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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 labs and each receive a ‘bunsen burner licence’ once they have shown they can use it successfully and safely. Pupils also have the chance to participate in a variety of practical investigations. For example, they will explore distillation using the Liebig Condenser and look into forensic science techniques such as chromatography. 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 the 'Forces and Their Effect' module where they will develop their understanding of forces and motion. Within this topic 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. The second half of the term will see pupils exploring Energy Transfer and Sound. In this unit, pupils will be able to explain the features of sound waves, as well as learning about energy transfers. Pupils will undertake investigations and practical activities about how sound travels.

Summer

The Summer term unit will begin with Chemistry, with pupils learning about atoms, elements and compounds as well as chemical reactions; the Periodic Table and materials. Investigations include burning metals such as magnesium to observe the reaction. Pupils will also have the chance to study ‘flame tests’ to understand the chemical reactions that occur within fireworks. The second half will return to biology with the unit 'Eating, Drinking and Breathing'. Here, pupils will learn about nutrition, digestion, respiration and breathing systems. The children will continue to experience a range of exciting practical lessons. They participate in group projects including looking at how food travels through the human body. They understand this 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.