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St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School

Science

Year 7 

Term 1 

Forces 1 

  • Speed 
  • Gravity 

Electromagnets 1 

  • Circuits 
  • Components 
  • Current and Voltage 
  • Potential Difference 

Term 2 

Energy 1 

  • Food and Fuels 
  • Energy Sources 
  • Energy and Power 
  • Energy Addsup 
  • Energy Dissipation 

Waves 1 

  • Sound waves and speed 
  • Loudness and Amplitude 
  • Frequency and Pitch 
  • The Ear and Hearing 
  • Light 
  • Reflection 
  • Refraction 
  • The Eye and Vision 
  • Colour 

Term 3 

Matter 1 

  • The Particle Model 
  • Staes of Matter
  • Melting and freezing
  • Boiling
  • Changes of State
  • Diffucion
  • Gas Pressure
  • Inside Particles
  • Pure Substances and Mixtures
  • Solutions
  • Solubility
  • Filtration
  • Evaporation and distillation
  • Chromatography

Reactions 1

  • Chemical Reactions
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Indicators and pH
  • Acid Strength
  • Neutralisation
  • Making Salts
  • Elements
  • Reactions of Metals and Non-metals
  • Metals and Acids
  • Metals and Oxygen
  • Metals and water
  • Displacement reactions

Term 4

Earth 1

  • The structure of the Earth
  • Sedimentary Rocks
  • Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Ceramics
  • The Night Sky
  • The Solar System
  • The Earth
  • The Moon and Changing ideas

Organisms 1

  • Levels of organisation
  • The Skeleton
  • Movement of Joints
  • Movement muscles
  • Observing Cells
  • Plant and Animal Cells 
  • Specialised Cells
  • Movement of Substances
  • Uni-cellular organisms

Term 5

Ecosystems 1

  • Food chains and Webs
  • Disruption to feeding systems
  • Ecoystems
  • Competition
  • Flowers and Pollination
  • Fertilisation and Germination
  • Seed Dispersal

Term 6

Genes 1

  • Variation
  • Continuous and Discontinuous
  • Adapting to change
  • Adolescence
  • Reproductive system
  • Fertilisation and implantation
  • Development of a foetus
  • The Menstrual cycle 

Assessment 

Pupils will be assessed at the end of each Topic with a short Topic Test. They are also assessed in the End of Year tests which will cover all Topics taught up until that point 

Year 8 

Term 1 

Genes 1 

  • Variation 
  • Continuous and Discontinuous 
  • Adapting to change 
  • Adolescence 
  • Reproductive system 
  • Fertilisation and implantation 
  • Development of a foetus 
  • The Menstrual cycle 

Electromagnets 1 

  • Circuits
  • Components
  • Current and Voltage
  • Potential Difference

Term 2

Forces 2

  • Friction and Drag
  • Squashing and Stretching
  • Turing Forces
  • Pressure in Gas
  • Pressure in Liquids
  • Stress on Solids

Electromagnets 2

  • Magnets and Magnetic Fields
  • Electromagnets
  • Using Electromagnets

Term 3

Energy 2

  • Work Energy and Machines
  • Energy and Temperature
  • Energy transfer: Particles
  • Energy transfer: radiation and Insulation

Waves 2

  • Sound Waves, Water waves and Energy
  • Radiation and Energy
  • Modelling Waves

Term 4

Matter 2

  • Elements
  • Atoms
  • Compounds
  • Chemical Formulae
  • Polymers
  • The Periodic Table
  • Group 1
  • Group 7
  • Group 0

Reactions 2

  • Atoms in Chemical Reactions 
  • Combustion
  • Thermal Decomposition
  • Conservation of mass
  • Exo- and Endothermic Reactions
  • Energy Level Diagrams
  • Bond Energies

Term 5

Earth 2

  • Global Warming
  • The Carbon Cycle
  • Climate Change
  • Extracting Metals
  • Recycling

Organisms 2

  • Gas exchange
  • Breathing
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Nutrients
  • Food Tests
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • Digestive System
  • Bacteria and enzymes in digestion

Term 6

Ecosystems 2

  • Aerobic Respiration
  • Anaerobic Respiration
  • Biotechnology
  • Photosynthesis
  • Leaves
  • Investigating Photsynthesis
  • Plant Minerals

Genes 2

  • Natural Selection
  • Charles Darwin
  • Extinction
  • Preserving Biodiversity
  • Inheritance
  • DNA
  • Genetics
  • Genetic modification 

Assessment 

Pupils will be assessed at the end of each Topic with a short Topic Test. They are also assessed in the End of Year tests which will cover all Topics taught up until that point 

What will I gain from studying Science? 

You will gain 

  • a knowledge and Understanding of a range of scientific topics that can be applied to everyday situations. 
  • a range of investigative skills and how to apply them. 
  • an inquisitive mind that what to know more about how Science and ‘Stuff’ works 

Pathways this course can lead to 

There are direct Links to GCSE and then onto A levels in Chemistry, Biology and Physics. This can eventually lead to an extremely wide range of Jobs or University courses. (Sports Coaching, Physiotherapy, Leisure Industry, chemists, Doctors, Nurses, Veterinary Science, Research Scientists, Lab Technicians,