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KS3 Science

Course Outline

Pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 follow the Science National Curriculum, exploring topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The specific topics taught should develop a secure foundation for the GCSE curriculum delivered in Year 10 and 11.

The course covers both the skills needed for thinking about scientific problems and those needed to process and analyse data (including mathematical skills). Pupils will learn how to approach problems scientifically, with numeracy and literacy at the heart of their learning.

Class 1 / Class 2 / Class 3

Autumn 1

Cells (Biology)

Elements, Atoms, Compounds (Chemistry)

Autumn 2

Forces (Physics)

Structure and Function of Body Systems (Biology)

Spring 1

Acids and Alkalis (Chemistry)

Sound (Physics)

Spring 2

Health and Lifestyles (Biology)

The Periodic Table (Chemistry)

Summer 1

Electricity and Magnetism (Physics)

Ecosystem Processes (Biology)

Summer 2

The Earth (Chemistry)

Motion and Pressure (Physics)

Assessment and feedback

Students will sit a baseline assessment in Science using the GL Assessment package, to assess what level they are initially working at. Each topic within the scheme of work will be assessed using an end of chapter assessment and progress for each half term will be measured and tracked against the baseline data gathered. Termly reports will be provided, detailing your child’s effort and progress within the subject and any areas of improvement needed for your child to reach their full potential in Science.

How parents/carers can help
  • Discuss with your child what they have learnt in Science that week.
  • Talk to your child about developments in Science and Technology that have been covered in the media and how they may relate to their learning in Science lessons. Discuss whether you can trust that the information in the media is reliable or not.
  • Encourage and support your child in completing any independent home learning tasks that have been set. Use the online resources to support you and your child in this.
  • Encourage your child to use the online resources to support them in reinforcing their learning and revising for chapter assessments.
Links to online resources:



3. Any KS3 Science revision videos on YouTube