Solway College Solway College

Year 7 Science

Course Description

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Year 7 Science

As your child moves up to secondary school, Year 7 science lessons can change a lot as children start working in labs like proper little scientists. Here’s an insight into what they’ll learn in Year 7 Science

Science is usually taught with an emphasis on experiential learning in Year 7. 

The curriculum includes chemistry, physics and biology an geology, astronomy and Earth science and is designed to build on the topics the children studied at primary school. Children will be working with familiar subjects but the work will be more advanced. They will be working in laboratories, carrying out experiments and recording and analysing their results. This will help the children to develop particular areas of scientific learning:

  • Practical and enquiry skills
  • Critical understanding of evidence
  • Communication

Course Overview

Term 1
Safety in the laboratory

Chemical and material behaviour

Properties and behaviour of matter
Elements in the Periodic Table
Atoms and compounds
Chemical properties and patterns
pH scale for acids, alkalis and bases
Solids, liquids and gases

Term 2
Organisms, behaviour and health

Tissues, organs and body systems
Plant and animal cells
Life processes
Human reproduction, including fertilisation and foetal development
Importance of healthy eating and exercise
Effects of drugs such as tobacco and alcohol
Respiration and breathing
Effects of viruses and bacteria
Variation in living things
Human and animal behaviour
Living things and their habitats
Food chains

Term 3
Suggested activity areas:
Energy, electricity and forces

Renewable energy
Emerging technologies
Electrical circuits
How to measure current and voltage
Force and its effect on objects
Magnetic fields

Term 4
The environment, Earth and the universe

Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock formation
Weathering of rocks
Motions of the sun, moon, stars and planets
Causes of changes in the environment

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