RAK Academy Secondary School
P O Box 975
Ras al Khaimah
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 (0)7 2362441
Fax: +971 (0)7 2362445
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
YEAR 8: Checkpoint Science 2
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