Science - Year 8

Overview of the year:

In Year 8 students have 6 lessons of Science a fortnight. Students are taught in mixed ability groups. They will study topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics which follow on from those taught in Year 7, continuing to build the foundations towards GCSE Science. They will complete 2 exam windows during the year. Students are expected to bring to each lesson a pen, pencil, ruler and scientific calculator.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Working Scientifically  
Students will continue to develop Scientific enquiry skills. They will plan investigations, draw and label equipment, identify variables, present and interpret data and evaluate practical procedures. 
ST1 will assess Working Scientifically Skills.

ALL topics from Year 7 AND 8 (except for B6 & P6) will be assessed in the end of Year 8 exam taken in the ST2 examination window.  
B4 - Plants and Photosynthesis  
Students will learn about structures within the plant and explain how plants make their own food through photosynthesis. They will also explore factors that are essential for healthy plant growth. Students will learn about how living things are linked through food chains and food webs.  
B5 - Health  
Students will explore all aspects of health in humans, such as microbial disease, poor diets and the effects of drugs and alcohol.  
B6 - Respiration  
Students will learn about how living things release energy from respiration. They will discuss how respiration in yeast is useful in bread and beer making.  
C4 - Elements, Compounds & Mixtures  
Students will learn about how particles make up elements, compounds and mixtures. They will look at the structure of the atom and how to write chemical formulae and equations.  
C5 - Metals and their Reactions  
Students will look at properties of metals and their reactions with water, oxygen and acid. They will use practical work to determine how reactive different metals are and they will use this knowledge to explain how metals can be extracted from their ores.  
P4 - Electricity & Magnetism  
Students will use practical skills to develop their understanding of electrical circuits and be able to determine the current and voltage within series and parallel circuits. They will also build upon the P1 topic (from Year 7) and learn about the forces of magnetism and their uses.  
P5 - Light  
Students will learn about the way light behaves in terms of reflection, refraction and dispersion. They will be expected to draw accurate ray diagrams in their work. A pencil, ruler and protractor are essential for this topic.  
P6 - Sound  
Students will learn about how sound waves are generated and how sound can vary in terms of pitch and loudness. They will be expected to name certain parts of the ear and explain how they work.  

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