Science

KS3

 Key stage 3 (KS3) Science focuses on the big scientific ideas. The generalisations, principles and models which connect concepts in biology, chemistry and physics are the basis for the syllabus at KS3. The syllabus is designed to allow students to learn to see the world analytically, to explain phenomena and make predictions – all skills they need for their next stage of scientific learning. 

Content is organised under 10 big idea headings: Forces, Electromagnetism, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystems and Genes. An overview of when topics will be studied is shown below.

  

Year 7

Organisms

Forces

Matter

Ecosystems

Energy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 8

Reactions

Waves

Genes

Earth

Electromagnets

 

 

 

 

    Pupils will be formally assessed once every half term by sitting an end of unit test. The test will exam pupils understanding of the content they have learnt that half term as well as any scientific skills they have developed during this time.