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Year 7 Science


Term 1 – So This Is Science!

Scientific method and knowledge can be applied in all facets of life. This topic will introduce students to laboratory equipment and scientific analysis. It will also explore how scientific discoveries have led to a better understanding of the world, looking at the many branches of science.


Students learn to:

  • Describe the Role of Science Laboratory Safety and Procedures
  • Identify, Label and Draw Scientific Equipment
  • Identify the Branches of Science
  • Conduct Simple Scientific Experiments
  • Write Scientific Reports
  • Light a Bunsen Burner Using Correct Safety
  • Procedures Identify Dependant and Independent Variables
  • Define the Terms Accuracy, Reliability and Validity


Term 2 – Living  Things

All living things require certain structure to enable them to function correctly. Students will be investigating what it means to be living and how cells are the building blocks of life.


Students learn to:

  • Characteristics of Living Things
  • Identify Microscope Parts
  • Describe the Function of the Microscope
  • Calculate and describe Magnification
  • Describe and Label Parts of a Cell and Function
  • Distinguish between Unicellular and Multicellular Organisms
  • History of Cells
  • Define Classification
  • Define and Use Keys to Classify


Term 3 – Putting Energy to Use

We use energy in our everyday life in its many forms. This unit will endeavour to explore the various types of energy and its uses that enable us to have a better quality of life.


Students learn to:

  • Define Energy
  • Identify Different Types of Energy
  • Identify Energy Transformations
  • Recall the Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Draw and Construct Simple Circuits
  • Describe the Different Types of Heat Energy
  • Conduct Experiments Using Sound and Light Energy
  • Describe Everyday Energy Transformations
  • Describe the Importance of Energy and Technology on Society


Term 4 – Solids, Liquids and Gases!

The way particles are represented and move is an integral concept in understanding substances. In this unit students will be investigating solids, liquids and gases. They will also discuss the movement of particles and their properties.


Students learn to:

  • Use scientific models
  • Describe matter in terms of particles
  • Relate a change in heat energy to particle movement
  • Explain density in terms of particles
  • Describe some common elements
  • Identify some common compounds
  • Explain why common elements have symbols
  • Describe the difference between substances in terms of particles
  • Uses of different materials in the past and new technologies


Year 8 Science


Term 1 – The Role of the Chemist

Chemicals are found in all aspects of our life, from cleaning products to the chemicals in our body. Students will explore how chemicals are important substances to help us in our everyday lives in maintaining life on Earth.


Students learn to:

  • Define Matter
  • Define Atoms, Elements, Molecules and Compounds
  • Describe Particle Theory
  • Describe the Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • Describe and Explain Changes of State
  • Use the Periodic Table to Classify Elements
  • Describe Mixtures
  • Describe and Conduct Experiments Using Separation Techniques
  • Describe and Conduct Experiments to Demonstrate Simple Chemical Reactions


Term2 – Planet Earth

Planet Earth is a unique part of a larger solar system. Understanding the Earth's structure and its role in the solar system will help develop students' knowledge and understanding of our position in the universe and how it functions.


Students learn to:

  • Describe Our Solar System
  • Describe the Movements of the Planets
  • Describe the Earth's Movement
  • Describe how the Seasons are Formed
  • Describe Some of the Major Features of the Universe
  • Identify and Describe the Structure of the Earth
  • Describe the Atmosphere and its Effect on the Earth
  • Describe the Water Cycle
  • Describe and Observe the Earths Outer Layer


Term 3 – Forces in Nature

Our lives are controlled by forces that enable us to complete everyday tasks. We use technology that has been developed to help enhance our lives using these forces. Without forces life on Earth would be impossible!


Students learn to:

  • Define a Force and its Units
  • Measure Forces Using a Spring Balance
  • Describe and Differentiate Between Contact and Non-Contact Forces
  • Define a Field
  • Describe and Conduct Experiments Using Friction
  • Describe and Conduct Experiments Using Electrostatic Forces
  • Describe and Conduct Experiments Using Magnets
  • Describe and Conduct Experiments Using Gravity
  • Describe and Differentiate Between Weight and Mass


Term 4 – Systems of Life

The human body is a complex structure of systems that work together in a coordinated manner to help us function properly. Similarly plants are also comprised of a number of systems that help them function. This unit will explore in detail both plant and animal systems.


Students learn to:

  • Describe and Differentiate Between Plant and Animal Cells
  • Describe Multicellular Organisms
  • Identify the Need for Tissues, Organs and Systems in the Body
  • Describe the Digestive, Circulatory, Respiratory and Excretory Systems
  • Identify and Describe Plant Systems
  • Describe Photosynthesis and Respiration


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