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Key Stage 3 Science

Science is an exciting compulsory subject taken by all pupils from year 7 (KS3) to year 11 (KS4), where one has the opportunity to learn new theories and concepts.

In September 2014, a new programme of study was launched, incorporating changes to prepare pupils for the new GCSE course due to commence in 2016. The changes include an increasing challenge in literacy and numeracy, and developing enquiry skills to support working scientifically. Regular assessment, tracking and monitoring pupil progress is a crucial part of the programme. A range of activities not only support effective learning but also provide various opportunities for assessment. The bank of questions both in the books and on line resources provide opportunities for different types of written outcomes and different degrees of complexity in each topic so that performance over time can be assessed. Assessment is differentiated, so that all pupils are able to show what they can do. Assessment is not only a challenge, but it also offers an opportunity to make teaching more effective and engaging.

The programme lasts 2.5 years. Year 9 sit their final KS3 exam in February of their final year at KS3. They start KS4 work in March of the same year, in preparation for their GCSE course pursued in year 10.


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

  • Cells – the Building Blocks of Life. 
  • Plant pollination, fertilisation and the reproductive system.
  • Eating, Drinking and Breathing – the digestive system, evaluating gas exchange in humans and Investigating diffusion.
  • Exploring the effects of disease and lifestyle
  • Mixing, Dissolving and Separating of Mixtures
  • Elements, Compounds and Reactions.
  • Laboratory safety
  • Recording experiments
  • Forces and their effects
  • Investigating Hooke’s Law, Speed calculation, Turning forces and the application of moments.
  • Energy Transfers.



  • Sound- Measuring the speed of sound and knowing how sound travels through materials
  • Reflection and absorption of sound
  • Hearing sounds
  • Getting the Energy your Body Needs -
  • The Human Skeleton Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration
  • Investigating fermentation
  • Looking at Plants and Ecosystems

Year 8

  • Explaining Physical Changes - Changing state
  • Evaporation
  • Thermal Expansion
  • Density
  • Exploring Concentration
  • Pressure and Diffusion.
  • Explaining Chemical Changes – Acids, Alkalis, Indicators and Exploring Neutralisation
  • Exploring Contact and Non-Contact Forces - Magnets, static charge, electric fields, gravity and pressure.
  • Magnetism and Electricity
  • Variation for Survival -Exploring the causes of variation
  • Selective breeding
  • Exploring human chromosomes
  • Understanding cloning
  • Our Health and the Effects of Drugs
  • Obtaining Useful Materials
  • Using our Earth Sustainably –
  • Our atmosphere
  • The effects of human activity
  • Carbon cycle
  • Recycling
  • The structure of the earth
  • Rocks and Rock cycle

Year 9

  • Using our Earth Sustainably
  • Motion on Earth and in Space
  • Waves and Energy Transfer


  • Obtaining Useful Materials
  • KS3 Integrated science Revision.
  • Cell Biology - Cell division
  • Cell differentiation
  • Cancer
  • Stem cells and Stem cell banks
  • Photosynthesis Investigating leaves and Diffusion.
  • Moving and changing materials.