Autumn Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • The ‘Lulworth Oil Spill Project’.
  • Analysing the density of different liquids.
  • Studing ecosystems, and examining how an oil spill could affect food chains and food pyramids within a habitat.
  • Investigating photosynthesis and the different factors that affect the rate of photosynthesis.
  • Investigating the mammalian respiratory system and apply this information to analysing SCUBA kits.
  • Studying pressure in liquids and infer how this can affect SCUBA divers.
  • Studying the rock cycle and researching the formation of Lulworth Cove.
  • Writing a report on how to minimise the environmental impact of disasters such as oil spills.

Autumn Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Completing the ‘Grand Designs Project’.
  • Planning an outline for a self-build home to develop an understanding of measurement units, dimensions and spatial awareness.
  • Investigating the energy transfers that occur within different appliances in our homes.
  • Developing ideas that we could implement to use electromagnetic induction in order to produce electricity for our homes.
  • Seeking methods that make energy production more sustainable.

Spring Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Developing ideas about electrical safety and circuit building.
  • Designing parallel and series circuits for the self- build plans so that student’s house designs have efficient and practical electrics.
  • Studying how electricity bills are generated and calculating the costs fuelling a home.
  • Investigating the energy consumption of different appliances and using this information to calculate the efficiency of the appliances.

Spring Term 2:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Completing the ‘Zombie apocalypse’ Project
  • Investigating the features of the different disease – causing microorganisms.
  • Exploring the types of disease caused by each type of microorganism.
  • Exploring how the diseases caused by microorganisms are transmitted within populations.
  • Studying the physical and internal barriers humans have against disease.
  • Explaining how different types of white blood cell are involved in immunity.
  • Looking at how vaccinations work.
  • Researching how the consequences of epidemics have affected humans throughout history.

Summer Term 1:

Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • Studying the arrangement of DNA, genes and chromosomes.
  • Differentiating between infectious diseases, diseases caused by environmental factors, and diseases caused by the inheritance of genetic factors.
  • Analysing environmental and genetic variation between humans.
  • Determining how variation between organisms combined with genetic mutations during gamete formation can lead to the evolution of a species.
  • Applying information on evolution to the antibiotic resistance of bacteria and the development of superbugs such MRSA in hospitals.

Summer Term 2: Your child will be studying and focusing on:

  • The ‘Robotics Project’
  • Investigating the extraction of different metals and the suitability of materials for specific jobs
  • Defining different types of energy and their transfers
  • Revising the scientific content, knowledge and understanding covered in Year 8
  • Consolidating the skills learned in Year 8
  • Sitting an end of Year 8 assessment
  • Completing intervention based on the end of Year 8 assessment

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Contact the Science Department

Phone: 01202 774650
Email: amarkar@leaf.bournemouth.sch.uk