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Ever wonder “why”? Why grass is green? Why are fireworks different colours? Why can’t you walk on water? If you haven’t, why not?

You can’t stumble through life with your eyes closed. Open them, look around and start asking questions. Science is the subject that can help you answer these questions. Scientists want you to ask them ‘why’. They want you to challenge what they are saying. But they what you to prove your point of view.

In Science lessons at Ashington Academy you will learn how to collect this evidence, work out what it means and then how communicate what you have found out. You will learn the fundamental rules that control how everything around you fits together. You will even learn that even though we know a lot, we still want to find out more. Could you be the next scientist to discover something new? Will you be famous and be remembered forever, like Newton, Curie, Hawking? Science at Ashington Academy will start you on this exciting journey.

Science is really important to our society. Anyone who can achieve good science qualifications has many great career choices and interesting jobs open to them in their future. Fun, interesting and useful. What’s not to like?

It is a fun subject because you do practicals so you learn things by doing them. It will give you a lot of facts and every lesson you will learn.
Jed Bird, Year 7 student

Year 7

Learning outcomes

Year 7 is the start of Key Stage 3. It is also the first time many students will experience formal Science lessons, taught by specialist teachers, often in laboratories rather than classrooms.

Student s will cover a range of different topics. Fundamental concepts will be introduced, ideas that will be developed in subsequent years. Teaching is underpinned by the development of skills that are necessary for future exam success. Students will learn to think like a scientist. Gathering evidence to support or disprove an idea, learning how to interpret their data and how to present their findings.

Topics taught

  • Introduction to Science 
  • Particles and Matter 
  • Cells 
  • Force
  • Reproduction
  • Elements, compounds and mixture 
  • Energy
  •  Ecosystems
  •  Separating techniques
  •  Sound
  •  Acids and alkalis
  •  The solar system

Year 8

Learning outcomes

Year 8 is the final year of KS3. Student s will learn about a number of new topics. In common with year 7 students will learn a number of fundamental concepts, and further develop their practical and reasoning skills. Knowledge from year 7 will be reviewed and consolidated and year 8 work will be assessed as students prepare for the start of their GCSE course.

Topics taught

  • Keeping healthy
  • The periodic table
  • Electricity
  • Chemical reactions
  • Light
  • Heating and cooling
  • Movement and breathing
  • Photosynthesis and respiration
  • Magnets
  • Work
  • Chemistry of our Earth
  • Evolution and inheritance

Year 9

Learning outcomes

This is the start of the GCSE course.

Work covered in the first lesson of Year 9 could be examined in a GCSE exam at the end of year 11. In order to improve their chance of a successful outcome, students are expected to process, understand and remember large amounts of subject content throughout this year. Regular assessments will support this learning. In addition to new content student will build on practical skills from Key Stage 3

Topics taught

  • Cell structure and function
  • Atomic structure and the periodic table
  • Energy
  • Tissues and organs
  • Structure and bonding
  • Particle and matte
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Electricity

Year 10

Learning outcomes

Students are expected to process, understand and remember large amounts of subject content throughout this year. Regular assessments will be used to support learning. Content from year 9 will not be revisited in detail, but will be assessed too. By the end of this year student will have covered much of their GCSE course and must work hard to retain this knowledge. Practical skills are further developed.

Topics taught

  • Plants and photosynthesis
  • Quantitative Chemistry
  • Electricity
  • Infection and response
  • Chemical changes and electrolysis
  • Radioactivity
  • Ecology
  • Energy changes, rates and equilibrium
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Organic chemistry
  • Waves and the electromagnetic spectrum

Year 11

Learning outcomes

The final GCSE year. Work from year 9 and 10 will be assessed and the outcome of these assessments will be used to inform appropriate intervention. New content is introduced, often building on work covered in previous years. Much of year 11 will be spent consolidating work covered throughout the course, with the aim of preparing students for their GCSE exams.

Topics taught

  • Ecology
  • Energy changes and equilibrium
  • Forces
  • Inheritance and evolution
  • Organic chemistry
  • Electromagnetism
  • The Earth’s resources
  • Nervous system, hormones and homeostasis
  • Space (GCSE Physics only)

What's been happening in the science department recently?

Earlier this year, nine students were treated to an RAF sponsored roadshow. A drone was demonstrated, showing how it is used to collect technical and tactical intelligence during operations. They demonstrated a jet engine and we were able to appreciate the noise and power generated. We were given the opportunity to ask questions about the different roles within the RAF and the GSCE qualifications which would be required. The clear message was that the RAF is a career choice for both girls and boys. Jobs include: medical, logistic, technical and engineering, personnel support, intelligence, force protection and air operations support.

Chemistry
Science is a fun subject and you get to do many experiments in it. You can figure out new things that you didn't know before.
Daniyal Iqbal, Year 7 student