Science in Year 7 and 8
Science is taught to students in Year 7 and Year 8. Understanding Science is fundamental to our understanding of the world around us and our future lives as we seek to find solutions to global problems such as climate change and disease. Advances in medical diagnosis and treatment; sustainable energy supplies; and new technologies are only possible when we have a solid understanding of core scientific principles. At Stratford Girls’ Grammar School, teaching is carried out by specialist staff with wide scientific backgrounds and is supported by a dedicated team of technicians. We aim to stimulate and encourage curiosity, interest and enjoyment through engaging lessons which are relevant for life today.
Key Stage 3 Curriculum:
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is taught over two years before progressing to separate Science GCSE courses. Students in Year 7 and Year 8 follow the AQA KS3 Science Syllabus using material from the AQA Activate scheme of work. They are introduced to 10 key scientific themes which are re-visited across the course, allowing them to develop understanding which can help them apply their knowledge to unfamiliar contexts. Complexity is gradually built each time a theme is revisited and links between the different strands of Science are shown, allowing students to develop a holistic understanding of what Science is.
Practical work is central to many lessons throughout Science as students learn to work in ways similar to scientists. Through these activities, students are taught to analyse, communicate, enquire and solve. Safe and effective laboratory procedures are core parts of the course, allowing students to develop the practical skills they will need for higher level Science qualifications and future careers.
The Science curriculum is further enhanced through a variety of extra-curricular activities. In recent years we have taken part in the Living Eggs project, run a series of special events for Science Week and run a lunchtime Science club. We have previously taken part in competitions such as the Salters’ Festival of Chemistry. Students are also encouraged to take an active interest in current scientific events as well as engaging with historical events such as through the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.