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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 & Waves   
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. The waves unit will explore the properties and use of different types of waves including those in the electromagnetic spectrum.
Assessment: Energy - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Energy Changes in Systems, Conservation and Dissipation of Energy, National and Global Energy Resources. Waves - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Waves in Air, Fluids and Solids, Electromagnetic WavesKey Words and Terms
Term 4Particle Model of Matter, Atomic Structure & Infection and Response   
Particle Model of Matter revisits changes in state but at a molecular level and looks and the behaviour and energy changes of particles. Atomic Structure explores the different types of radiation from atoms. It will look at their effects, their uses and the hazards that they pose. Students will use mathematical skills to determine the half-life of different types of radiation and furthermore determine how old a substance may be based on the radiation it gives off. 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: Particle Model of Matter - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Changes of State, Particle Model. Atomic Structure - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Atoms and Isotopes, Nuclear Radiation, Hazards and Uses of Radioactive Emissions. Infection & Response - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Coronary Heart Disease, Lifestyle, Cancer, Communicable Diseases.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Organic Chemistry, Chemistry of the Atmosphere & Using Resources   
In Organic Chemistry students will learn about the fractional distillation of crude oil. They will study the structure and function of key organic compounds, such as alkanes, alkenes and alcohols Students will learn that the Earth’s atmosphere is dynamic and forever changing. The causes of these changes are sometimes man-made and sometimes part of many natural cycles. Scientists use very complex software to predict weather and climate change as there are many variables that can influence this. Students will discuss strategies for reducing our negative impact on the environment. Students will then move on to study the earth's natural resources from a chemical perspective. Topics include the treatment of wastewater, life-cycle assessments and recycling.
Assessment: Organic Chemistry - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Crude Oil, Hydrocarbons, Alkanes & Alkenes Chemistry of the Atmosphere - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: Composition and Evolution of the Earth's Atmosphere, Carbon Dioxide and Methane as Greenhouse Gases, Common Atmospheric Pollutants and their Sources. Using Resources - 30 minute end of unit assessment covering: How to treat and obtain water, and how to use less resources.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