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Science Curriculum 2020/21

KS3 Year 7

Autumn

Introduction to Science.

Organism 1: Cells and microscopy.

Matter 1: Particles.

Forces 1:  Introduction to forces.

Spring

Matter 2: Periodic Table.

Energy 1: Introduction to energy.

Electromagnets 1: Electrical circuits.

Genes 1: Variation and reproduction.

Summer

Reactions 1: Acids and alkalis.

Ecosystems 1: Ecology.

Waves 1: Sound energy.

Space 1: Introduction to Space.

Earth 1: Introduction to Earth.

KS3 Year 8

Autumn

Genes 1: Variation and reproduction.

Electromagnets 1: Electrical circuits.

Reactions 1: Acids and alkalis.

Organisms 2: Breathing and respiration.

Forces 2: Speed, pressure and density.

Spring

Energy 2: Thermal energy and its transfer.

Organisms 3: Digestion.

Reactions 2: Changes of state and chemical reactions.

Genes 2: Evolution and natural selection.

Electromagnets 3: Static electricity.

Summer

Ecosystems 2: Photosynthesis.

Waves 2: Light energy.

Electromagnets 2: Electromagnets.

Microbes: Introduction to pathogens.

KS4 Year 9

Autumn

First half term is a review of key fundamental areas of KS3 that need to be consolidated or finished.

Cells 1: Pupils will study microscopy, prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, Specialised cells, diffusion, osmosis and active transport.

Atoms: Atoms, chemical equations, revisit separating mixtures and application, history of the atom, Ions, isotopes. 

Energy Conservation: energy changes in a system.

Spring

Cells 2: Pupils will look at mitosis, cell cycle, revisit specialised cells.

Periodic table:  Study the development of the periodic table, organisation, patterns and trends of groups 1, 2, 7, 0 and transition metals.

Energy and Heat: Revisit KS3 knowledge on conduction, convection and radiation and extend to application in the real world.

Organisation 1: Digestive systems and explore factors affecting enzymes that extends upon KS3.

Structure and bonding: Study types of bonding such as covalent, large covalent molecules, ionic and metallic bonding.

Energy Resources: Explain ways to generate electricity and evaluate their use.

Summer

Structure and Bonding Part 2: Covalent

Organisation 2:  Circulator System

Electricity: Circuits and components.

Chemical changes: Chemical reactions.

Organisation 3: Plant tissues and organ systems.

KS4 Year 10

Autumn

Radioactivity: Radioactive isotopes and decay.

Bioenergetics: Photosynthesis and respiration in plants and animals.

Quantitative: Mathematical applications in science.

Electricity: Electrical circuits

Electricity at home: National grid and wiring a plug.

 

Spring

Electrolysis and energy: explaining the process of electrolysis

Homeostasis: controlling conditions within the body

Chemical Change: Fundamental chemical reactions

Reproduction and Variation: Types of reproduction, inheritance and genetics.

Evolution and Variation: Variation, Natural selection, selective breeding and generic engineering.

Summer

Forces: resultant forces, vectors, scalers, and centre of mass.

Rates of Reaction:  Explaining how the rate of a reaction can be changed.

Organic Chemistry: Hydrocarbons and fractional distillation.

KS4 Year 11

Autumn

Homeostasis: controlling conditions within the body.

Ecology: Adaptations, Interdependence, competition, ecosystems and biodiversity.  

Waves: Waves properties and electromagnetic waves.

Electromagnets and Magnetism:  Magnetic fields of electric currents

Spring

Chemistry and the Atmosphere: The changing atmosphere, greenhouse gases, climate change and atmospheric pollutants.

Chemistry and Resources: Earth resources including water treatment, extraction of metals and recycling.

Address gaps from prior learning of paper 1.

Mock exams to inform prior gaps from paper 2.

Reteach gaps. 

 

Summer

Exams