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Nucleus STEM Science Curriculum

Within the STEM science curriculum students within the Nucleus Gifted STEM Stream will be studying Science in its three discrete components: Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught by teachers who are specialists in these subjects.

As well as studying the knowledge required to gain a concrete understanding of the topics, students will also be completing independent investigative projects at the end of every half term.  This will allow students to develop a thorough understanding of the scientific method and how to test a hypothesis which leads to a conclusion.

Year 7 STEM Science

Term 

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

1

Introduction to Biology
Cell biology: microscopy, prokaryote and eukaryote cell

Introduction to Chemistry
Particle model: solids, liquids and gases

Introduction to Physics
Matter: pressure in liquids and gases

2

Cell biology: structural organisation
Biological Processes: Digestion

Particle model: Separation techniques

Periodic table: Atoms and Elements

Space: gravity, weight and mass, seasons, measuring the size of the universe

3

Biological Processes: Respiration and energy needs, enzyme action and respiratory function

Periodic table: reactivity of elements, properties of elements, the periodic table

Space: gravity, weight and mass, seasons, measuring the size of the universe

4

Biological Processes: skeletal and muscular systems, effect of drugs on the body
Reproduction: Reproductive systems

Chemical reactions: Acids and alkalis, neutralisation reactions.

Forces and motion: force diagrams, interactions of forces

5

Reproduction: menstruation, fertilisation and gestation, inheritance and genetic material

Chemical reactions: Chemical equations, reactivity series, metalic properties

Forces and motion: kinetics and motion

6

Ecology: feeding relationships and biodiversity

Investigative skills

Energy: energy transfers and stores, thermal energy, power, fuels

Year 8 STEM Science

Term

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

1

Disease: microbes and prevention of disease

Bonding: Types of bond and structures

Forces in action: moments, Hooke’s law, mechanical systems

2

Biological response: nervous system and homeostasis

Bonding: energy in reactions

Waves and Radioactivity: sound waves, properties of waves, Ionising radiation

3

Genetics: DNA and cell division

Earth and Atmosphere: The structure of the Earth and composition of the atmosphere

Light: Interaction of light with materials

4

Photosynthesis: process and limiting factors

Energetics and Rates: Rates of reaction and collision theory

Light: reflection, refraction and diffraction

5

Photosynthesis: structure of plant organisms

Chemical calculations: moles and mass in reactions

Electricity: current and potential difference, resistance, static electricity

6

Reproduction in plants

Chemical calculations: titration reactions

Electromagnetism: magnetic fields, motors and generators 

 

 

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