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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? 

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 
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 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.