Science KS3 Year 7

Science KS3 Year 7

Introduction to Laboratory Safety

Autumn

1st
Introduction to Laboratory Safety
VIDEO HOMEWORK.

Students are introduced to the safety rules of the laboratory. They learn the meanings of hazard symbols and the safe use of equipment.

Particles and Separation
VIDEO HOMEWORK

Techniques into separating mixed solids, mixed liquids, salt solutions and suspensions are investigated. Students learn the meanings and processes of filtration, evaporation, magnetism, chromatography and solution. Students learn about these processes as solutions to real world problems.

2nd
Electricity and Energy
VIDEO HOMEWORK  

Electrical components, circuitry and generation are explored in this unit. Students learn how to calculate the cost of running electrical appliances and the role of the National Grid.

Spring

1st
Earth and Space
VIDEO HOMEWORK

Students investigate the structure of the Earth and its place in the solar system. The components of our solar system are then explored allowing students to map the main features of Mars and the Moon.

A question is asked, ‘is the Milky Way a typical galaxy?’.

2nd
Acids, Alkalis and Metals
VIDEO HOMEWORK

Students carry out a series of investigations into the reactivity of metals, neutralisation and roles acids and alkalis play in our everyday lives.

They become familiar with the pH scale and hazards associated with acids, bases and alkaline metals. The Periodic Table is introduced to students in this topic.

Summer

1st
Ecosystems
VIDEO HOMEWORK

Students take specific habitats and look at the physical adaptations of plants and animals that live there. Desert life also requires behavioural adaptations and how this affects the ecological communities that live there is explored. Food chains and webs are introduced to learners.

Broader elements of invasive species impacts are included, and students supply their survey data to the UK Ladybird Survey.

2nd
The Human Body
VIDEO HOMEWORK

The cells, organs and systems of the human body are investigated in this topic. The human skeleton, respiratory and digestive systems are explored in detail.

Students also research ways in which we can look after our health, including the consequences of smoking, narcotic’s and alcohol abuse.

Each module is assessed by; a short written test, verbal progress assessment or a project assignment.