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Science

SCIENCE

Aims

The Science Department at JHC broadly aims at providing a broad and balanced curriculum accessible to all students, regardless of ability, gender, race or culture; building on the primary curriculum in a continuous and progressive manner. We also aim at providing specialist, well-resourced facilities that are both safe and stimulating for the students to develop their scientific knowledge and understanding and to maintain their level of enthusiasm. We also work to develop our students’ problem solving and investigative skills as well as informed scientific attitudes.

In order to reach their full potential the students must have access to a challenging and varied curriculum, tailored to individual and group needs. The students are encouraged to put knowledge and understanding of the application of science in a social and ethical context and to make critical evaluations.

To achieve these aims the department works to make optimum use of available resources and to fully involve all staff so that ideas and individual expertise can be pooled. The department aspires to build on existing resources and to review current practice in order to allow development to take place.

Curriculum overview

The science curriculum at key stage 3 cuts across the three subject areas of science including biology, chemistry and physics. The topics covered in this programme of studies are clearly set out in each year group.

At Year 7 the students study topics that focus on 17 thematic areas of science; 7 of which are in biology, 5 in chemistry and 5 in physics. The themes in biology include the characteristics of living organisms, major organ systems, cells, micro-organisms, living things in their environment, people & environment and classification. The ones in chemistry are the states of matter, properties of matter and materials, acids and alkalis, rocks and soil and finding the age of earth. And those in physics includes measurements, forces and motion, energy, energy transfer and the earth and beyond.

Similarly, topics bordering on 16 thematic areas of science will be studied at Year 8; 7 of which are in biology, 5 in chemistry and 4 in physics. The biology themes include how plants grow, a healthy diet, digestion, the circulatory system, the reproduction in humans, the diet, drugs and disease. Those in chemistry include the particle theory, elements and atoms; elements, compounds and mixtures, metals and non-metals and chemistry in everyday life. The themes to be looked at in Physics are speed, sound, light and magnetism.

The programme of studies at Year 9 will focus on 19 thematic areas of science; 6 of which are in biology and chemistry each and the remaining 7 are in physics. Among the biology themes are photosynthesis, reproduction in flowering plants, adapting to a habitat, ecosystems, human influence on the environment, classification and variation. The ones in chemistry include the structure of the atom, the periodic table, endothermic and exothermic reactions, patterns of reactivity, preparing common salts and rates of reactions. And those in physics include density, pressure, turning on a pivot, electrostatics, electricity, heat energy transfers and world energy needs.

The table below provides an outline view of the programme of studies at key stage 3 science:

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