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Ss John Fisher and Thomas More
Roman Catholic High School

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Let all our bright
colours shine.

KS3 Science Curriculum

What is KS3 science? 

Students 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 work provides an engaging and inspiring way to develop students’ love of science, while building skills that are critical to GCSE (9–1) success. 

 

Over the three years, students 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 students 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 students 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 

These topics may be taught in a different order than above, depending on the student’s class and teacher.  

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 

These topics may be taught in a different order than above, depending on the student’s class and teacher.  

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 students 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 

These topics may be taught in a different order than above, depending on the student’s class and teacher.  

Assessment 

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 students 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 students’ progress against targets, as well as highlighting gaps in the students’ knowledge to allow further progression in their learning journey.   

End of year tests - these are used to measure student progress at the end of the academic year and identify where strengths and areas for development are in the following year.