Science

Science

The Science KS3 curriculum is designed to prepare pupils for KS4, increase challenge and to make science more relevant to pupils in the modern world. There is a focus on literacy and fieldwork and several aspects of the scientific process are a key part of KS3.

The science department is delivering KS3 with plans incorporating a wide variety of different approaches to learning and fully differentiated work to ensure that the most able are stretched and the less able well supported to ensure that every pupil can achieve.  Pupils will continue to be set according to ability and the use of data will continue to be used by staff and pupils alike to ensure that lessons are appropriately challenging and that pupils are aware of how they can improve and what their next steps will be.

Lessons take an investigative approach to science and involve a mix of literacy, numeracy and data interpretation exercises to prepare pupils for KS4 and to become the next generation of British scientists.

Key equipment

All equipment is provided.

Homework

Homework is set once a week in years 7, 8 and 9.

Biology

Cells and organisation, the skeletal and muscular systems, nutrition and digestion, gas exchange systems, reproduction, health, photosynthesis, respiration, relationships in an ecosystem, inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes.

Chemistry

Particulate nature of matter, atoms, elements and compounds, pure and impure substances, chemical reactions, energetics, the Periodic Table, materials, Earth and the atmosphere.

Physics

Calculation of fuel uses and costs, energy changes and transfers, changes in systems, describing motion, forces, pressure in fluids, balanced forces, motion, waves, current and static electricity, magnetism, energy in matter, space physics.

Working Scientifically

Scientific attitudes, Experimental skills and investigations, Analysis and evaluation, Measurement.

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