introduction to the three states of matter and the particle model. Students will be asked to apply this to a number of scientific concepts e.g. diffusion, density pressure and dissolving/solutions. Students will then look at mixtures and the purity of substances (melting and boiling points).
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Earth: Structure and The Universe 
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. Students will look closely at what makes up our planet. They will be asked to show an understanding of the chemical and geological processes that have shaped Earth over time. In addition, the topic covers the study of the universe and the stars.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Genes: Variation and Human Reproduction  
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. Looking at the science behind human reproduction, from fertilisation through to birth and beyond. Students will learn the anatomical structure of the reproductive system.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Energy: Costs and Transfers 
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. The unit explores the relationship between kinetic energy and electrical energy and its application in generating energy for the home.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Waves: Light and Sound 
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. This topic introduces the movement of energy in the form of sound. In addition the topic will also introduce basic properties of light and covers concepts such as reflection and refraction.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Forces: Gravity and Contact Forces 
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. This topic will include speed, velocity and pressure. Students will then be asked to apply this knowledge to real life examples such as speeding cars.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Electromagnets: Voltage, Resistance and Current 
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. Students will look at the conductivity of different materials, the uses of electricity and series and parallel circuits. Students will also be introduced to models that will help explain current, voltage and resistance.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Ecosystems: Interdependence and Plant Reproduction  
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. This topic explores how organisms at different feeding levels interact and feed with a focus on plant organs and plant reproduction to ensure population survival.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Revision, Exam, STEM Project  
Please note that each 'duo' of topics will take place in the relevant half term but may be rotated and therefore not in strict order because of equipment and facility requirements. Up to the end year test will include revision of topics so far. Students will apply key scientific approaches to solve a murder mystery. The unit looks at key analytical techniques required during a forensic investigation. A scientific required to take place following this.
Assessment: There will be an mid term written or practical task that will be peer or self assessed plus an end of term assessment using past exam questions to be completed under exam conditions and assessed by the teacher.Key Words and Terms
 

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