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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Science
Term 1Cell Biology & Organisation   
Cell Biology explores the structure and nature of cells and how they develop. Organisation explores how cells work together and focuses in particular on how the digestive system and circulatory system functions.
Assessment: Cell Biology - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Cell Structure, Cell Division, Transport in Cells. Organisation - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Principles of Organisation, Animal Tissue, Organs & Organ Systems.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Atomics Structure and the Periodic Table & Bonding, Structure, and the Properties of Matter   
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table focuses on the structure and properties of atoms, elements, compounds and ions. The unit will also explore how the Periodic Table was developed and will look at the properties of the elements in various groups of the Periodic Table. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter looks at the different types of bonding and how these bonds are related to the properties of different substances. It will in particularly focus on polymers, diamond and graphite.
Assessment: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Models of the Atom, Symbols, Relative Atomic Mass, Electronic Charge & Isotopes, Periodic Table. Bonding, Structure, and the Properties of Matter - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Chemical Bonds, How Bonding and Structure are related to the Properties of Substances, Structure and Bonding of Carbon.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Energy & Particle Model of Matter   
The unit of Energy explores how different energy transfers take place and how electricity is made using the National Grid. It will also involve a high demand in the use of numeracy where students will need to be able to analyse data and use equations. Particle Model of Matter revisits changes in state but at a molecular level and looks and the behaviour and energy changes of particles.
Assessment: Energy - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Energy Changes in Systems, Conservation and Dissipation of Energy, National and Global Energy Resources. Particle Model of Matter - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Changes of State, Particle Model.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Bioenergetics & Infection and Response   
Bioenergetics explores how plants function and goes in to depth of how photosynthesis works. It will also look at the respiratory system and how it is affected by exercise. Infection and response focuses on coronary heart disease and other health issues. It will explore various diseases including cancer and will also look at the development of drugs and how vaccines work.
Assessment: Bioenergetics - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Plant Tissue and Organ Systems, Photosynthesis, Respiration. Infection & Response - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Coronary Heart Disease, Lifestyle, Cancer, Communicable Diseases.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Chemical Changes & Waves   
Students will learn about various chemical changes when different substances react. Students will also learn about electrolysis and salt production. The waves unit will explore the properties and use of different types of waves including those in the electromagnetic spectrum.
Assessment: Chemical Changes - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Reactivity of Metals, Reactions of Acids, Electrolysis. Waves - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Waves in Air, Fluids and Solids, Electromagnetic Waves.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6RPAs & Exam Revision   
Students will use this time to go over required practical activities from Year 9 and revise for end of year exam.
Assessment: End of Year Exam consisting of topics students have covered throughout the year.Key Words and Terms
 

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