Science

Biology - Year 8 Course Overview


Autumn Term

• Breathing and Respiratory System
• Coronary Heart Disease
• Health Issues
• Heart and Blood Vessels


Spring Term
• Ecosystems
• Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration
• Photosynthesis
• Ecology


Summer Term
• Genes and Variation
• Evolution
• Genetic Engineering

Chemistry - Year 8 Course Overview

Autumn Term
• Matter
Atoms
Elements
Periodic table
Compounds
Properties of metals
Halogens
Noble gases


Spring Term
• Reactions
Chemical vs Physical
Exothermic and endothermic
Combustion
Thermal decomposition
Conservation of mass
Balancing equations


Summer Term
• Earth
Carbon cycle
Global warming
Recycling
Extraction of metals
Electrolysis

Physics - Year 8 Course Overview


In Year 8 pupils will have one lesson of Physics per week.

Autumn Term
• Electromagnets: Magnetic fields and electromagnetism; applications of electromagnets.
• Waves: Electromagnetic waves; reflection, transmission and absorption of waves; effects of EM waves on objects

Spring Term
• Forces: Resultant forces; pressure; pressure in liquids and gases.

Summer Term
• Energy: Work done and levers; energy transfer; radiation; insulation.

Assessments will take the form of skills based formative assessments (ungraded); knowledge organiser tests approximately every 3 weeks; and 2 short Knowledge tests (October and March) and 2 more rigorous summative tests (December and June). All tests will include content from previous topics.

Year 8 Useful links:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/ks3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/levels/z4kw2hv

 

Revision Links


Muscles: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/organisms_behaviour_health/life_processes/revision/8/

pH/ Acids: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/add_ocr_pre_2011/chemical_synthesis/acidsalkalisrev1.shtml

Elements and compounds: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/chemical_material_behaviour/compounds_mixtures/revision/1/

Magnets: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/z3g8d2p/revision

Electromagnets: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/z3g8d2p/revision/4

Displacement reactions: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/zqwmxnb/revision/3

Planets: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/environment_earth_universe/astronomy_space/revision/1/

Distance-time graphs: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/zwwmxnb/revision/2

Refraction: https://www.bbc.com/education/clips/z7qb9j6

Foetal development: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/z9fgr82/revision/5

Acid reactions: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/chemical_material_behaviour/acids_bases_metals/revision/5/

Kinetic and gravitational potential energy: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/energy_electricity_forces/energy_transfer_storage/revision/2/

Pressure: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/zssbgk7/revision

Hazard symbols: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/edexcel_pre_2011/chemicalreactions/chemicalsinthelabandhomerev2.shtml

Changes of state: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/z2wmxnb/revision/4

Predator/ prey: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/organisms_behaviour_health/food_chains/revision/1/

Food chains and webs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/organisms_behaviour_health/food_chains/revision/1/

Energy transfer/ heat loss: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/energy_electricity_forces/energy_transfer_storage/revision/5/

Fuels: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/zggk87h/revision

Food groups: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/zyjx6sg/revision

Digestive system: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/z9pv34j/revision

Forces: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/energy_electricity_forces/forces/revision/1/

Sound: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/z8d2mp3/revision

Circuits: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/energy_electricity_forces/electric_current_voltage/revision/1/

Muscles: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/organisms_behaviour_health/life_processes/revision/8/

pH/ Acids: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/add_ocr_pre_2011/chemical_synthesis/acidsalkalisrev1.shtml

Elements and compounds: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science/chemical_material_behaviour/compounds_mixtures/revision/1/

Magnets: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/z3g8d2p/revision

Electromagnets: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/z3g8d2p/revision/4

Displacement reactions: https://www.bbc.com/education/guides/zqwmxnb/revision/3


KS3 Revision Guides


The Science department is happy to offer students the opportunity to purchase a KS3 all-in-one revision guide and exam practice book to help support them when they are revising for the end of topic and termly tests that we carry out in Science. They are not compulsory and will not be used in lessons or for homework but we wanted to offer them to students as parents have often mentioned that they wanted to be able to support their children when they are revising at home.

The book is split up into the different topics with sections to revise, questions to check their knowledge and understanding and then a big multi-topic exam (with mark scheme) at the end. We are able to offer it at cost price of £4 whereas it costs up to £8 in the shops or online.

Science is now an AQA department and so students are prepared for their GCSEs from year 7 onwards. The revision guide exam questions are similar in style to the new GCSEs and so this provides additional practice for them.

Revision guides can be purchased through the ParentPay website.