Science – Year 8
Science Curriculum for Year 8
HHS students study eight units in Year 8. Six of these are content units, two from each Science subject, covering the key knowledge and understanding required to move onto GCSE. In addition to these, all our Key Stage 3 classes complete a full scientific investigation and research project every year. These allow students to learn and practise key scientific skills in a range of interesting contexts.
The six subject content units are:
Electricity and Magnetism – This unit introduces students to the behaviour of electrical circuits and magnetic materials.
Different Chemical Reactions – As the name suggests, this unit serves as an introduction to different types of chemical reaction and some of the chemical processes behind them.
Food for Life – This unit covers food, nutrition and the digestive system, as well as the circulatory and breathing systems and how all these interact to sustain life in the human body.
Universe of Physics – A wide-ranging unit that covers material on forces and their effects, space and heat transfer.
Human Health and Disease – This unit looks at different types of microbe, their impact on the human body and how we prevent and treat diseases caused by various pathogens.
Earth and its Atmosphere – This unit looks at the science behind rocks and the various processes and cycles involved in the creation and recycling of rocks in the Earth’s crust, and the formation and changes that have occurred to the atmosphere.
Each of these units is assessed via an end-of-unit test. During each content unit, students will complete a misconception task which will allow them to explore common misconceptions in Science. At the end of the year students will sit an exam that covers material from the whole year.
KS3 Science resources on the Web
Solar system and space: http://www.kidsastronomy.com/
BBC Bitesize Science: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
Electricity generation: http://home.clara.net/darvill/altenerg/
Science revision quizzes: http://www.darvill.clara.net/myon.htm
Animations explaining biological concepts: http://www.kscience.co.uk/applications/index.htm
Flash animations to explain various aspects of science: http://www.kscience.co.uk/animations/anim_1.htm
Revision materials and quizzes: http://www.docbrown.info/
Resources for STEM subjects: http://inteleducationresources.intel.co.uk/index.aspx
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