Science

Year 7: Units comprise scientific enquiry, life processes and living things, materials and their properties and physical processes. The topics include ecology, sex and science, tissues and transplants, solar system, materials, forces, energy and acid/alkalis. There is also a strong emphasis to encourage students to participate in projects as well as develop a better understanding of sustainability and environmental issues.

Year 8: Building on the Year 7 foundation, students will explore additional topics covering food, heat transfers, water, recycling, materials, light, diseases and earth. Direct linkages will be established between the topics learnt and day to day experiences wherein students can undertake projects using concepts learnt to create efficient solutions.

Year 9: Topics are spread over science of future, building sculpture, energy buying, satellites and space, flying materials, crime scene investigation and cleaning up. The focus is on making students thinking scientifically as well as demonstrate a strong understanding in applications. Strong cross curricular links are aimed to be established for students to start using scientific terminologies learnt. Students will receive a target sheet at the beginning of each module that explains what level each learning objective in the topic is aimed at and a personal target level to work towards. Assessments are conducted based on a SAT based question set at the end of each 12 units. Students are normally assessed within the APP (Assessing Pupils’ Progress) structured framework which comprises 5 Assessment Focuses (AFs).

Assessment

Students will receive a target sheet at the beginning of each module that explains what level each learning objective in the topic is aimed at and a personal target level to work towards. Assessments are conducted based on a SAT based question set at the end of each 12 units. Students are normally assessed within the APP (Assessing Pupils’ Progress) structured framework which comprises 5 Assessment Focuses (AFs).

Students will complete other pieces of assessed work across the year, including some level based ‘Assessment for Learning’ activities. There will be two formal assessment examinations over the year, one at the end of the first term and one at the end of the year.

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