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Thirsk School

& Sixth Form College


    In KS3 Science we study the following :

    • building upon the enthusiasm and curiosity developed in key stage two
    • providing pupils with the foundations needed to access the more academic approach in later stages of study
    • using a practical hands –on approach pupils will be introduced to some of the key ideas in science such as the particle theory, how to measure forces and why are we the same but different
    • learning and understanding more key terms, learning further how to carry out investigations analyse data in charts and graphs and relating findings to our peers and others
    • discovering a range of scientific ideas and theories drawn from the main sciences
    • discovering topics in year 7 including next generation, rocks and weathering, particles, solutions, energy, forces, sound, astronomy, electricity and the Jungle
    • discovering topics in year 8 including ,acids and alkalis, rock cycle, mixtures, magnetism, light, heating and cooling, atoms and molecules, saving the planet, and elite athletes
    • focusing in year 9 on making a smooth transition into KS4 and the GCSE courses
    • in year 9 the sciences are taught separately by the subject specialists and topics are chosen to cater for the needs of students at this stage
    • topics such as the patterns of reactivity, for example, are building upon knowledge of metals and deepening  knowledge of their properties, this includes using the reactivity series to make predictions about the chemistry of selected metals required at GCSE

    Assessment :

    • during the course of each topic students self assess and peer assess their work using the guidelines or criteria set in the department
    • verbal feedback is given on all practical work andwill also be peer–assessed and takes place termly
    • home learning will be assessed regularly as much of it will consist of past papers, or activities that prepare you for the more formal written or practical assessments
    • internal assessment via topic tests will receive written feedback so that targets can be reviewed
    • internal assessments take place at the end of each topic, and at the end of the year so that setting and targets can be reviewed

    Learning beyond the classroom :

    • talking to our friends ,parents and grandparents about science in their lives and how it has influenced them e.g. builders, gardeners, miners, cooks, people who work in a science related field;
    • watching the science, astronomy and natural history programs on the television;
    • discussing with our peers the technology described in science fiction films, games or books, and which ones do or do not exist
    • visiting science museums and nature reserves
    • having a go at the experiments you can do (with permission!) at home

    Teachers of KS3 Science :

    Mrs K Walsh - Head of Department

    Miss G Dolan - Head of Year 10

    Mrs R Elliott - SENCO

    Dr D Evans

    Mrs S King

    Mr S Lee

    Mr G Pentland - Head of Sixth Form College

    Miss N Sandhu (maternity)

    Mr D Holmes (maternity cover)

    Mr L Austen - Senior Science Technician

    Mrs F Hutchinson - Science Technician