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YearS 7 & 8 

Year 7 and 8 pupils follow the Activate scheme of work which supports the AQA KS3 Science Syllabus. This scheme of work was designed to be compatible with AQA's GCSE courses, which students will study in Years 9, 10 and 11. During these crucial years, the aim is to develop practical skills and understanding of key scientific concepts.

Revision guides are available via ParentPay and from the Science Office in B Block.

You can also access an online revision/homework site (called Kerboodle) by clicking here. Once there you will be prompted for a username, password and institution code. Your username and password are the same as the those that you would use to login to a school PC. Our institution code is "se1".

Every student in Years 7 through to 11 has also been added to at least one of our online groups. These groups operate through the SharePoint site via Office365 and contain a wide range of resources that our science teachers have collated together to support students with their revision. Instructions for accessing our groups can be found here. These groups also incorporate a conversation feature which students are reminded to use responsibly. Any posts result in every member of the group receiving an email (in some cases up to approximately 300 students and teachers). If this feature is used responsibly, this allows for students to obtain support from every student who studies the course, and also every member of staff who teaches the course.

Go Green
Students are formally assessed during Week 6 of each cycle, with more frequent assessment taking place in class and during teachers' assessment of written work. The Science Department have introduced a 'Go Green' initiative which aims to maximise progress after each cycle assessment. After teachers have marked a classes' cycle assessments, a series of Go Green lessons will allow students the opportunity to re-cover their areas for development from the assessment. Students will then re-attempt the questions from the assessment which related to these areas in order to measure their own progress.

Subject Content
These student checklists (produced by AQA) are intended to support students with their revision:

PHYSICS Forces Speed
Contact Forces
Electromagnets Voltage and Resistance
Energy Energy Costs
Energy Transfer
Heating and Cooling
Waves Sound
Wave Effects
Wave Properties
CHEMISTRY Matter Particle Model
Separating Mixtures
Periodic Table
Reactions Metals and Non-metals
Acids and Alkalis
Chemical Energy
Types of Reaction
Earth Earth Structure
Earth Resources
BIOLOGY Organisms Movement
Eco-system Interdependence
Plant Reproduction
Genes Variation
Human Reproduction

Working Scientifically Skills

In order to prepare students for the new GCSE courses in science, we are ensuring that lessons in Year 7 and 8 are already focusing on Working Scientifically skills. These set of skills outline the attributes that students will be expected to demonstrate in their GCSE examinations. These skills were previously assessed through controlled assessment tasks, but these no longer form part of any science-related GCSE courses.

The following student checklists (produced by AQA) aim to help students focus their revision on key Working Scientifically skills:

Analyse patterns
Discuss limitations
Draw conclusions
Present data
Communicate ideas
Construct explanations
Critique claims
Justify opinions
Collect data
Devise questions
Plan variables
Test hypotheses
Estimate risks
Examine consequences
Review theories
Interrogate sources

The Accelerated Learning Group
Student who are in the Accelerated Learning Group (ALG) are expected to complete some summer work before the start of the new academic year. Electronic versions of these documents can be found below.

Task: Choose one activity from each discipline area to carry out during the holiday. Remember that some of them will need parents’ permission, so please ask. Lots of them will require you to evidence your work in a photograph which can be done on your phone. Bring your evidence into your first science class of the year. The best examples of work will be displayed on the ALG exemplar work board - good luck!

Year 7 ALG Summer Work
Year 8 ALG Summer Work