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21/01/21

Update to technical issues during Year 10 Parents' and Carers' remote meetings - SchoolCloud tell us that they have now resolved the issue. If the problem should return, please refresh your browser.

21/01/21

Technical Issues - Year 10 Remote Parents' and Carers' Evening. Please accept our apologies for the disruption to these meetings. Please persevere and keep refreshing your browser until the issue has been rectified by SchoolCloud.

18/01/21

Do take a look at our latest Glyn Newsletter: https://t.co/JmNppdGPWD

21/12/20

For all those that might be struggling over the Christmas period, do not forget that there are many organisations out there to help you. Please use our Glyn SHARP page for a huge amount of links to different organisations. https://t.co/yyQm70aWhR . Stay Safe and Stay Well

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16/12/20

Difficult to see but this is the moment yesterday afternoon that 8 Abbey and 8 Tudor took it upon themselves to take the knee for Black Lives Matter at the start of their House Football Final. We are very proud of them. https://t.co/vo1BMJEo1J

11/12/20

'Save the Children' charity Mufti Day today - thank you to Glyn families for your generous donations for such an important charity

11/12/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn Newsletter via this link: https://t.co/Wxvyveo7ti

10/12/20

Friday 11 December is a Mufti Day in aid of Save the Children. Voluntary donations of £2, please. Students may wear their own clothes. Christmas jumpers encouraged! No uniform needed, but please remember face coverings!

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26/11/20

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Extra-Curricular Sport is back! https://t.co/J61DDZqltq

26/11/20

Reminder: INSET Day - Friday 26 November 2020 - school closed for all students.

26/11/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn Newsletter! https://t.co/xAKFoVNWW0

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26/11/20

Looks chilly in Swanage! Year 13 conducting their geography field work today. https://t.co/i4FBv4Ep48

23/11/20

Friday 27 November is a Staff Training Day (INSET) so will be closed to all students on that day.

23/11/20

Do take a look at our Glyn School Newsletter! https://t.co/Mu0q7pcYkv

23/10/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn Newsletter - cricket and sailing successes, plus other uplifting news: https://t.co/wy77UMfd5E

22/10/20

Reminder that Friday 23 October is a Mufti Day - donations of £2 at the school gates to the Glyn PSA gratefully received. Monies raised provide extra resources for the benefit of our students. Thank you.

16/10/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn School Newsletter! https://t.co/B4rAkvn2vS

09/10/20

Our Sixth Form Virtual Open Evening will be held on Thursday 15 October 2020, so please check our website on that date. Sadly, no tours or visits this year, but do join us virtually on 15 Oct!

09/10/20

Do take a look at this week's Glyn Newsletter! https://t.co/1XgfSPFkVH

02/10/20

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Science in Years 7 and 8

Year 7 sequence of lessons

Half Term 1 - Biology - Organisms, Chemistry - Matter

Organisms is one of the easier KS3 year 1 topics. It: introduces cells as the basic biological unit,and cell specialisation.Basic cellular ‘transport’ via diffusion and osmosis are introduced as is whole organism ‘movement’ via the human muscle and skeletal systems. Matter - covers lab safety and exposes students to the majority of lab equipment they will use in science. It enables teachers to instill safe practical routines alongside teaching practical skills that link to theory of all matter being made up of particles in different states. Diffusion is taught in both topics; reinforces links between different science disciplines.

 

Half Term 2 - Chemistry - Earth, Physics - Energy

Earth is again one of the easier KS3 topics. It covers Rocks, the rock cycle, and the topic of Space. Rocks builds on concepts taught in ‘Matter’ i.e. particles, different states of matter. Space is a review of content learnt at KS2 and enables data analysis and calculations with a familiar topic incl.weight vs mass and how weight changes in relation to gravity. Energy covers fuels and fuel types and reinforces links to fuel formation through the rock cycle. Energy also covers energy transfer and efficiency - links to particles and matter, and practices mathematical skills calculating energy efficiency.

 

Half Term 3 - Physics - Electromagnetism, Physics - Waves

Both Physics topics review concepts taught at KS2. There is some new material but for most students this is consolidation of prior learning and consolidating in an investigative environment where key how science works skills are embedded e.g. variables, graph drawing, analysis of results.Both topics provide many opportunities for development of practical investigative and mathematical calculation skills linked to theory. Students will have developed some good basic lab skills during their first term that they can now apply during investigation work carried out in these very practical topics. This helps to reinforce and consolidate skills.

 

Half Term 4 - Chemistry - Reactions, Biology - Genes

Reactions is the hardest of the chemistry topics in year 7 so is left until the end. It is also a heavily practical based topic that requires students to have already developed a good understanding of laboratory safety and effective investigative skills due to the nature of the practicals. The topic covers acids and alkalis; types of reactions; and the reactions of metals. 

Genes builds on KS2 learning about the variation within and between organisms. Mathematical skills are developed within this topic linked to data collection and analysis. Human reproduction is a key part of this topic building upon KS2 learning. This is a sensitive topic for students and so teaching it in the second half enables teachers to have developed a good working relationship and understanding of their students to be aware of the sensitivities and handle questions that come up when this topic is taught.

