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Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust

Key Stage 3

Foundation Science in Years 7 and 8

Throughout Years 7 and 8, students will be encouraged to develop and retain their scientific knowledge through a variety of topics, activities and assessments.  The majority of students are taught in mixed ability groups.  Additional provision is provided for both the more academically able and those requiring support.  Every class follows the same schemes of work, with carefully written lesson plans.  This is to ensure there is consistency across the curriculum and ensure all students maximise their learning capabilities in Science.

We actively liaise with our feeder primary schools to ensure the transition to secondary school is done smoothly, where we build on the work and concepts covered in Key Stage 2.  They will undertake practical investigative work regularly for which they will need to represent, analyse, interpret, evaluate, communicate and reflect, in line with the new Science curriculum.

Many lessons in Years 7 and 8 will incorporate Mathematical skills, including calculations and graph drawing skills, together with Scientific literacy skills, building on the work done in primary schools during the Numeracy and Literacy lessons.  How Science Work skills are strongly encouraged and students are encouraged to develop effective methods, risk assessment, practical planning, practical evaluation and conclusion.  This is essential for developing the skills required for the new GCSE Science syllabus.

Through the Scientific content, students should be taught to:

·         Develop Scientific understanding of the world around us

·         Reason Scientifically

·         Apply Scientific knowledge to new situations

Within this framework we aim to stimulate students’ interest and their enjoyment in Science.

Course content:

Across Years 7 and 8, students will study the main content strands of Science: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, in order to prepare them fully to begin their GCSE course in Year 9.  The course content for each year includes the following structure.