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City of Peterborough Academy

KS3 Science

KS3 Science

Year 7

The Year 7 curriculum is split into three main subject areas with two units in each:

  • Biology: Cells and Organisation, pupils study the building blocks which make up living things including unicellular and multicellular organisms. Eating, Drinking and Breathing, in which pupils learn the science behind a healthy lifestyle.
  • Chemistry: Mixing, dissolving and separating, pupils develop the basic practical techniques. Elements, compounds and reactions, building on the practical skills pupils now investigate the chemical world.
  • Physics: Forces and their effects, pupils explore the forces that control our world. Energy transfer and sound, looks at the fundamental laws which govern the universe.

In line with the new national curriculum there is a specific focus on how science works (using skills and knowledge in practical settings, problem solving and developing reasoning) in each of the three disciplines. Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a love of learning to last a lifetime, raising aspirations and inspiring budding scientists.

Assessment occurs regularly at the end of each unit of work, with an examination at the end of each term.

Year 8

Year 8 pupils build on the solid foundations of Year 7, extending their knowledge and developing their skills. Pupils then follow a scheme of work that will ensure they progress during the journey through KS3 and KS4. Regular assessment ensures that all pupils can track their progress and areas for improvement are easily identifiable. There is a strong focus on practical skills with all pupils regularly participating in engaging experiments. Pupils debate social and ethical issues for modern Britain such as IVF and Genetic Modification.

The year 8 curriculum is split into three main subject areas with two units in each:

  • Biology: Getting the energy your body needs, pupils find out about how we work. Plants and ecosystems, looking at how we fit into the world around us and our impact upon it.
  • Chemistry: Explaining physical changes, practical investigation into how substances behave. Explaining chemical changes, building on work from Year 7 pupils investigate how elements react.
  • Physics: Exploring contact and non-contact forces, student build on Year 7 calculating the effects of forces. Magnetism and electricity, pupils investigate these two closely linked forces.

In line with the new national curriculum there is a specific focus on how science works (using skills and knowledge in practical settings, problem solving and developing reasoning) in each of the three disciplines. Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a love of learning to last a lifetime, raising career aspirations and inspiring budding scientists.

Assessment occurs regularly at the end of each unit of work, with an examination at the end of each term.

Science Staff

Head of Science Mr J Fletcher
Second in Science Mr F Mugova
Teacher of Science Mrs S Ferrara
Teacher of Science Mr A Irving
Teacher of Science Mr H Kennedy
Teacher of Science Mr M Holden
Teacher of Science Miss L Roughton
  Teacher of Science Dr R Marr         
  Teacher of Science and Maths Miss S Convertino