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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Science
Term 1Organisms  
Students will learn how the body works and will look at the role of the skeletal system and muscles in movement. They will also study different types of cells using microscopy techniques to help them to identify different cell types.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activityKey Words and Terms
 
Term 1Matter  
Students will learn about different states of matter and relate the features of the particle model to the properties of materials in different states. They will also devise ways to separate mixtures, based on their properties.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activityKey Words and Terms
 
Term 2Reactions 
Students will look at chemical reactions and the properties of acids and alkalis. They will also learn about metals and non-metals.
Assessment: An assessment paper which will include a mixture of short recall questions. The paper will also assess understanding and interpretation of working scientifically.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Forces  
Students will study speed and learn about relative motion. They will calculate different speeds using mathematical formulae. Students will learn about mass and gravity and will look at the effect of gravitational pull on objects.
Assessment: An assessment paper which will include a mixture of short recall questions. The paper will also assess understanding and interpretation of working scientifically.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Genes   
Students will learn about differences within, and between species and interpret data relating to variation. They will also learn about the transfer of genes from parents to offspring and will understand human reproduction and pregnancy.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activityKey Words and Terms
 
Term 3Energy 
Students will learn about electricity and will be able to compare the running costs of different appliances. They will also learn about energy transfers in a variety of examples.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activity.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Earth   
Students will learn about the Universe and the planets. They will also explain day and year length, seasons and the visibility of objects from Earth. Additionally, students will study the rock cycle and understand rock formation.
Assessment: An assessment paper which will include short recall questions. The paper will also assess mathematical skills in Science.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Electromagnets 
Students will learn about circuits and will be able to current and voltage. They will also be able to compare and explain current flow in different parts of a parallel circuit.
Assessment: An assessment paper which will include short recall questions. The paper will also assess mathematical skills in Science.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Waves 
Students will learn about sound waves and be able to relate changes in the shape of an oscilloscope trace to changes in pitch and volume. They will also study light and use ray diagrams to model how light passes through lenses and transparent materials.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activity.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Ecosystem   
Students will learn about the interaction of species within a certain area. They will also look at the impact of changes in a population of one organism on others in the ecosystem. Students will look at the role of plants within an ecosystem and understand how plants reproduce.
Assessment: An assessment paper which will include a mixture of short recall questions. The paper will also assess understanding and interpretation of working scientifically.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Working Scientifically  
Students will develop key skills need for planning and carrying out successful scientific investigations. They will also spend time enhancing their mathematical skills.
Assessment: Practical planning and completion of scientific investigationsKey Words and Terms
 

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