Key Stage 3 Science (Third & Shell Form)
- Dr F Ryland (Head of Combined Science)
In the Third Form pupils are taught in form groups with the curriculum providing four periods per week in the form of two double periods (2 x 80 minutes). The programme covers the units:
- Working Scientifically (the scientific method)
- Structure and function of body systems
- Particles and their behaviour
- Elements, atoms and compounds
- Acids and Alkali
As a more detailed illustration, the Reproduction unit is subdivided into the following sections: Adolescence; Reproductive systems; Fertilisation and implantation; Development of a fetus; The menstrual cycle; Flowers and pollination; Fertilisation and germination.
In the Shell Form pupils are taught in form groups with the curriculum providing 5 double periods (80 minutes per fortnight. The programme covers the units:
- Health and lifestyle
- Ecosystem processes
- Adaptation and inheritance
- The Periodic Table
- Separation techniques
- Metals and acids
- The Earth
- Electricity and magnetism
- Motion and pressure
As a more detailed illustration, the Electricity and magnetism unit is subdivided into the following sections: Circuits and current; Potential difference; Charge; Series and parallel; Resistance; Magnets and magnetic fields; Electromagnets.
The Activate Science programme is a very practically-based course. Lessons are usually taught in one of four dedicated Key Stage 3 Science rooms with linked preparation facility and dedicated technicians.