How do we investigate scientific questions?
Students learn how to plan an investigation and record their data. They also look at analysing and evaluating data.
What is an organ system?
Students consider how our body is able to function by understanding the hierarchy of organisation in a multicellular organism.
How are new plants and animals created?
Students are introduced to the reproductive system in human and plants, including how the process of fertilisation leads to new organisms.
What are living organisms made of?
Students use microscopes to observe different types of plant and animal cells. They learn about their structure and how substances can move in and out of them.
Elements, atoms & compounds
Why is water different to its elements?
Students study the differences between atoms, elements, and compounds. They also learn about the chemical formulae of simple compounds such as water.
What happens when fuels are burnt?
Students represent chemical reactions such as combustion using a word equation. They are also introduced to the idea of conservation of mass during a chemical reaction.
Particles and their behaviour
What happens to a substance when it changes state?
Students apply the particle model to understand the different states of matter and the changes of state.
Acids & Alkalis
What do vinegar and lemon have in common?
Students learn about the reactions of acids with metals. They also look at the reactions of acids with alkalis to produce a salt plus water.
What is our universe made of?
Students study the structure of the Universe and the objects within our Solar system. They further their understanding of seasonal changes and nights and days.
What does a rocket and you have in common?
Students use the concept of balanced and unbalanced forces to understand what causes the speed and direction of motion of an object to change.
How is sound transferred?
Students are briefly introduced to waves, followed by the concept of energy transfer and the application of waves in medical scan using ultrasound.
Why does it get darker and darker the deeper you go into the ocean?
Students study how images are formed in a mirror and the reason behind a pencil appearing bent in water.
Students learn via a mix of theory and practical lessons, covering ideas as diverse as the smallest cells to the largest reaches of space. Assessment takes place through a variety of means including homelearning, with detailed written feedback, and termly end of topic tests. “Engage” class debates and discussions provide opportunities for students to progress in their knowledge from simpler details to more complex ideas, encouraging students to achieve mastery of their science.
The curriculum concentrates on the students’ skills; literacy, numeracy and working scientifically are practiced and developed throughout.
A digital version of the textbook [Activate 1] can be accessed via www.kerboodle.com. Each student has been issued with a login. Students are also able to check their understanding of topics by completing auto marked assessments found here
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Mr Emlyn Lumley
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