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Science

Science

“No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.” – Albert Einstein

Science refers to a system of acquiring knowledge which is both diverse and exciting. It uses observation and experimentation to describe, define, explain and ultimately try to understand the world in which we live and how it works.

There are many benefits to, and hence reasons why, we would want to increase our understanding of the world and indeed the universe.

At Bredon Hill, pupils are introduced to the history of scientific ideas and consider the importance of science in everyday life. They learn how to communicate their ideas, and how to collect data and evidence to support their opinions.

Pupils learn to co-operate with others as well as developing independent learning skills. They improve their own performance by reflecting on their work and evaluating their achievements.

We endeavour to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to succeed, whatever their individual needs and the potential barriers to their learning there may be.

Science at Bredon Hill is taught in two fully equipped laboratories and a recently refurbished classroom. There are opportunities built into the curriculum for pupils to use ICT to enhance their work.

Pupils in Year 6 and 7 are taught in “learning groups” and have a dedicated teacher who remains with the group throughout the year.

Pupils in Year 8 are taught in “learning groups”, on a “carousel” basis, changing topic and teacher 3 times throughout the year. This means that they will experience a range of teaching and learning styles across each year.

 

Key Stage 2

Pupils are assessed at the beginning of Year 6 and this assessment together with the data received from First Schools enables us to ensure that their individual learning experience can be tailored towards their needs.

For many Year 6 pupils, it will be their first experience of working in a laboratory and emphasis is placed on safety and skills. Practical work plays a key role in Year 6.

Topics covered include:

Evolution and Inheritance 
Animals (including humans) – healthy bodies
Living Things and Their Habitats – classification

Light – seeing light
Electricity – circuits

The Particulate Nature of Matter
Changing State
Forces

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow the National Curriculum, with an emphasis on improving pupils’ investigative and analytical skills. Pupils are encouraged to work in a variety of ways e.g. in pairs, groups and individually.
Assessment is carried out throughout the year through marking of classwork, homework, level assessed tasks and regular testing.

Units to be covered include:

Year 7

Biology 1:
Cells
Cells and organisation

Biology 2: Reproduction and growth
Reproduction (including Human) – Please note this includes aspects of sexual education.

Biology 3: Diet and health
Nutrition and digestion
Health (including effects of drugs)

Biology 4: The Body
Gas exchange systems
Cellular respiration
Gas exchange systems

Chemistry 1: Acids and alkalis
Chemical reactions

Chemistry 2: The Earth and atmosphere
Earth and Atmosphere (Rocks)

Chemistry 3: The particulate nature of matter
Pure and impure substances

Physics 1: Forces and motion
Describing motion
Forces
Energy changes and transfers

Physics 2: Energy
Energy in matter
Changes in systems
Calculation of fuel uses and costs in the domestic context
Energy changes and transfers

Physics 3: Electricity and electro-magnetism
Static electricity
Current electricity
Energy changes and transfers
Magnetism

Year 8

Biology 1: Photosynthesis, respiration and circulation
Photosynthesis
Nutrition and digestion
Gas exchange systems

Biology 2: Ecosystems
Interactions and interdependencies: Relationships in an ecosystem

Biology 3: Genetics and evolution
Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes

Chemistry 1: Atoms, elements and compounds
Atoms, elements and compounds
The Periodic Table

Chemistry 2: Reactions
The Periodic Table
Materials
Energetics
Chemical reactions

Chemistry 3: Materials and everyday chemistry
Materials

Physics 1: Levers, moments and pressure
Forces
Energy changes and transfers
Pressure in fluids

Physics 2: Waves
Observed waves
Light waves
Sound waves
Energy and waves

Physics 3: Space
Space physics

Towards the end of Year 8 pupils take a transition test in preparation for Year 9 at High School.

Members of the Department

Teaching staff:

Mrs. S. Huntly - Subject Leader.
Mr. K. Bailey
Miss. A. Challis (on maternity leave from January 2016)
Mrs. S. Barnett
Mr. J. Firth
Mr.M. Stedman (maternity cover for Miss. A. Challis)
Mrs. A. Sinclair – Laboratory Technician & Teaching Assistant.