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In years 7 to 9 students follow a tailor made KS3 curriculum which provides a solid foundation for GCSE preparation. They are taught all three sciences in mixed ability groups and complete termly assessments to help them prepare for the demands of future examinations.

Biology

Biology is the study of life and living organisms.  It looks at the world from a very small sub-microscopic level up to a global scale.  Biology investigates the ways in which organisms function to stay alive and how they interact with each other and the environment around them. 

Biology is a living subject and there are always new discoveries and developments being made especially in the areas of health and the environment.  Even as you read this there are thousands of chemical reactions taking place in your body which are keeping you alive. 

Chemistry

Chemistry is a practical subject which allows you to observe chemical changes as well as learning some of the higher level skills that can be adapted to be used in a workplace in the 21st century. 

Chemistry investigates the internal structures of the things around us, how the earth has changed since the big bang and carries out lots of experiments.

Physics

Physics is the study of the whole universe.  It begins by suggesting theories to explain the world around us and extends to consider the range from space down to the sub-atomic level.  You will need to use a large range of skills including: logical thinking, practical and experimental skills alongside mathematical and communication skills. 

Physics is at the heart of many scientific breakthroughs, past and present, that have shaped our everyday lives and as a result modern society depends heavily on the contributions made by Physicists.  Where would you be without your mobile phone, iPod, TV or favourite games console? 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Biology

Cells

Organ systems

Reproduction

Health and Lifestyle

Ecosystems

Genetic

Evolution

Chemistry

States of matter

Atomic structure

Mixtures

Acids and alkalis

Chemical Reactions

 

Carbon Chemistry

Earth science

Physics

Space

Waves

Forces

Electricity 

Magnets

 

Energy and motion

History of the Atom

Energy resources

 

How Science Works

 

Enrichment

At The Deanery, enrichment provides an opportunity to run STEM Clubs which are a powerful and enjoyable way to engage our young people with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Current enrichments include:

  • K'Nex club - bridge design - Students learn about thee art and science of bridge building while creating replicas of real-world bridges. 
  • Bronze CREST Awards - Bronze Awards introduce students to project work empowering them to work like real scientists, technologists, engineers or mathematicians. Students choose their own topic and methodologies, giving them complete freedom over their work. (see website for more details
  • Silver CREST Awards - Silver Awards are designed to stretch students and enrich their STEM studies. Students develop their own project idea and gain in-depth experience of the scientific method or engineering design process. (see wesbite for more details)
  • Upcycling - “The act of taking something no longer in use and giving it a second life and new function. In doing so, the finished product often becomes more practical, valuable and beautiful than what it previously was.” Examples of our students work are shown in the gallery at the bottom of the page. 

We have also been very lucky to host a number of external visitors, including: 

  • Greg Foot, BBC science presenter. 
  • Steve Swanson, NASA Astronaut; 
  • "Gases in the Air". A chemistry lecture by Prof Tim Harrison; 
  • Honda workshops. 

 

Knowledge Organisers

Year 7 Knowledge Organisers

Year 8 Knowledge Organisers

Year 9 Knowledge Organisers (to follow)

Grade descriptors - Key Stage 3 to GCSE

Key resources and websites

CGP Revision Guides

YouTube videos

Key Stage 3 Flash cards

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