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The vision of the science department at Merrill Academy is to enthuse and engage students in the amazing subject of science through practical and experiential learning that is tailored to meet their needs. We believe students learn best when they are working collaboratively, asking questions about the world around them and using experiments and other active learning strategies to answer these questions while improving their knowledge and understanding. We have an expert, passionate and dedicated team of professionals who are deeply committed to ensuring the Merrill students achieve their potential in the final examinations and just as importantly leave school with a life-long desire to continue to develop their science learning whether through further and higher education or as a hobby or interest.

From September 2020 we are pleased and excited to announce the introduction of GCSE Triple Science for the 1st time at Merrill Academy. This demonstrates our determination to continually increase the breadth and challenge of the curriculum for students and ensure the maximum number of learning pathways are available to our learners when they leave.

 

KS3 Curriculum plan/map

Year 7

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Term 1

Cells

Seperating Mixtures

Circuits (voltage & resistance / current)

Variation

Particle Model

Energy (transfer/costs)

Term 2

Movement

Acids and alkalis

Sound

Metals & non-metals

Light

Term 3

Interdependence

Earth Structure

Space and Universe

Reproduction (Human/Plant)

Forces and Gravity

 

Year 8

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Term 1

Digestion

Periodic Table

Magnets & Electromagnets

Photosynthesis

Elements

Waves (Properties & effects)

Term 2

Respiration

Chemical Energy

Speed

Breathing

Types of reaction

Pressure

Term 3

Evolution

Climate

Work

Inheritance

Earth's Resources

Heating and Cooling

 

Year 9

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

September

Transition Test (if not done in July Yr8)

Term 1

Cell Biology

Atomic Structure

 

Periodic Table

Term 2

 

Chemical Change

Energy

Quantitative Chem

Term 3

Organisation

 

Particle Model of matter 

Atomic Structure (overlap)

 

KS4 Curriculum plan/map

 

Year 10

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Term 1

Infection & Response

Bonding Structure & Properties

Electricity

Term 2 11W

Homeostasis

Energy Changes Organic chem & Analysis

 

Rate & Extent chem change

Term 3 12W

Bioenergetics

 

Forces

Summer

Year 10 Exams

 

Year 11

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Term 1 15W

Inheritance & variation

Atmosphere

Waves

Evolution

Resources

Term 2

Ecology

Resources

Magnetism

Revision

Revision

Revision

Term 3

Revision

Revision

Revision

Exams

Exams

Exams

How are Students assessed at KS3?

At the beginning of Year 7, all students will sit a Science ‘Baseline’ test covering KS2 topics in order to establish their current level of knowledge and understanding from Primary School Science.

Students will then complete unit tests for the majority of the topics covered during the two year KS3 Science curriculum. These tests will be fairly regular and are likely to take place at least every half term.

The results of these tests will provide evidence for their current level of attainment and predicted grades when making the transition to GCSE Science.

At the end of Year 8, all students will sit a GCSE transition test before starting their GCSE course in Year 9.

How are students assessed at KS4?

Students will have sat a KS3/KS4 transition test at the end of Year 8 in preparation for the start of their GCSE course. All students work towards completing two Science GCSE’s during Years 9-11, with all external exams being completed at the end of Year 11.

In order to track progress throughout the GCSE course, students will complete a topic test in the majority of the units of work. These are short tests of between 30-45 minutes and contain representative GCSE style questions. The results of these assessments will provide the evidence for their current level of attainment and predicted grades for GCSE.

Year 10 complete a Mock Examination in the Summer Term that uses questions from past papers.

Year 11 complete Mock Examinations in the Autumn and Spring Term using past papers and the results are analysed using Pixl to provide personalised targets for students.

Extension Activities / Planned Trips

Autumn term

Tomorrows Engineers workshops and show to Year 8. Energy Busters with Eon workshops for Year 9. STEM Bus workshops for Years 9-11.

Spring term

STEM Week 11-15th March: After school dissection workshop, after school science show for year 7, Northworthy Trust STEM Challenge for Year 8, Smallpiece Trust STEM workshops for Year 9 – Girls focus.

Summer Term

·        Energy Busters with Eon workshops for Year 9.

·        STEM Bus workshops for Years 9-11.

·        Smallpiece STEM workshops encouraging girls into science.

 

Extra Science Links and Documents

 Year 7, Year 8 & Year 9, Tomorrows Engineers Energy Quest Competition


 

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