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Meadowhead School

Meadowhead SchoolAcademy Trust

Science

Our Vision

Our primary goal is to encourage students to enjoy and engage with science and to develop their curiosity and enthusiasm for Science.

  • To promote an understanding of science amongst students to allow them to be scientifically literate.
  • Acquire and apply skills, knowledge and understanding of how science works and its essential role in society.
  • Acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding necessary for progression to further learning; as an 11-18 faculty we want to ensure that students arriving with us in Y7 are retained through all 7 years

 science experiment

"There is a single light of Science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." 

Isaac Asimov

Please click the hyperlinks to access the knowledge organisers  (we aim to have these complete by September 2020)

Key stage 3 - Y7 and Y8

 

Year 7

Year 8

Term 1

Ecosystems big idea:
Interdependence
Plant reproduction
Energy and waves big idea:
Energy transfer
Wave effects and properties
Matter big idea:
Particle model
Elements

Ecosystems big idea:
Respiration 
Photosynthesis
Matter big idea:
Periodic table 
Reactions:
Types of reaction
Forces big idea:
Contact forces 
Speed

Assessment

Y7 assessment paper 1 will cover:
Ecosystems big idea:
Interdependence
Plant reproduction
Energy and waves big idea:
Energy transfer
Wave effects and properties
Matter big idea:
Particle model
Elements

Y8 assessment paper 1 will cover:

Ecosystems big idea:
Respiration 
Photosynthesis
Matter big idea:
Periodic table
Reactions:
Types of reaction
Forces big idea:
Contact forces
Speed

Term 2:

Matter big idea:
Separating mixtures
Reactions big idea:
Acids and alkalis
Genes big idea:
Variation
Human reproduction
Earth and forces big idea:
Gravity
Universe

Genes big idea:
Evolution 
Inheritance 
Reactions big idea:
Metals and non metals
Chemical energy
Electromagnets big idea:
Voltage and resistance
Current, magnets and electromagnets

Assessment

Y7 assessment paper 2 will cover:

Matter big idea:
Separating mixtures
Reactions big idea:
Acids and alkalis
Genes big idea:
Variation
Human reproduction
Earth and forces big idea:
Gravity
Universe

Y8 assessment paper 2 will cover:

Genes big idea:
Evolution
Inheritance
Reactions:
Metals and non metals
Electromagnets big idea:
Voltage and resistance
Current, magnets and electromagnets

Term 3:

Earth and climate big idea:
Earth's structure
Climate
Organisms big idea:
Movement
Cells
Waves - Light and sound big idea:
Light
Sound

Organisms big idea:

Digestion 
Breathing 
Earth big idea:
Earth resources
Energy big idea: 
Heating and cooling 
Energy costs

Key stage 3 - Y9   We will be taking students through GCSE fundamentals this year.

Please make sure you are choosing the knowledge organiser in the correct column for you (Combined Foundation/Combined Higher/Triple)

 

Useful Science Websites

Enrichment

During the course of the school year we have numerous trips and visits, and regularly have presentations and talks by outside speakers. Perhaps the most memorable was the inspirational visit by Dame Helen Sharman to the Science Faculty to speak to our KS3 students.

 Dame Helen Sharman visits Meadowhead

Here is a taste of some of our trips and events:

  • Residential visit to CERN in Switzerland for our KS5 students
  • Residential field study to Malham Tarn in North Yorkshire for our KS5 students
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Christmas lecture at University of Sheffield
  • Each year we host an impressive Science Week. Throughout the week there are a series of talks hosted by various scientific experts with a different topic each day. The week is a big success and in the past has had lots of exciting topics for students to broaden their knowledge in science

STEM club

 

 

We also run a number of after school Science clubs throughout the year including:

  • KS3 STEM club (Y8)
  • KS3 STEM club (Y9/10)
  • Science club (Y7)
  • Science support club (open to Y7-11)
  • Science support clubs for 6th form subjects.

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