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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Science
Term 1Organisms   
Understanding the structures of the respiratory system, students will learn about gas exchange in the lungs. They will investigate changes in lung volume and also interpret data on lung volumes. Students will then learn about the digestive system and the components of a healthy diet.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activityKey Words and Terms
 
Term 1Matter 
Students will study patterns in the Periodic table and will understand similarities and differences between elements in different groups and periods. They will progress to looking at the properties of compounds and mixtures and make prediction about the behaviour of substances.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activity.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Reactions 
Students will develop ideas studied in Year 7 and will learn about endothermic and exothermic reactions. They will then look at changes in mass during physical processes and chemical changes.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activityKey Words and Terms
 
Term 2Forces  
Students will develop their knowledge of forces by studying contact forces such as friction and drag. They will look at compression and stretching of different materials. They will also learn about pressure in different substances and explain observations where the effects of forces are different because of differences in the area over which they apply.
Assessment: An assessment paper which will include short recall questions. The paper will also assess mathematical skills in Science.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Genes   
Students will look at the theories of evolution and will learn about the ecological pressures placed on different species. They will learn about the genetic make-up of organisms as they gain an understanding of genetic inheritance and how this produces variation within and amongst species.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activityKey Words and Terms
 
Term 3Energy 
Work done and energy transfer are studied in this topic. Students will learn about input forces and output forces and will look at the use of levers and pulleys. Students will also study thermal energy and will lean how methods of thermal insulation work in terms of conduction, convection and radiation.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activity.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Earth   
Climate is the focus of this unit and students will learn about the contribution that natural and human chemical processes make to our carbon dioxide emissions. They will also learn about the structure of the Earth and the methods used for extraction of different resources.
Assessment: An assessment paper which will include a mixture of short recall questions. The paper will assess extended scientific writing.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Electromagnets 
Students will study electromagnetism and look at the use of solenoids and current in changing the strength of an electromagnet. They will also look at magnet fields and make predictions about magnetic materials.
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 different wave types. They will learn about the electromagnetic spectrum and will study the effects of different waves on objects and cells of the human body. Students will also use the wave model to explain observations of the reflection, absorption and transmission of waves.
Assessment: An assessment paper (40marks) plus a practical planning activity.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Ecosystem  
Students will study the processes of respiration and photosynthesis. They will study aerobic and anaerobic respiration and will look at the adaptations of plants for carrying out photosynthesis.
Assessment: An assessment paper which will include short recall questions. The paper will also assess mathematical skills in Science.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 investigations.Key Words and Terms
 

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