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The Science curriculum at Kingsmeadow is taught in three distinct disciplines, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The purpose of the curriculum is as follows:

 

  • We aim to forge positive connections with pupils, so they can achieve independence, self confidence and scientific academic knowledge.

  • We aim to develop well rounded pupils, who are resilient and capable of adapting in an ever changing globalised world.

We strive to achieve this by offering an interwoven curriculum, in which pupils learn, apply and revisit the main concepts of the three different disciplines.

YEAR 7

Biology

Pupils are introduced to topics such as organisms, genes and energy transfer and the environment. 

Chemistry

Pupils are introduced to topics such as particles, matter, reactions and earth.

 

Physics

Pupils are introduced to topics such as energy, forces, particle model, waves, and electromagnetism.  These concepts are then applied to Space and the solar system.

 

YEAR 8

Biology

Pupils revisit key concepts from year 7 including organisms, genes and energy transfer whilst deepening and building on these concepts.

Chemistry

Pupils revisit key concepts from year 7 including particles, reactions and earth whilst deepening and building on these concepts.They are also introduced to the matter topic.

 

Physics

Pupils revisit and build on the concepts in year 7.  Topics include energy, forces, particle model, waves, and electromagnetism.

Pupils will also practice and refine the use of scientific skills such as:

  • Experimental practise and design

  • Method writing

  • Graph drawing and analysis

  • Analysis of tabular data

 

YEAR 9

Pupils begin an introductory foundation in GCSE content.  All pupils will begin year 9 in a separate science course of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

Biology

Pupils develop their skills and understanding from year 7 and 8. Pupils are introduced to topics such as cells, organisation, disease, bioenergetics, homeostasis, hormonal coordination, evolution, classification, ecology and biodiversity. 

Chemistry

Pupils develop their skills and understanding from year 7 and 8. Pupils are introduced to topics such as Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table, Bonding Structure and Properties of Matter, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Changes, Energy Changes, Rate of Reaction, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources.

Physics

Pupils develop their skills and understanding from year 7 and 8. Pupils are introduced to topics such as Energy, Particle Model of Matter, Electricity, Atomic structure (Radioactivity), Forces and Motion, Waves, Electromagnetism

 

YEAR 10

Pupils revisit the content from year 9 and build of the concepts taught in the following topics:

Biology

Pupils build on key content from year 9, gaining deeper understanding in topics including cells, organisation, disease, bioenergetics, homeostasis, hormonal coordination, evolution, classification, ecology and biodiversity. 

Chemistry

Pupils build on key content from year 9, gaining deeper understanding in topics including Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table, Bonding Structure and Properties of Matter, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Changes, Energy Changes, Rate of Reaction, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources.

Physics

Pupils build on key content from year 9, gaining deeper understanding in topics including Energy, Particle Model of Matter, Electricity, Atomic structure (Radioactivity), Forces and Motion, Waves, Electromagnetism.

Throughout year 9 and 10 the Space topic for separate science is interwoven throughout the other topics rather than as a discrete topic.

 

YEAR 11

Pupils revisit the key concepts covered in years 9 and 10 in the three subject areas.

Biology

Pupils build on key content from year 9 and 10, working towards mastery in topics including cells, organisation, disease, bioenergetics, homeostasis, hormonal coordination, evolution, classification, ecology and biodiversity. 

Chemistry

Pupils build on key content from year 9 and 10, working towards mastery in topics including Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table, Bonding Structure and Properties of Matter, Quantitative Chemistry, Chemical Changes, Energy Changes, Rate of Reaction, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere and Using Resources.

Physics

Pupils build on key content from year 9 and 10, working towards mastery in topics including Energy, Particle Model of Matter, Electricity, Atomic structure (Radioactivity), Forces and Motion, Waves, Electromagnetism.

Pupils are assessed regularly with in class assessed tasks, in which they receive feedback on both content, and skills, including literacy and numeracy.  They also sit a summative key assessment each term.

Pipetting Samples and Test Tube

SCIENCE

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