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Key Stage 3 Overview

There are 4 lessons per week. Students are taught in groups of similar ability and the order of topics studied throughout the year will depend on which half of the year students are in.

Homework is given each week and students are tested on skills development during each topic, and on content at the end of each topic. Learning Logs are used by teachers to assess progress through individual units.

Our schemes provide the opportunity for a lot of practical work to allow our students to develop into scientists of the future. Students are encouraged to be independent learners and are also expected to work in small groups and to carry out experiments carefully and safely. The skills of planning, observing, analysing and evaluating are developed throughout the course and are assessed by teachers. Students will also complete tasks related to risks, variables, apparatus, graphs, trends, modelling and ideas.

A high standard of work is expected from each student, and we aim to make science lessons interesting, relevant to everyday situations and enjoyable.

Year 7

  • Forces – speed and gravity
  • Electrical circuits
  • Sound and light
  • Particle model
  • Separating mixtures
  • Metals and non-metals,
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Earth structure
  • Universe
  • Cells
  • Movement
  • Interdependence in ecosystems
  • Plant reproduction
  • Variation
  • Human reproduction

Year 8

  • Contact forces and pressure
  • Magnets and electromagnets
  • Heating and cooling
  • Wave effects and properties
  • Element and the Periodic table
  • Chemical energy
  • Chemical reactions
  • Climate and Earth’s resources
  • Breathing
  • Digestion
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Evolution
  • Inheritance

Year 9

  • BU1. Cells (structure and transport)
  • CU1. Atomic structure & periodic table
  • PU1. Energy
  • BU4. Bioenergetics
  • CU2. Bonding and structures
  • PU6. Waves
  • BU6. Variation and evolution