Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 & 9)
In Key Stage 3, science is a hands-on, practical based subject that is primarily taught through performing experiments and experiencing scientific phenomena first hand. In science, students are encouraged to ask questions, hypothesize, design investigations and formulate conclusions. Learning is inquiry based and an emphasis is placed on skills.
The major aims of Science at Network International School are to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in science; to develop an interest in and care for the environment; and to provide a sound foundation in knowledge and practical skills.
Year 7 students study: laboratory safety, acids and alkalis, systems, energy and sustainable living, separating mixtures, reproduction, electric circuits, states of matter, ecology, forces and classification.
In Year 8, focus moves to: food and digestion, heat transfer, water, respiration, forces and motion, elements and compounds, microbes and disease, light, chemical equations, population, materials, sound and tectonics.
In Year 9, students learn about: energy, inheritance and variation, static electricity, energy, the reactivity series, exercise and health, speed, coordination and response, metals and crime scene investigations.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
Students have the choice of taking either Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences or Cambridge IGCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Cambridge IGCSE Co-ordinated Sciences, is a double award, earning two grades. Cambridge IGCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics, earning three grades and they will be awarded these separately.
Both Science courses gives learners the opportunity to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics within a cross-referenced, scientifically coherent syllabus. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of each subject through a mix of theoretical and practical studies, while also developing an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study.
They learn how science is studied and practised, and become aware that the results of scientific research can have both good and bad effects on individuals, communities and the environment. As well as focusing on the individual sciences, the syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments.
Long Term Plans
The long term plans set out the programmes of study for the whole academic year and enables parents to see the topics being studied term by term.