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At John Fisher, we follow a two year and half term KS3 scheme of work. Science is taught as a spiral curriculum with each branch being revisited later in school life but in more detail. At the end of each topic students sit a short assessment that is used to track progress and determine any necessary set changes at the end of the first and third term.

Year 7 and 8 are taught general Science which is split into different topics. Students will have either one or two teachers who will share the teaching between them.

Year 7

Term 1:

Working scientifically, they will get a chance to use Bunsen burners, learn about lab safety and get to grips with common practical equipment used in Science as well as being introduced to conducting practical investigations.

Cells the building blocks of life and looking at mixing dissolving and separation techniques.

Term 2:

Forces and their effects and Sound and energy transfers.

Term 3:

Eating, drinking and breathing, elements compounds and mixtures and exploring contact and non-contact forces.

During term three students will have a day trip to the Science Museum and Natural history museum to help inspire their summer project work to produce an exhibit for the Science museum based on what they have learned in year 7. Details about the trip are sent out during the second term of year 7.

Year 8

Term 1:

Getting the energy your body needs, explaining the physical changes of substances and magnetism and electricity.

Term 2:

Working scientifically which involves planning and carrying out an investigation, analysing and evaluating the data produced. They will also study plants and eco-systems and explaining chemical changes in substances.

Term 3:

Students cover variation and survival, using our Earth sustainably and waves energy and motion.

During term 3 students will have a day trip to London Zoo to help inspire their summer project work to produce a shoe box sized eco-friendly zoo enclosure based on what they have learned in year 8 about survival, eco-systems, materials and sustainability. Details about the trip are sent out during the second term of year 8.