RAK Academy Secondary School

P O Box 975
Ras al Khaimah
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 (0)7 2362441
Fax: +971 (0)7 2362445


Science KS3

The KS3 science course is three years and closely follows the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). At the end of year 9 students undertake the CIE Checkpoint examination.
From September 2012 CIE Checkpoint exams will also form the summative assessments for Year 7 and Year 8 .

The Checkpoint Schemes of work for Years 7,8 and 9 cover the requirements for the single science subjects and sets the standard for starting IGCSE Sciences.

4 lessons a week are dedicated to the subject which ensures adequate time for the course to be undertaken.

Throughout the three years, lessons are very varied and the approach is student centred . To facilitate this, the programme is broken down into discrete years, each with its own student book . Each term students study one topic from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Assessment is at the end of each six week rotation and there are two main examinations each academic year.

Homework is set regularly to enhance learning. It takes the form of simple questions from texts and independent research.
Both of these years are undertaken with the CIE Checkpoint examination in mind at the end of Year 9.

This then sets the standard for starting IGCSE Sciences, as the basis for the single subjects are covered within the Checkpoint Schemes of work for Years 7, 8 & 9.

The Schemes of Work have been modified from the originals suggested by the CIE, so that there is continuation and so the three single sciences are evenly spread for each year.

The course is comfortably covered as there are 4 lessons a week which are adequate for the course.

The lessons throughout the two years are very varied with student - centered work to the fore. To this end, there is much opportunity for practical work and in the best traditions of the Scientific Method, presenting work appropriately to offer valid conclusions.

Students currently are expected to have all the Checkpoint textbooks available in their lessons as subject matter is spread throughout all three texts.

Homework will be set regularly and will entail a variety of styles and techniques, from simple questions from texts to research.

Apart from two examinations per year, there are end of topic/unit tests.

YEAR 7: Checkpoint Science 1


    The characteristics of living things
    Major organ systems
    Living things in their environment
    People and the planet
    Classification and variation

    The states of matter
    Properties of matter and materials
    Acids and alkalis
    Rocks and soil
    Finding the age of the earth

    Force and motion
    Energy transfers
    The Earth and beyond

YEAR 8: Checkpoint Science 2


    How plants grow
    A healthy diet
    The circulatory system
    The respiratory system
    Reproduction in humans
    Diet, drugs and disease

    The particle theory
    Element and atoms
    Elements, compound and mixtures
    Metals and non-metals
    Chemistry in everyday life


YEAR 9: Checkpoint Science 3

    Reproduction in flowering plants
    Adapting to a habitat
    Human influences on the environment
    Classification and variation

    The structure of the atom
    The periodic table
    Endothermic and exothermic reactions
    Patterns of reactivity
    Preparing common salts
    Rates of reaction

    Turning on a pivot
    Heat energy transfers
    World energy needs