Science

Department description

 

Science as a subject has never been more relevant to our society-rarely a day goes by without some Science-related topic appearing on the front pages of a newspaper or on our television screens, whether it’s to do with genetic engineering, global warming or the latest breakthroughs in medical research.

The ICHS key stage 3 Science curriculum aims to engage young learners with a wide variety of scientific concepts and activities that will stimulate their naturally enquiring minds and provide them with the skills and knowledge to become critical consumers of scientific information that they experience in their everyday life. The course seeks to maximally enthuse and engage learners whilst also providing the highest level of challenge and vigour to enable all learners to achieve their full potential. It provides a strong foundation of skills and knowledge across the three disciplines for entry onto the Triple Science GCSE course in year 9.

Throughout key stage 3 we aim to develop scientific skills as well as teaching content. There is a strong emphasis on exploring the applications and implications of science which encourages discussion of some of the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by modern science. Students build on their skills in scientific enquiry through planning, carrying-out, analysing and evaluating investigations and learn to communicate their scientific ideas in a coherent and logical manner.

The course is delivered over two years with students studying the subject over three periods a week and based around the Smart-Science textbook. All students are taught an introductory unit which aims to introduce them to safe working in the laboratory, develop

 

the basic skills needed in Science and instil an understanding of How Science Works.

Students then study a number of Science units. Each unit is largely based on Biology, Chemistry or Physics but links between the Science disciplines and other areas of the curriculum are emphasised where possible. Each unit is designed to allow for practical work and application of theory. Pupil progress can be assessed by end of topic tests, formative assessment tasks or end of project work throughout the Key Stage. This is reported via the school’s progress checks. 

 

Year 7:

  • INTRODUCTION

  • FORCES

  • OLYMPICS (Cross Curricular theme)

  • PARTICLES

  • ENERGY AND ELECTRICITY

  • CITY OF THE FUTURE(Cross Curricular theme)

  • CHEMICAL REACTIONS

  • WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT

  • STAYING ALIVE

  • ECO - SCHOOL (CONSERVATION)

  • EARTH AND SPACE

 

Year 8

  • SYSTEMS FOR SURVIVAL

  • HEATING AND COOLING

  • LIGHT AND SOUND

  • HOW WE STAY HEALTHY

  • WHAT'S IN A REACTION

  • MAGNETISM

  • CHANGING EARTH

  • HOW LIVING THINGS INTERACT

  • INHERITANCE AND SELECTION

  • PRESSURE AND MOMENTS

Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

 
Science Subject Links

 

How Stuff Works 

Scibermonkey

KS3 Bitesize

 
Departments

 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

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Essex IG6 2JB
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