To view the Key Stage 3 Assessment Criteria for Science – please click here
To view the full curriculum overview for Science – please click here
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The science department at St. Crispin’s have taken a thematic approach to learning at KS3. Students joining us in Year 7 follow a two year pathway to complete their KS3 course before starting their GCSE content in Year 9.
In Year 7, the scheme of work that we teach has been created by us with the aim of:
• · Increasing engagement with science
• · Developing key scientific investigation skills
• · Developing independent learning skills through both short and extended projects
• · Developing skills in communication of science and working with information
• · Setting science learning in fun contexts, such as the science of special effects, the international space station and Safaris
Students will be assessed at 4 points in the year, on entry to give us an indication of their ability and then to measure progress in December, April and July. The final end of year exam in July involves all the content from the entire year, whilst the other two exams measure recent modules.
In Year 8 students are grouped according to ability based on their Year 7 progress. The scheme of work, again developed by us furthers the skills gained in Year 7 and:
• · Sets science in more real world contexts, such as the science of theme parks, working outside, use of light and sound at festivals and producing a display at the Natural History Museum
• · Prepares students for study at GCSE both in terms of skillsets, knowledge and approach to work
• · Further developing literacy and numeracy skills
The assessment in Year 8 follows a similar pattern, however the final end of year exam will cover the entire KS3 curriculum.
In 2015 Year 9 will be making the transition to the NEW style GCSEs. Students will first study the core GCSE concepts such as the structure of the atom and the cell. Following this induction course, students will then study the structure of the cell, organs and organ systems in Biology, Forces and Energy in Physics and Atomic structure and bonding in Chemistry.
Students will have the opportunity to study for an extra science GCSE known as Human health and physiology. This course will be run as a twice weekly twilight class. This course is optional but students are selected by an application process and must be achieving well in science.
In science in Year 7 and 8 we set one core homework per unit that would be expected to take up two homework slots. Often this home work may be marked and sent home for improvement, but this does depend on each teachers own approach with the class. Teachers may also set other revision home works too.
How can you help at home:
There are lots of ways you can help as a parent in supporting your child.
Revision Guides –At the start of the year we will offer students the chance to buy discounted revision guides which are really for revision. If you missed this opportunity, you can purchase from any bookshop or amazon for a few pounds. We recommend the CGP revision guide AND work book.
To make best use of these we recommend the Dr’s surgery approach.
Key word support
Another great way you can help your child is to test them on key science words. For each unit, the student will be given a key word map. Both in class and at home they should update this with definitions and be able to use the words in the right context. Testing on these words can be really useful.
Get in touch
We love to hear from parents, especially if you have feedback on how your child has enjoyed our approach to KS3. We have put in masses of development at KS3 and still have more to do, but if you feel that there is anything missing that you would like to see, then please do not hesitate to let us know.
Year 7 end of year checklist – click here for details
Science Club meets every Friday lunchtimes in S2. All year 7 & 8 students are welcome to attend. Students should eat lunch first before coming to science club.
Year 8 Revision checklist – click here to view
End of year checklist – click here to view.