Science

Closure For Xmas Holiday

Please note: school closes on Friday 20th December at 12.45pm for the Xmas holiday and re-opens on Monday 6th January normal time, 8.40am.

Science

Autumn Term

Topic
Overview
Unit 1 – breathing and digestion
  • Understanding how we breathe, measuring breathing, explaining gas exchange in humans, exploring the effects of disease and lifestyle

  • Exploring a healthy diet, Understanding the effects of an unbalanced diet, understanding the human digestive system, understanding the roles of the digestive organs

Unit 2 – contact forces and pressure 
Analysing equilibrium, understanding stretch and compression, investigating Hooke’s Law, exploring pressure on a solid surface, exploring pressure in a fluid, calculating pressure, explaining floating and sinking
Unit 3 – periodic table and elements 
Looking at the periodic table of elements, exploring metals in the periodic table, exploring non-metals in the periodic table, analysing wider patterns within the periodic table, combining elements, comparing elements and compounds, exploring polymers, exploring ceramics and composites
Unit 4 – respiration and photosynthesis 
Understanding aerobic respiration, Exploring respiration in sport,
Understanding anaerobic respiration, Investigating fermentation, Comparing aerobic and anaerobic respiration, Exploring how plants make food, Looking at leaves, Exploring the movement of water and minerals in plants, investigating the importance of minerals to plants, Investigating photosynthesis

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Evaluate a possible treatment for a lung disease.
    • Design a diet for a person with specific dietary needs. Critique claims for a food product or diet by analysing nutritional information
    • Evaluate how well sports or vehicle technology reduces frictional or drag forces
    • Suggest how particular conditions could affect plant growth. 

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Career opportunities in the healthcare industry, dietetics, technology and engineering, chemical engineering, botany and agriculture. 

 

Home Learning this Term

To support learning within the subject, students are given regular homework in the form of worksheets, extended writing tasks, research and presentation tasks.

 

Spring Term

Topic
Overview
Unit 5 –magnetism and electromagnetism 

Forces and fields, using ideas about fields, investigating electromagnetism, using electromagnets, investigating strength of electromagnets

Unit 6 – chemical energy and types of reaction 
Understanding exothermic reactions, comparing endothermic and exothermic changes, investigating endothermic reactions, explaining the use of catalysts, exploring combustion, exploring the use of fuels, understanding thermal decomposition, Explaining changes
Unit 7 – evolution and inheritance 

Explaining natural selection, understanding the importance of biodiversity,  explaining extinction, understanding the nature of genetic material, exploring the role of chromosomes, understanding variation, modelling inheritance

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Evaluate ways of preserving plant or animal material for future generations.
    • Suggest arguments for and against genetic modification. Suggest benefits from scientists knowing all the genes in the human genome.
    • Find out why scientists Watson, Crick and Franklin were so important.

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Career opportunities in the fields of technology and engineering, research scientist, genetics and evolutionary biology. 

 

Home Learning this Term

To support learning within the subject, students are given regular homework in the form of worksheets, extended writing tasks, research and presentation tasks.

 

Summer Term

Topic
Overview
Unit 8 – work and heating and cooling 

Doing work, making work easier, explaining thermal energy, How heat travels, how to stop heat from travelling, energy and temperature

Unit 9 – climate and Earth resources

Understanding our atmosphere, understanding how carbon is recycled,  exploring how humans affect the carbon cycle, understanding global warming, exploring damage to the Earth’s resources, considering the importance of recycling, how to extract metals

Unit 10 – wave effects and wav properties

Exploring sound, sound systems, exploring light, exploring waves, comparing transverse and longitudinal waves

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Evaluate the implications of a proposal to reduce carbon emissions.
    • Evaluate claims that human activity is causing global warming or climate change.
    • Compare the relative effects of human-produced and natural global warming.
    • Suggest the effects of particular ear problems on a person’s hearing.
    • Evaluate the data behind a claim for a sound creation or blocking device, using the properties of sound waves. 

 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Career opportunities in the fields of research, meteorology, light and sound engineering, audiology.

 

Home Learning this Term

To support learning within the subject, students are given regular homework in the form of worksheets, extended writing tasks, research and presentation tasks.

 

Year 8 science Summary

    • Term 1 – Students cover how the parts of the gas exchange system are adapted to their function and how exercise, smoking and asthma affect the gas exchange system and the importance of photosynthesis in biology, friction and drag forces, and the behaviour of materials when stretched and squashed in physics, and physical properties and observations of chemical reactions to make predictions about behaviour of elements in chemistry.
    • Term 2  - Students cover the theory of evolution, extinction and inheritance in biology, types of chemical reaction and energy levels in chemistry, and magnetism and the Earth's magnetic field in physics.
    • Term 3 – students cover the carbon cycle, the effects of human activity on the environment; linked to the use of carbon, global warming and the use of Earth resources in chemistry, what work is, how temperature of objects changes and methods of heat transfer, as well as the properties and uses of waves in physics. 
    • End of Year Exam – students will sit an exam based on the whole KS3 content. Results will be used to place them in appropriate sets for Year 9.