Science

Science Department

At St Columba’s we believe the study of science fires pupils’ curiosity about phenomena in the world around them and offers opportunities to find explanations.

 

From year seven pupils will learn how knowledge and understanding in science are rooted in evidence. They will discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life.

We hope to prepare pupils to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

Key Stage 3

Inclusion

Teachers have very high expectations of students and we aim to provide the best support and encouragement for our students. As teachers we are aware of students’ academic achievements and know their capabilities, we use this information to set personalised targets for each individual and are aware of how to set ambitious but achievable targets. We have a very good support system in place with the SEN department and staff often discuss lesson plans and activities with teaching assistants and HILTAs.

Numeracy & Mathematics

As science is a key subject in school life as well as outside school. We strongly believe in cross circular activities which is why you will find that numeracy is used a great deal in science. Graph work is undertaken, drawing and interpreting results tables, measuring and predicting rates of reactions are often used in science.

Literacy and vocabulary

Students are greatly encouraged to speak and write fluently in all aspects as this has been shown to improve their understanding of topics when revising but also encourages students to think more scientifically if they are constantly reminded of correct terminology and asked specific questions to stretch their vocabulary and understanding. By using vocabulary correctly during lessons it allows students to have open discussions and analyse ideas together, debate and discuss advantages and disadvantages to specific aspects, a skill that is very useful in exams. In a further attempt to support students during lesson extended writing exam questions are practiced and marked with students to demonstrate the level of written communication that is expected.

Y7 Term 1 Y7 Term 2 Y7 Term 3
Biology Chemistry Physics
Cell, Tissues, organs and systems Mixtures and separation

 

Energy
Sexual reproduction Acids and Alkalis Current electricity
Muscles and bones The particle model Forces
Ecosystems Atoms, elements and molecules Sound
End of term exam (December) – Biology End of term exam (April) – Chemistry End of term exam (June) –

Physics

Y8 Term 1 Y8 Term 2 Y8 Term 3
Chemistry Physics Biology
Combustion Fluids Food and nutrition
The Periodic table Lights Plants and their reproduction
Metals and their uses Energy transfers Breathing and respiration
Rocks Earth and space Unicellular and organisms
End of term exam (December) – Chemistry End of term exam (April) –

Physics

End of term exam (June) – Biology
Y9 Term 1 Y9 Term 2 Y9 Term 3
Physics Biology Chemistry
Forces and motion Genetics and evolution Making materials
Force fields and electromagnets Plant growth Reactivity
Physics revision and projects Biology revision and projects Chemistry revision and projects
GCSE transition GCSE transition GCSE transition
End of term exam (December) –

Physics

End of term exam (April) – Biology End of term exam (June) – Chemistry
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Last updated: September 17, 2018 at 10:55 am

 

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