Science Key Stage 3

KS3 students (year 7 and 8) follow schemes of learning based around the Science National Curriculum framework. Activities that promote key scientific and literacy skills have been built into the schemes.

To support our students with the changing practical requirements of the new Science GCSE, we also deliver CASE lessons (Cognitive Acceleration through Scientific Enquiry) once a fortnight. These allow pupils to develop critical thinking skills that are beneficial to scientific investigations.

Students are taught in mixed ability classes in KS3 as this helps to develop their scientific enquiry skills.

 Part 1 Taught in year 7Part 2 Taught in year 8
Unit A
Forces
GravityContact forcesPressureSpeed
Unit A
Electromagnets
Voltage and resistanceCurrentElectromagnetsMagnetism
Unit B
Energy
Energy costsEnergy transferWorkHeating and cooling
Unit B
Waves
SoundLightWave effectsWave properties
Unit C
Matter
Particle modelSeparating mixturesPeriodic tableElements
Unit C
Reactions
Metals and non-metalsAcids and alkalisChemical energyTypes of reaction
Unit D
Earth
Earth structureUniverseClimateEarth resource
Unit D
Organisms
MovementCellsBreathingDigestion
Unit E
Eco-system
InterdependencePlant reproductionRespirationPhotosynthesis
Unit E
Genes
VariationHuman reproductionEvolutionInheritance