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Key Stage 3 Science

Year 7 students starting at Bishop Thomas Grant School will begin their science career by completing a bespoke Induction programme covering laboratory safety and the Scientific method.  Following this (and with their Bunsen burner licences fully accredited) students follow the full 2014 National Curriculum for Science.  Over the course of each year they will study the Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics listed below as well as develop their practical skills through a branch of the curriculum called 'Working Scientifically'.

We consider a foundation in practical science crucial to successful progression into KS4 and KS5 and we take full advantage of our extensive equipment as well as the considerable knowledge and experience of our technical staff to ensure that students get as much practical experience as they can.  With that in mind, all schemes of work and resources have been developed by specialist teachers within the department and are tailored to meet the needs of all students to ensure each child makes expected levels of progress.  

 

Topics taught in Year 7

Express groups:


Biology Chemistry Physics
Induction Period

Induction lessons

Baseline test

Induction lessons

Baseline test

Induction lessons

Baseline test

Autumn Cells Particles Forces
Spring Body systems

Elements

Start chemical reactions

Sound

Start light

Summer Reproduction

Finish chemical reactions

Acids and alkalis

Finish light

Space

All other sets:

  Biology  Chemistry Physics
Induction Period

Induction lessons

Baseline test

Induction lessons

Baseline test

Induction lessons

Baseline test

Autumn

Cells

Body systems

Particles Forces
Spring Finish body systems

Elements

Chemical reactions

Sound

Light

Summer Reproduction Acids and alkalis Space

 

Topics taught in Year 8

Express groups:

  Biology Chemistry Physics
Autumn

Diet and digestion

Health and lifestyle

Compounds

The periodic table

Motion

Speed and motion

Spring Ecosystem processes

Separation techniques

Metals and acids

Electricity and magnetism
Summer Adaptation and inheritance The Earth Energy

All other sets:

  Biology Chemistry Physics
Autumn

Diet and digestion

Health and lifestyle

Compounds

The periodic table

Motion

Speed and motion

Spring Ecosystem processes

Separation techniques

Metals and acids

Electricity and magnetism

Summer Adaptation and inheritance The Earth Energy