Science at KS3

We firmly believe that ‘if you give us a child at Year 7 we will give you a Scientist at the end of Year 11’. All Science is taught with a positive attitude and with reference to real world examples.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)

The National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 has been introduced to help develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This will be done through different types of science enquiries, considering the uses and implications of science today and for the future. There is one main Attainment Target:
By the end of Key Stage 3, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme of study.

Years 7 & 8

All pupils have three periods of Science in Years 7 and 8. The National Curriculum programme of study is taught through an active experimental and investigative approach, which engages pupils and encourages their full participation.

Topics covered in Year 7

  • Scientific enquiry exercises throughout
  • Cells
  • Organisms and environment
  • Reproduction
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Simple chemical reactions
  • Particles
  • Solutions
  • Forces
  • Energy
  • Space

Topics covered in Year 8

  • Scientific enquiry exercises throughout
  • Food and digestion
  • Respiration
  • Microbes
  • Ecological relationships
  • Atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures
  • Earth and environment
  • Waves
  • Electricity
  • Heating and cooling

In both Years 7 and 8 pupils are monitored and assessed by means of topic tests, enquiry based activities and an end of year examination. Pupils are encouraged to take some responsibility for their own learning by regular self-assessment and target setting, which is recorded on an individual record card. Pupils are also encouraged to consider their use of literacy in science, in terms of addressing spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as by the completion of specific literacy based exercises. In Year 8 teaching groups are organised into five groups. Pupils are placed in appropriate groups based on overall performance in Year 7. Pupils are then more formally ‘set’ at the end of Year 8.

Year 9

The Separate Sciences are taught to all pupils, by specialist teachers. All pupils have one period a week of each Separate Science – Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
All pupils follow the same core scheme of work throughout KS3, regardless of grouping. Assessment of the National Curriculum is related to the Attainment Target and both practical and theory attainment is assessed throughout the Key Stage 3 course. Reporting of this assessment will take place at numerous points through the year, via progress reviews, a parents’ evening and an end of year report.

It should be noted that Year 10 groupings are based only on option choice, not on the results of Key Stage 3 assessments.