Science- Key Stage 3

The science laboratories in the Hub complement the learning experience in science lessons and extra-curricular activities.

In Years 7, 8 and up until February half-term of Year 9, students follow a course that is based on the Activate series of resources. Although timings may vary the modules studied are shown below.

Content
Cells, body systems, particles and their behaviour, elements, atoms and compounds, forces and sound reproduction, reactions, acids and alkalis and light space and extended projects.

Assessment
Pupils will sit a baseline assessment during the first half of the Autumn term. This will examine the pupils scientific knowledge developed during KS2. End of topic tests take place approximately every 3-4 weeks. Pupils will also sit an end of year exam in the Summer term.

Half Term Content Assessment
Sept-Dec Health and lifestyle, ecosystem processes, the periodic table, metals and acids, electricity and magnetism. End of topic tests take place approximately every 3 weeks. Pupils will also sit an end of year exam in the Summer term.
Jan-Apr Adaptation and inheritance, separation techniques, energy, motion and pressure.
Apr-July The Earth, extended projects

 

Half Term Content Assessment
Sept-Dec New technologies, turning points in biology, chemistry and physics, detection. End of topic tests take place approximately every 4 weeks. Pupils will also sit an exam after Christmas (week 18). They may move groups after Feb half-term (week 21).
Jan-Apr Big projects
Apr-July GCSE Course

 

Students are assessed regularly using differentiated resources. Assessment has a strong foundation in the APP (Assessing Pupils' Progress) approach. Formative feedback is given in order to help students reach their full potential.

Subject Leaders - Phil Hadgett / Matt Williamson
Email: hadgettp@budmouth.dorset.sch.uk / williamsonm@budmouth.dorset.sch.uk

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