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 Science

In line with the school mission and vision: 

The Dukhan English School Science department aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum accessible to all pupils, regardless of ability, gender, race, creed or culture, building on the primary curriculum in a manner that is continuous and progressive. 
We recognise and aim to contribute to the understanding that the school is in the heart of a culturally diverse community that is united by respect and understanding. 
We aim to support the community of students, staff and parents through the delivery of a high quality Science education.  As a department we aim to become trusted and valued partners in this community committed to the learning, development and success of all students. 
We will aim to care for all students by providing specialist, well-resourced facilities that are both safe and stimulating for the pupils to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding and to maintain their level of enthusiasm. 
We aim to inspire and challenge all students through a ‘hands-on’ investigative approach to science lessons that encourage students to strive to do their best and fulfil their potential. 
We recognise and promote the schools commitment to life-long learning, traditional and cultural values and aim to embed these into the science curriculum. 
We aim to provide a science curriculum that encourages all members of our school to be healthy individuals, global citizens, reflective and creative thinkers. 

More specifically: 

We aim to develop in the pupils problem solving and investigative skills as well as informed attitudes. 
In order to reach their full potential the pupils must have access to a challenging and varied curriculum, tailored to individual and group needs. 
Pupils should be encouraged to put knowledge and understanding of the application of Science in a social and ethical context and to make evaluations. 
In all aspects of our classroom experience, we incorporate the best aspects of 21st competencies. Further to this, we are fully aware of the application of our subject in the wider word, therefore we have focus on STEM cross-curricular points to highlight the multifarious extension opportunities that are inherent in our subject. 
We are reflective in our practice and take a collaborative approach to cascading best practice. At all time we are putting the learning process and delivery of effective teaching at our core.

KS3 Science - Overview
In KS3 Science, we stream the teaching of Science so that pupils have access to specialist teaching from the outset and are thus prepared for IGCSE. Within each stream, pupils are divided as accurately as possible through regular formative and summative assessment into ability groups, to help differentiate their learning. 

The Science department believes firmly in learning through doing and therefore ensure all topics incorporate a diverse range of practical’s to help reinforce learned concepts, test theorem and develop scientific inquiry skills.

Chemistry

Biology

Physics

Year 7

1. The particulate nature of matter (Particle Model of Solids, Liquids and Gases)

1. Cells and organisation

1. Forces

2. Atoms, elements, compounds and the Periodic Table

2. Nutrition and Digestion

2. The Solar System and Space

 

3. Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes

3. Heating and Cooling

Year 8

3. Pure and impure substances (Substance Purity and Separating techniques)

4. Photosynthesis

4. Waves – Introduction/Sound and Energy

4. Chemical Reactions (Formulae and Equations)

5. Gas exchange systems     

5. Magnetism

5. Chemical Reactions (Acids and Alkalis)

6. The Skeletal and Muscular Systems

6. Pressure and Moments

 

 

7. Energy and Energy Resources

Year 9

6. Materials (The Reactivity Series and Extraction of Metals)

8. Reproduction

8. Speed and Motion

 

9. Ecology

 


Assessment

In KS3 we take both a formative and summative approach to assessment throughout each year. Pupils are assessed in the following ways:

1.    Assessment for Learning during lessons.

2.    Level-Assessed Badger Task activities.

     3.    End of Topic Tests.

4.    Quizzes/competitions/challenges.

5.    Peer, self and whole class activities

     6.    Scientific Inquiry Tasks

Throughout the year, pupils are encouraged to reflect on their performance in summative end of topic tests by completing a record sheet that is stuck into their exercise book. This forms the basis of a dialogue of areas of improvement between the pupil and teacher.

Pupils are also required to log all attainment data in summative assessments on a tracker sheet stuck in the front of their exercise book, which also details target data based on prior performance. This document enables all stakeholders to be constantly aware of the pupil’s progress.

At the end of the year, pupils sit examinations within each stream based only on each of the topics taught. These examinations will be tailored to the specific ability range of a class. However, all year 9 pupils sit a SATS paper that tests content and skills across KS3.

Click on the links below for more details on content and skills taught within each Science specialism stream:

KS3 Biology Overview

KS3 Chemistry Overview

KS3 Physics Overview