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Science

For more information on the Science Department please see our school prospectus.

Year 5

Autumn Term

Introduction to Science

Pupils are taught how to handle scientific equipment correctly.

The Human Body

Characteristics of living things.
Function and care of teeth.
The circulatory system.
Skeletal structure and function.
Balanced diet and healthy living.

Spring Term

Properties of Materials

We investigate physical properties of materials including thermal and electrical conductivity. Classification of materials as solids, liquids and gases and research how scientists create new material.

Earth and Space
Earth, Moon and Sun. 
Movements of the Earth and Moon.
Day and night.
Shadows.
Seasons.
Classification of rocks and soil.

Summer Term

Hearing and Seeing

Light - Sources of light, light absorption, reflection and how we see.
Sound - Sound production and transmission, pitch and volume.

Reproduction in Flowering Plants and Animals

Requirements for plant growth.
The life cycle of the flowering plant including sexual and asexual reproduction.
The main stages of different vertebrate's life cycle.

 

Year 6

Autumn Term

Ecology

Habitats
Food Chains
Classification of vertebrate and invertebrates
Microbes

Evolution
How fossils provide information about the past. That adaptation of organisms to their environment is the product of evolution caused by variation in offspring.

 

Spring Term

Forces
  • We explore the different types of forces and investigate their effects on motion and shape of objects.

 

  • Materials
  • Physical and chemical changes.

Solutions and speed of solution.
Separating techniques.
The water cycle.

Summer Term

  • Electricity
  • Making series and parallel circuits
  • The use of  switches. The effect of alterning resistance in circuits
     

Life Processes (KS3)
Cell structure and specialisation
Reproduction in plants and animals

 

Year 7

Autumn Term

Elements, mixtures and compounds
  • Pupils learn about the difference between atoms, molecules, elements and compounds.
  • Chemical Symbols.
  • The Periodic table. 
  • Solutions and solubility.
  •  Properties and separation of mixtures. 

Chemical Reactions forming Compounds.

Light and Sound
  • Light Transmission, absorption and reflection.
  • Colour. 

Structure and function of the eye.
Sound transmission, absorption, reflection, frequency and amplitude.
Structure and function of the ear.

Spring Term

Classification of Materials
Properties of solids, liquids and gases.
Particle theory.
Indicators.
Classifying acidic, alkaline and neutral solutions.
Neutralisation and the pH scale.

Forces

Effect of forces on shape and motion.
Balanced and unbalanced forces.
Speed calculations.
Pressure and moments.

Summer Term

Energy
Renewable and non-renewable energy resources. Generating electricity.
Energy conversions.
Energy consumption of different appliances.

 

Year 8

Autumn Term

Metals and Non-Metals

Physical & Chemical properties of metals and non-metals.
Reactivity Series of metals.
Extraction & use of metals.
Oxidation - Rusting.
Catalysts.
Recycling metals to reduce energy consumption / pollution.

Earth and Space

The Solar System.
Movement of Earth relative to Sun.
Day and Night.
Seasons.
Time Differences.
Phases of the Moon.
Satellites.
Space Exploration.

Spring Term

Life Processes II

Diet.
Circulatory system.
Skeleton.
Lung structure & function.
Breathing.
Aerobic and anaerobic respiration. 
Effects of smoking, alcohol and drugs.
Microbes Health and immunisation.
Laws relating to drugs including alcohol and nicotine.
Drink driving regulations.
Government advice on diet, exercise and alcohol consumption.


 

Summer Term

Electricity and Magnetism
Series and Parallel circuits - controlling and measuring current, using switches.
Resistance.
Magnetic Fields.
Electromagnets and their application.
Static Electricity.

Variation and Inheritance
Habitats - indigenous species of plants and animals.
Adaptation.
Food chains & webs.
Pyramid of numbers.
Accumulation of toxic materials in food chains.
Factors affecting sizes of populations.
Behaviour - How learned and innate behaviour responds to internal and external stimuli.
Genetic and environmental variation within species using a simple model of chromosomes.
Embryo research, cloning, genetically modified foods.
Selective breeding, possibilities of breeding out inherited diseases.
Natural Selection.