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Year 9 Science

What will my child study in Science during Year 9?

Students in Year 9 are taught in sets according to ability.  Year 9 is a transition from Key Stage 3 to GCSE and, from the beginning of the Spring Term, students start to study material in preparation for their GCSEs in Science.

Students study the following topics in Year 9:

Term 1

Term 2 Term 3

In Year 8 due to Covid-19 the following units were either missed or covered during lockdown, so these will be taught first –

  • Energy
  • Electricity & Magnets
  • Adaptation, Inheritance & Variation
  • Fuels & Renewable energy

Revision of Key Stage 3 units, followed by the end of key Stage 3 Test.

Introduction to GCSE concepts through the following units:

  • Cell Biology
  • Atomic Structure
  • The periodic table.

GCSE Concepts introduced through the following topics –

  • Energy
  • Electricity

Followed by revision prior to the end of year examinations.

The GCSE topics taught during Year 9 will include a number of Required Practical’s. Students will be asked to recall the method for these experiments as well as demonstrating the ability to analyse results. Due to Covid-19 some practical aspects have been modified.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in Science in Year 9?

  • Students will sit a formal test once they have completed the Key Stage 3 curriculum in January. They will also be assessed on the GCSE topics after the completion of each unit and towards the end of the summer term.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 9 in Science?

  • Students will be asked to complete around 45 minutes of homework each week. 

  • Homework may involve finishing a piece of classwork, a research project or learning the meanings or spellings of key words.

  • In later terms it may also involve practice GCSE questions.

How can I support my child to do well in Science during Year 9?

  • Ensure that homework tasks are completed on time.

  • Encourage your child to revisit topics periodically and revise thoroughly before tests.

What equipment may my child need in addition to the standard school equipment?

  • Students are expected to arrive for lessons with a minimum of pen, pencil, ruler, eraser, pencil sharpener and calculator. 
  • Coloured pencils, scissors and glue are also useful items for use in Science.
  • Due to Covid-19 restrictions no equipment will be lent to students.

By the end of the year, what would an 'expert' be able to do in Science?

  • Quickly grasp key ideas and concepts and be able to give a detailed explanation.
  • Apply combinations of these key ideas in new situations.
  • Design, carry out and evaluate experiments that legitimately test out ideas and provide sufficient accurate data to make a conclusion.
  • Identify and describe patterns in data using line graphs without help.
  • Frequently frame questions that can be answered through scientific enquiry.
  • Use models to explain abstract ideas and be able to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.

My child is struggling during the course, what additional help is available to help them keep up?

Information to follow

What work did students complete during the school closures that they may not fully understand?

Information to follow

How will we support those students who were unable to work properly during the school closures and have gaps in their knowledge/understanding?

  • Any gaps in the student’s knowledge or Scientific skills due to lockdown will be identified and addressed throughout the year.

Updated September 2021