KS3 Science Curriculum
What is KS3 science?
Pupils across Years 7, 8, and 9 follow the National Curriculum guidelines and are taught with the new (2019) KS3 Exploring Science Working Scientifically framework. This scheme of learning provides an engaging and inspiring way to develop pupils’ love of science, while building skills that are critical to GCSE (9–1) success.
Over the three years, pupils will experience over 150 different practical activities introducing them to a full range of skills and techniques in preparation for the GCSE (9-1) Core/required practicals.
Building a foundation in Year 7, Exploring Science encourages pupils to apply knowledge to unfamiliar context, develop evaluation skills and recognise and respond to GCSE-style command words.
As well as enthusing pupils in science, the Exploring Science scheme implements terminology and approaches consistent with mathematical teaching.
Each year pupils will work through 12 units across the three disciplines of science. Exploring Science Working Scientifically provides a seamless progression to Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) Science qualifications. Topics are mapped to Pearson Edexcel’s 11–16 Science Learning Pathway, Entry Level Certificates and GCSE (9–1) specifications.
Year 7 Learning Pathway
|7a - Cells, Tissues, Organs And Systems||7b - Sexual Reproduction In Animals||7c - Muscles And Bones||7d - Ecosystems|
|7e - Mixtures And Separations||7f - Acids And Alkalis||7g - The Particle Model||7h - Atoms, Elements And Compounds|
|7i - Energy||7j - Current Electricity||7k - Forces||
7l - Sound
Year 8 Learning Pathway
|8a - Food And Nutrition||8b - Plants and their Reproduction||8c - Breathing and Respiration||8d - Unicellular Organisms|
|8e - Combustion||8f - The Periodic Table||8g - Metals and their Uses||8h - Rocks|
|8i - Fluids||8j - Light||8k - Energy Transfers||
8l - Earth and Space
Year 9 Learning Pathway
Year 9 is divided into 12 Units. 6 units (A, B, E, F, I and J) complete the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum. There are then 3 units of revision and project work, and 3 units that prepare pupils for the transition to GCSE.
|9A - Genetics And Evolution||9B - Plant Growth||9C - Biology Revision And Projects||9D - Biology Transition To GCSE|
|9E - Making Materials||9F - Reactivity||9G - Chemistry Revision And Projects||9H - Chemistry Transition To GCSE|
|9I - Forces And Motion||9J - Force Fields And Electromagnets||9K - Physics Revision And Projects||9L - Physics Transition To GCSE|
Baselines - a baseline test will be given to all Year 7s at the beginning of the academic year to measure prior learning in primary education and assist with target setting for pupils starting the Exploring Science course.
There are two tests which cover all three sciences and basic practical skills.
End of unit tests, assessment tasks and skills tasks - these are used to measure and support ongoing pupils’ progress against targets, as well as highlighting gaps in the pupils’ knowledge to allow further progression in their learning journey.
End of year tests - these are used to measure pupil progress at the end of the academic year and identify where strengths and areas for development are in the following year.