 

Half Term 5 - Revision and assessments

Assessments are taken at the end of each topic. By half term 5 the majority of the 1st year of the KS3 curriculum will have been taught. Students will have sat eight topic tests. Teaching of the final two topics for the first year of the curriculum will start in this half term and complete in half term 6.

 

Half Term 6 - Physics - Forces, Biology - Ecosystems

Ecosystems reviews and builds on key concepts learnt at KS2 and introduces the basics of theory taught at GCSE.  It is taught during half term 6 to provide opportunities for students to utilise the outdoors to see ‘real life’ examples of food chains and food webs and how interdependence operates. There is also an abundance of flowering plants from which students can make field observations of the different adaptations that plants employ for reproduction. Forces is one of the more challenging KS3 year 1 topics so is left to the end. It also builds on KS2 concepts and builds on the ‘Space’ topic which introduced gravity, mass, weight and links these to how balanced and unbalanced forces results, speed of objects etc. Further opportunities for mathematical skills to be developed through distance-time graphs. 

Year 8 sequence of lessons

Half Term 1 - Biology -Organisms, Chemistry - Matter

Organisms covers the lungs and breathing; and food groups and digestion. These topics will already be familiar to students from KS2 primary curriculum; and is the easiest of the Biology topics in the second year. It is therefore a good entry point for teaching at the start of the second year in the autumn term as the topics build upon prior KS2 learning.Matter covers elements, atoms, compounds, formulae; and the periodic table. This builds on some of the theory covered in the most of the first year chemistry topics and some of the physics topics. It underpins the rest of the chemistry topics in KS3 and forms the basis for the GCSE chemistry course the theory of which is revisited in the first topic of the GCSE course so introducing concepts in KS3 lays the foundation for later GCSE learning.

 

Half Term 2 - Chemistry - Earth, Physics - Energy

Earth builds on KS2 learning and is one of the easier second year topics in terms of the theory (the earth’s atmosphere, the carbon cycle, global warming and recycling). However, it requires a more developed skill set to link ideas together and formulate explanations and evaluations of data that students are exposed to in relation to this topic. Energy is the easiest of the second year Physics topics. It builds on theory and skills learnt in the first year Energy and Forces topics. It underpins later learning in the other KS3 physics topics so is essential to teach in the autumn term. The topic covers balancing forces, levers and pulleys, changes of state and how heat energy is transferred via conduction, convection and radiation.These methods of heat transfer provide underpinning theory for the concepts studied in the Chemistry topic of Global warming and so teaching the topics alongside one another provides easier linking for students across science disciplines.

 

Half Term 3 - Physics - Electromagnetism, Physics - Waves

Both of these Physics topics build upon learning from KS2 and are developed further at KS3 to provide the foundations for these topics at GCSE. There are a number of links between these two topics and so teaching them alongside each other provides easier linking for students. Students learn about magnetic fields, electromagnets, their uses, and have the opportunity to make a loudspeaker. The latter practical ties in well with the sound and hearing lessons that form the first half of the waves topic. Students also learn about the properties of waves and light.

 

Half Term 4 - Chemistry - Reactions, Biology - Ecosystems

The Reactions topic is the hardest ot the Chemistry topics in year 8 and so is left until the end. It builds on previous learning from year 7 & 8 topics in both Chemistry and Physics. Topics covered include types of reactions, energy profile diagrams of exothermic and endothermic reactions, masses in reactions and balancing chemical equations. These topic are an introduction to and the foundation of many of the GCSE paper 1 topics that students will study in years 9 & 10. The Biology topic of Ecosystems is one of the harder year 8 topic and covers the basic theory of Photosynthesis and Respiration laying a Foundation for these topics covered in the GCSE course.The topics include adaptations and limiting factors for photosynthesis, as well as aerobic and anaerobic respiration. The topic also addresses the chemistry behind both processes building on prior learning in Chemistry topics previously studied. Links can thus easily be made to prior KS3 learning.

 

Half Term 5 - Revision and assessments

Assessments are taken at the end of each topic. By half term 5 the majority of the 2nd year of the KS3 curriculum will have been taught. Students will have sat eight topic tests. Teaching of the final two topics for the second year of the curriculum will start in this half term and complete in half term 6.

 

Half Term 6 - Physics - Forces, Biology - Genes

Both topics taught at the end of year 8 are two of the hardest topics in the curriculum. They both introduce GCSE theory (paper 2 topics) and build on prior KS3 learning. The topic of Genes includes adaptations, evolution, genes and inheritance, genetic crosses, and genetic engineering. The topic covers a lot of detailed content and utilises analysis and evaluative skills. The topic of Forces also covers a lot of content and builds on prior KS3 learning. Forces includes: deformation, levers and moments, pressure all of which are introductions to topics learnt at GCSE. The topic necessitates a range of mathematical skills and the ability to carry out numerous calculations often requiring students to rearrange and link formulae to determine answers.