Science

Staffing

Mr K Finlinson – Head of Science / Head of Biology
Dr S Ireland – Head of Chemistry
Mr S St John – Head of Physics
Mrs C Bent
Mr M R Brennan
Mr A Dawson
Miss M Fergus
Dr M R Gill
Mr B Harnett
Dr A G McConkey
Mr C Munro
Mrs J E Telford
Mrs R L Vowles
Mr T Buxton (Technician)
Ms J Falconer (Technician)
Mrs K Wright (Technician)

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Our Key Stage 3 Science program of study in Years 7 and 8 uses content from the current National Curriculum which provides a scientific basis on which further ideas can be built and which are chosen for their contextual relevance to students of this age. The course provides students with the opportunity to develop a logical approach to problem solving and an appreciation of how to work safely and scientifically.

CYCLE ONE YEAR 7

We begin the course by looking at safe working within a laboratory. This first cycle then introduces students to the human anatomy through work on the muscular and skeletal system. Students will also look at the particle theory of matter and how mixtures may be separated.

 

CYCLE TWO YEAR 7

The second cycle looks at the chemistry of atoms and elements introducing students to the periodic table. The area of energy types and resources is examined with particular reference to sustainability. Cells as the building blocks of living things are then studied alongside the basic biochemistry of respiration and photosynthesis.

 

CYCLE THREE YEAR 7

The ideas associated with the formation and composition of the Earth and its atmosphere are studied with reference to the impact of human activities. The area of cells is expanded on through the study of human and plant reproduction. Students are introduced to the topic of forces through a variety of practical activities.

 

CYCLE ONE YEAR 8

The maintenance of life is expanded on through the study of food and nutrition. Atoms and molecules are revisited through the study of chemical reactions and the topic of energy is built by studying heat transfers.

 

CYCLE TWO YEAR 8

The biochemistry of respiration is revisited by looking at the need for breathing and efficient gas exchange in larger organisms. The topic of light and the universe provides students with the opportunity to look beyond the Earth and finally the topic of Acid and Alkalis allows students the opportunity to develop further their skills of practical Chemistry and its application to everyday life.

 

CYCLE THREE YEAR 8

Looking at inheritance, variation and evolution allows linking back to work covered on reproduction and how living things are more likely to survive and reproduce if they possess adaptations to their environment. The study of sound enables students to look at why sounds are different, the perception of sound by animals and compare the travelling of sound to that of light. The topic of electricity and magnetism provides a solid basis on which they may build as they revisit these topics as part of their GCSE Physics course.