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Course overview


Course overview

What do you really want students to understand and do? Our learning goals are the 'Big Scientific Ideas'. These are the concepts and skills from the National Curriculum and Strategy Framework. Below sets out our 11-14 science programme for understanding and motivation. Years 7 and 8 introduce all the Big Ideas. Some are in constant use across the units, while others are further developed in Year 9.

Wikid year 7 (11-12 year olds)


YEAR 7 Forensics Cook! Extinction Electro-mancer A&E Alien
Story A trainee forensic scientist, learning techniques for solving cases Work with famous chefs searching for perfect recipes. Planet TV: persuading audiences to save endangered species A Muggle magician mastering invisible forces A nurse treating emergency patients and babies A planet hunter looking for evidence of extra-terrestrials
Big Ideas taught* Particles
Chemical patterns
Evidence checker
Safe experimenter
Chemical reactions
Energy transfer
Particles
Models
Changing atmosphere
Behaviour
Adaptation
Collaboration
Communicator
Electric current
Magnetism
Voltage
Planner
Cells.
New life
Technology
Interrogator
Solar system
Universe
Force
Analyse
Reason
APP strands taught AF 1, 4,5 AF 1 AF 1, 3 AF1, 4 AF 1, 2 AF 1, 5
Framework (HSW) 1.2ei and 1.2eii
1.2fi and 1.2fii
1.1a1i, 1.1a1ii 1.1ci, 1.1cii,1.1a2i 1.2a, 1.1bi,1.1bii 1.2d1,1.2dii,1.1a2ii
Framework (Content) 3.1, 3.3, 3.1, 3,2, 4.1 2.2 , 2,3 5.1 4.1 2.1 4.2, 5.3
1999 QCA SoW 7e, 7g, 7h 7f, 7g, 7h 7c,7d, 8d 7i, 7j, 8j 7a, 7b, 8c 7i,7k,9j


Wikid year 8 (12-13 year olds)


YEAR 8 Live & kicking Nviz Catastr-
ophe
Pyrotechnics Species at war Studio magic
Student role and mission Trainee sports physiologist, Improving athletes' performance Students campaign to rescue the world from climate catastrophe An earth scientist, working on volcanoes, fossils and dams. Alchemist plots to learn fundamental chemistry. Adventures in ecology, and coping with pandemics. Managing a drummer, with recordings and light shows.
Big Ideas taught* Cells,
Drugs
Planner
Evidence checker
Changing atmosphere
Energy transfer
Energy resources
Theories
Decision making
Dynamic Earth
Weathering
Geological time
Collaboration
Particles
Chemical reactions
Chemical patterns
Safe experimenter
Microbes
Food webs
Models
Technology
Wave energy
Communicator
Interrogator
Reasoner
Framework (HSW) 1.2ei, 1.2eii, 1.2fi, 1.2fii
1.2b
1.1bi,1.1b11 1.a2i,1.1c1, 1.1cii !.2c, 1.2a 1.1a3i 1.1a3ii, 1.1bii
Framework (Content) 2.1 4.1 5.2 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 2.2, 5.1 4.1 (waves)
QCA APP (draft) AF 5 AF 2 AF 3 AF 4 AF 4 AF 1
1999 QCA SoW 8a, 8b, 8c, 9b 7i, 8i 8g, 8h 8e, 8f 8d 8k, 8l
Personal, learning, thinking skills Creative thinkers Independent enquirers / Team workers Effective participators Effective participators / Self managers Independent enquirers Independent enquirers

The learning objectives are fully described in written form in the 'Missions' booklet, available here.

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