Students follow a 2-year programme of study, encouraging an enquiry-based approach to science. Practical investigations are a core feature of the programme and make science exciting and relevant. Units in Years 7 and 8 are delivered in a series of units including the following:
- Cells and Reproduction
- Environment and Animal Behaviour
- Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
- Geology and Environmental Chemistry
- Energy and Electricity
- Light and Sound
- Solar System
- Health, Fitness and Disease
- Food & Digestion
- Inheritance and Variation
- Forces and Magnetism
- Speed, Pressure and Moments
- Heat Transfer
- Periodic Table
- Chemical Reactions
Students are assessed continuously to ensure progress is maintained. SMART targets are set with formal assessments held every module. Data logging facilities enable students to create video and audio records of their achievements. At the end of Year 8, students are assessed in a SAT-style Science test that assesses their learning throughout key stage 3 and helps to decide each student’s optimum pathway in key stage 4.
Course Books and Equipment
- Planner, pencils, pens, eraser, metric ruler, calculator
- A key stage 3 revision guide is strongly recommended
Every week an after school session takes place that is attended mostly by KS3 students who are able to carry out fun investigations that enrich their scientific development. This has included entry into the NPL Water Rocket Challenge contest.
Events and visits are organised during the course of the year.