Science at KS3

Faculty
Science
Department
Science
Level
Key Stage 3
Head of Faculty
S. Owen

Students follow a bespoke programme aligned with the National Curriculum which enables them to develop investigative approaches to Science and nurture a thirst for knowledge.

Students complete a range of topics that draw from all three Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics – which provide the foundations they need to make excellent progress at KS4. The focus of every lesson will be one or more of the science skill sets highlighted on the Science Learning Ladder (knowledge, experimental, analysis, math, literacy).

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 7

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Working scientifically.  
Autumn 2 Particles and Cells. Baseline test. End of unit test.
Spring 1 Forces.
Atoms, elements and compounds.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
Spring 2 Chemical reactions.
Sound.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
Summer 1 Body Systems. End of unit test.
Summer 2 Light. End of unit test.

 

Year 8

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Electricity and magnetism.
Reproduction.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
Autumn 2 Acids and Alkalis.
Health and Lifestyle.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
Spring 1 The Periodic Table.
Space.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
Spring 2 Separation techniques. End of unit test.
Summer 1 Ecosystems. End of unit test.
Summer 2 Energy. End of unit test.

 

Year 9

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Adaptation and Inheritance (Biology)
Metals and Acids (Chemistry)
Motion and Pressure (Physics)
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
Autumn 2 Adaptation and Inheritance (Biology)
Metals and Acids (Chemistry)
Motion and Pressure (Physics)
End of Key Stage 3 test.
End of unit tests.
Spring 1 GCSE curriculum starts in Science:
Cell structure and transport (Biology)
Atomic structure (Chemistry)
Conservation and dissipation of energy (Physics)
End of unit test
End of unit test
End of unit test
Spring 2 Cell structure and transport (Biology)
Atomic structure (Chemistry)
Conservation and dissipation of energy (Physics)
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
Summer 1 Cell division (Biology)
The periodic table (Chemistry)
Energy transfer by heating (Physics)
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
Summer 2 Cell division (Biology)
The periodic table (Chemistry)
Energy transfer by heating (Physics)
End of Year 9 GCSE mock exam.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.
End of unit test.

 

Extended Learning

Year 7

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
kerboodle.com;
bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Activate workbooks;
Activate 1, Activate 2.
Science museum, Natural History museum, Science
documentaries, local nature reserves / woodlands.
KS3 Science Club.

 

Year 8

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
kerboodle.com;
bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Activate workbooks;
Activate 1, Activate 2
Science Museum, Natural
History Museum, Science
documentaries, local nature
reserves / woodlands.
KS3 Science Club

 

Year 9

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
kerboodle.com;
bbc.co.uk/bitesize
Activate workbooks;
Activate 1, Activate 2.
Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Science documentaries, local nature reserves / woodlands. KS3 Science Club

 

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