KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Science
Term 1Organisms: Breathing and Digestion 
Pupils will learn about the structure and function of the breathing and digestive systems. They will also investigate the effects of exercise on the rates of breathing and respiration. Pupils will evaluate how well a model represents key features of the digestive system. Pairs of topics will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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 1Reactions: Chemical Energy and Types of Reactions  
Pupils will investigate a phenomenon that relies on an exothermic or endothermic reaction. Investigate changes in mass for chemical and physical processes. There are two topics for each half term. Pairs will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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: Periodic Table and Elements 
Pupils will sort elements using chemical data and relate this to their position in the periodic table. Pupils will compare the properties of elements with the properties of a compound formed from them. There are two topics for each half term. Pairs will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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: Climate and Resources  
Investigate the contribution that natural and human chemical processes make to our carbon dioxide emissions. Predict the method used for extracting metal based on its position in the reactivity series. There are two topics for each half term. Pairs will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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: Inheritance and Evolution  
Model the inheritance of a specific trait and explore the variation in the offspring produced. Review the evidence for theories about how a particular species went extinct. There are two topics for each half term. Pairs will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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: Work, Heating and Cooling 
Pupils will learn to explain how an electric motor raising a weight is doing work. Pupils will investigate how to prevent heat loss by conduction, convection and radiation. There are two topics for each half term. Pairs will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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: Contact Forces and Pressure 
Pupils will name and link different types of forces. They will investigate factors that affect the size of frictional or drag forces. Pupils will investigate how pressure from your foot onto the ground varies with different footwear. Pairs of topics will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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: Effects and Properties 
Pupils learn to describe different waves and relate the impact of different types of waves on living cells to their frequency and the energy carried by the wave. Use the wave model to explain observations of the reflection, absorption and transmission of waves. There are two topics for each half term. Pairs will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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: Respiration and Photosynthesis 
Students will learn to describe, define and explain Respiration and Photosynthesis. They will also use data from investigating fermentation with yeast to explore respiration and use lab tests on variegated leaves to show that chlorophyll is essential for photosynthesis. There are two topics for each half term. Pairs will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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 5Magnets and Electromagnets 
Pupils will explore the magnetic field pattern around different types or combinations of magnets. Investigate ways of varying the strength of an electromagnet. There are two topics for each half term. Pairs will not necessarily be taught in the order that they are listed here - topics may be taught on a rotational basis.
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, Tests and GCSE Transition Tasks   
Pupils will be working towards their end of year exam where they will be tested on everything they have covered in Year 8. They will learn a variety of revision techniques, practice questions and have opportunities to extend their understanding. After exam week pupils will work through project style lessons looking at theories and ideas linked to the AQA GCSE course they will start in September of Year 9.
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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