Key stage 3 science

Science at KS3

Our KS3 curriculum aims to build students confidence and skills when carrying out scientific investigations and questioning hypothesis. The curriculum is designed to develop awareness of how science works in the real world, by using a variety of scientific topics and building students confidence in using scientific terminology. Throughout years 7 and 8 students develop their skills in: planning scientific investigations, presenting data in a results tables and graph, forming conclusions and critically evaluating data. In addition to these fundamental skills, students also have the opportunity to evaluate scientific models that are used to represent ideas, as well as engaging in the creation of presentations where they present their own research to an audience.  Our reasoning for embedding these key skills into the curriculum is to develop confident young people who can utilise these essential skills to form their own judgements when presented with data. In addition to the focus on scientific skills, pupils will delve into the ethical issues that arise in science and consider the impact of scientific development within different communities.

Year 9 students follow a themed curriculum that highlights the importance of science in the real world and familiarising them with the natural phenomena that they encounter every day. The skills that pupils were introduced to in Year 7 and 8 are further developed within the Year 9 curriculum to ensure they have a solid, confident foundation to enter K4 with.

All pupils study aspects of Physics, Biology and Chemistry throughout the key stages engaging with the core ideas that are the building blocks of scientific theory.  Our aim is that pupils will complete KS3 with excellent problem-solving skills, the ability to critique ideas and form their own conclusions based on presented evidence. In addition to this, pupils will be able to deliberate the ethics and morals that must be considered alongside scientific development. As well as considering the responsibility that we as people have for our home, planet Earth.

Year 7

Focus;

They Key focus in Year 7 is to introduce pupils to the concept of a ‘scientific question’ and for pupils to explore how a scientific investigation is planned and implemented. Pupils will learn about what ‘variables’ they need to consider when trying to answer a scientific question. As well as how to record and present their data in the correct format. In addition to these pupils will develop their skills in graph and chart interpretation in order to form conclusions. Pupils will be introduced to a range of scientific equipment and will learn how to use them correctly to obtain valid data, safely in a laboratory setting. This will require other key skills such as: numeracy, team work and time management.

Key topics:

  • Biology – The organisation of organisms (cells, organ systems and cellular processes), Reproduction and variation, Food chains and ecosystems.
  • Chemistry – Laboratory safety, Particles, Acids and alkalis, The Earth and global warming.
  • Physics – Energy stores and resources, Forces, Electrical circuits.

Year 8

Focus

The focus in Year 8 is to continue developing on the key skills of scientific investigation that were founded in Year 7, gaining new scientific knowledge at the same time. In addition to this, pupils will further their skills in evaluating both scientific models and investigations. Pupils will be encouraged to take part in group work and speak confidently about their research in front of an audience.  Pupils will be introduced to new types of scientific unit and equipment, with the intention of them having a solid base for study in Year 9. In addition to this, pupils will build on their scientific knowledge by applying their skills to new topics.

Key topics:

  • Biology – How the human body works (breathing, digestion etc) , Evolution and inheritance, Plant biology
  • Chemistry – Atoms and elements, Metals and combustion, Space
  • Physics – Heating and energy, Pressure and moments, Waves

Year 9

Focus

This bespoke curriculum has been designed to enthuse and engage pupils with natural phenomenon that they see every day. The first topic is designed to take pupils though they story that is ‘Planet Earth’. Pupils are taken from the theories for the formation of the universe to what our planet looks like today and how we think it might alter in the future. Pupils are introduced to the moral dilemmas in science such as our responsibility for the earth and protecting it for future generations. They explore lifestyle choices and the impact they have on the planet, incorporating content from the Biology, Chemistry and Physics KS3 national curriculum. In addition to this, in term 2 pupils explore how science is used in everyday life, including within different careers such as the film and sport industry. They also explore how science has allowed both humans and animals to perform amazing actions! Finally, pupils explore a topic that is central to human health and wellbeing and directly proportional to living a full healthy life. The science of Disease and Illness is explored.

Key topics:

  • Our Planet – History of our planet, Human impact on the planet, Future of the planet, Finding a new planet
  • Science in – Science in films, Science in sport, Science in superheroes and superhumans, Science in Animals
  • Illnesses – Cancer, Breathing issues, Food and digestion, Bacteria and viral diseases

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