Pupils will use the processes of forensic science to investigate laboratory safety, the need for evidence and how we ensure that data is accurate and reliable. They will be introduced to the particle theory of matter and use it to explain the differences between solid, liquid and gases. They will explore dissolving and diffusion and different ways of separating mixtures.
Pupils will use the particle model of matter to explain changes of state. Pupils will look at how different methods of heat transfer are used in the kitchen to cook food.
Pupils will explore the difference between physical and chemical change and investigate some simple chemical reactions. They will look at the differences between acids and alkalis and what happens when they are reacted together.
In the context of a hospital pupils will relate the organ systems of the body to the cells tissue that make them up. They will compare plant and animal cells and make cell models. They will learn about human reproduction and the development of the baby during pregnancy. They will be introduced to simple genetics as the mechanism of inheritance.
Pupils will study Earth’s place in the Solar System and the wider Universe and learn that space cannot be measure in terms of simple lengths. They will explore the concept of the day, the year and the seasons as they apply to all planets in the Solar System, as well as developing a wider understanding of the force of gravity.
Pupils will explore the variation amongst living things, as well as the way groups are classified. They will look at the need for a habitat to provide all an animal or plant needs. They will examine the formation of fossils, a simple model of evolution, and why species extinction happens.