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Year 7 Science

Autumn

In Science, pupils will begin the year studying Chemistry and investigate mixing, dissolving and separating techniques. They start by learning to work safely in the laboratory. Pupils also have the chance to participate in a variety of practical investigations. For example, they will explore the pH scale using universal indicator and litmus paper. Pupils will also discover the Periodic table- atoms, elements and compounds in order to realise what the world around them is made up of. 

In the second half of the term pupils will then move on to studying Biology, where they will learn about Cells and Reproduction. They will observe cell samples such as palisade leaf cells, red blood cells and cheek cells using the microscopes. They study specialised cells and explore how they are adapted to perform their roles. They finish off this topic by looking at reproduction within plants as well as the human reproductive system. Within this, pupils dissect a flower to find all of the parts within the reproductive system, such as the stamen (male) and carpel (female).

Spring

In Spring, pupils will study Physics- in particular, they will learn about forces, light, sound and Space. Within these KPIs pupils have the opportunity to explore ‘Hooke’s Law’ using springs and newton metres. The physics modules incorporate more mathematical skills as the pupils are exposed to formulae. They apply these skills and formulae to solve calculations such as speed = distance ÷ time. These skills are essential and will become embedded as pupils progress up to high school. Children will also have the opportunity to learn all about the universe and even have a go at building their own satellites!

Summer

The Summer term is dedicated to Biology including the KPIs: cells, body systems and reproduction. Here, pupils will learn about nutrition, digestion, respiration and breathing systems. The children will continue to experience a range of exciting practical lessons and even get the chance to dissect some organs! They participate in group projects including looking at how food travels through the human body. Pupils will learn to understand organisms on a cellular level, looking closely at how organs are adapted to their functions; such as the villi in the small intestine and alveoli within the lungs.