Year 7

All students in Y7 are taught a balanced science curriculum in their form tutor bases. They have opportunities to develop both their knowledge and understanding of the scientific world around them and investigative and practical skills.

During year 7 the students will learn more about the human body, including how the body is built up of cells and how these cells must grow and divide to create organs and bodies. They will also look at sexual reproduction in humans and discuss the processes of puberty and adolescence.

Students will also develop their understanding of materials and their importance in the modern world including the importance of chemical reactions, the properties of acids and alkalis and the uses of different solvents and solutions.

In the physical processes section they will cover electrical circuits and energy resources, forces and their effect on everyday activities and the solar system.

Students will also develop their investigative and independent learning skills through experimental and practical based activities.

Assessment of science takes place once every half term through either a written examination or an extended written piece or milestone. Students are given grades in line with the Chaucer Assessment Framework and the assignments they complete are designed to mirror the exam questions they will meet in Y11, so they become familiar with how to answers GCSE questions very early on. Assessments are carried out in exam conditions and students are given clear advice on the areas they need to develop when given written feedback. Investigative skills are assessed in an ongoing manner throughout the years. 

Year 8

All students in Y8 are taught a balanced science curriculum in their form tutor bases. During year 8 the students will learn about the importance of a balanced diet and the role of food and digestion in maintaining life. They will also learn about the processes of respiration and breathing and their importance in maintaining a healthy body. The students will then look at the world of microorganisms and their effect on different ecosystems including the human population.

In the chemical and materials sections students will learn more about the periodic table and the development of elements into compounds through a range of different chemical reactions. They will also look at the environmental impacts of chemical reactions and cover a short unit on geological processes which will support their learning in Geography.

In the physical processes sections students will cover light and sound, energy transfers and how different devices can make our lives much easier and the phenomenon of magnetism and how this can be used in different situations including a compass and electromagnets.

Students will continue to develop their investigative and independent learning skills through experimental and practical based activities.

Assessment of science takes place once every half term through either a written examination or an extended written piece or milestone. Students are given grades in line with the Chaucer Assessment Framework and the assignments they complete are designed to mirror the exam questions they will meet in Y11, so they become familiar with how to answers GCSE questions very early on. Assessments are carried out in exam conditions and students are given clear advice on the areas they need to develop when given written feedback. Investigative skills are assessed in an ongoing manner throughout the years.

Year 9

All students in year 9 are taught a balanced science curriculum in forms up until Christmas and then in ability grouped sets. The students will be covering the first half of the Core Science GCSE specification by being given opportunities to develop both their knowledge and understanding of the scientific world and their investigative and practical skills.

Students will spend part of year 9 being taught the necessary investigative and independent learning skills that will be needed for success in the science GCSE examinations.

The Core Science syllabus covers all aspects of science including Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In the Biology section students will develop their understanding of the themes of Keeping Healthy, Coordination and Control and Medicines and Drugs.

The Chemistry section develops the students’ understanding of the themes of Fundamental Chemistry Ideas, Rocks and Building Materials, Metals and their Uses and Crude Oil and Fuels.

The Physics section will cover Energy Transfers by Heating, Using Energy and Electrical Energy.

Assessment of science takes place once every half term through either a written examination or an extended written piece or milestone. Students are given grades in line with the Chaucer Assessment Framework and the assignments they complete are designed to mirror the exam questions they will meet in Y11, so they become familiar with how to answers GCSE questions very early on. Assessments are carried out in exam conditions and students are given clear advice on the areas they need to develop when given written feedback. Investigative skills are assessed in an ongoing manner throughout the years.