SCIENCE GRADE 7

Overview

The Science Syllabus at GEMS Wesgreen International School aims to stimulate a child’s curiosity to gain an understanding of the world around them. Learning opportunities in science allow children to develop reasoning and thinking skills to problem solve, communicate effectively, work cooperatively and use technology to become 21st Century learners. Children learn to ask scientific questions and begin to appreciate the way science will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level. Science is taught in dedicated Science lessons in the Lab and in classrooms.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of the Science Syllabus are to encourage and enable students to:

Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Ongoing Objectives

Throughout each unit the students are given the opportunity to build on the objectives below:

  • To ask simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.
  • To observe closely, using simple equipment.
  • To performing simple tests.
  • To identify and classifying.
  • To use their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • To gather and recording data to help in answering questions.

Blended learning

For blended learning we will provide video links, live demonstrations of practical investigation as well as access to the relevant worksheets and resources that all students will need. This will ensure that regardless whether or not a student is working in school or remotely they will still receive the same quality of teaching.

Introduction

The scheme of work for KS3 Science is based around three terms with three units per term (this will be slightly flexible to incorporate holidays and other events on the school calendar).

Unit Overviews

Term1 Approximate length: 12 weeks

Unit 8.1 Plants

Approximate length: 2 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • The need of plants for carbon dioxide, water and light for photosynthesis and that this process makes biomass and oxygen.                                                                              

Unit 8.2 Food and Digestion

Approximate length: 2 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • The constituents of a balanced diet and the functions of various nutrients.
  • The effects of nutritional deficiencies.
  • The relationship between diet and fitness.
  • The organs and functions of the alimentary canal.
  • The function of enzymes.                                

Unit 8.6 States of Matter

Approximate length: 2 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • Changes of state, gas pressure and diffusion.

Unit 8.11 Sound

Approximate length: 3 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • The properties of sound in terms of movement of air particles.
  • The link between loudness and amplitude, pitch and frequency.
  • Different types of energy.

Unit 8.12 Light

Approximate length: 3 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • How light travels and the formation of shadows.
  • How non-luminous objects are seen.
  • Reflection at a plane surface and using the law of reflection.
  • Refraction at the boundary between air and glass or air and water.
  • The dispersion of white light.
  • Colour addition and subtraction, and the absorption and reflection of coloured light.

Term2 Approximate length: 11 weeks

For blended learning we will provide video links, live demonstrations of practical investigation as well as access to the relevant worksheets and resources that all students will need.

Unit 8.3 The Circulatory System

Approximate length: 2 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • The basic components of the circulatory system and their functions.

Unit 8.4 Respiration

Approximate length: 3 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • Aerobic and Anaerobic respiration.                                                         

Unit 8.7 Elements and Compounds

Approximate length: 3 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • The chemical symbols for the first twenty elements of the Periodic Table.

 Unit 8.8 Mixtures

Approximate length: 3 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • Elements, compounds and mixtures.

Term3 Approximate length: 6 weeks

For blended learning we will provide video links, live demonstrations of practical investigation as well as access to the relevant worksheets and resources that all students will need.

Unit 8.9 Material Changes

Approximate length: 2 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • Changes of state, gas pressure and diffusion.

Unit 8.10 Measuring Motion

Approximate length: 2 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • Speed including interpreting simple distance/time graphs.

Unit 8.13 Magnetism

Approximate length: 2 weeks

In this unit, learners will develop their knowledge of:

  • Magnets, electromagnets and magnetic fields.

Assessment

Formative: Throughout the units, the children will complete graded work, quizzes and investigation activities which allows the teacher to assess the student’s attainment and inform their planning.
For each unit the students complete a pre and post test. This allows us to see progress across the units and to inform our planning.
Summative: At the end of each term we complete internal tests. This allows us to measure the students’ progress throughout the term and year.

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