Science Curriculum Plan Y8

Autumn 1:

Space and the universe – pupils will learn about our place in the universe, the structure of our solar system and how the force of gravity holds the universe together.

Separating mixtures –pupils will learn about solubility and how substances can be separated by their physical properties.

Assessment:

Formative assessment of levelled lesson tasks (pupil books).

HSW practical assessment (pupil books).

Summative end of unit assessments (pupil books).

Autumn 2:

Keeping Healthy – pupils will learn about diet, the digestive and cardiovascular systems as well as monitoring the fitness of an individual.

Life and death – pupils will learn about the natural cycles that exist in nature and the impact they have on population dynamics in ecosystems. This includes photosynthesis and respiration.

Assessment:

Formative assessment of levelled lesson tasks (pupil books).

HSW practical assessment (pupil books).

Summative end of unit assessments (pupil books)..

Spring 1:

Microbes and disease – pupils will learn about useful and pathogenic micro-organisms, the cycle of disease and natural and acquired immunity.

Magnetism and electricity generation – pupils will learn about magnetism and its role in generating electricity.

Assessment:

Formative assessment of levelled lesson tasks (pupil books).

HSW practical assessment (pupil books).

Summative end of unit assessments (pupil books).

Spring 2:

Atoms and elements – pupils will learn about the periodic table and how matter is arranged into atoms and elements.

Sound – pupils will learn that sound waves transfer energy from one place to another, they will also learn about the structure and function of the ear.

Assessment:

Formative assessment of levelled lesson tasks (pupil books).

HSW practical assessment (pupil books).

Summative end of unit assessments (pupil books).

Summer 1:

Compounds and mixtures – Pupils will learn that elements react together to form compounds and mixtures are substances that are not chemically joined together and can be separated without chemical change.

Light – pupils will learn about light traveling in straight lines, reflection, refraction and how absorption/reflection by objects determines the colour of an object.

Assessment:

Formative assessment of levelled lesson tasks (pupil books).

HSW practical assessment (pupil books).

Summative end of unit assessments (pupil books).

Summer 2:

Heating and cooling – pupils will learn the distinction between heat and temperature and how thermal energy is transferred by conduction, convection and radiation.

The effect of drugs on the body – pupils will learn about the effects of drugs on the body including smoking and alcohol.

Assessment:

Formative assessment of levelled lesson tasks (pupil books).

HSW practical assessment (pupil books).

Summative end of unit assessments (pupil books).

 

Possible curriculum enrichment trips/learning outside the classroom:

Fiddlers ferry power station or electric mountain

Planetarium Liverpool museum

Jodrell bank observatory

 

SMSC content:

Energy transfers – conservation of fuels and the effects of burning them on the environment – pollution

Global warming

The importance of vaccinations in controlling communicable diseases

Noise and light pollution

 

Careers links:

Ecologist

Astronomer

Immunologist

Microbiologist