The scientific method is at the heart of the KS3 science curriculum. By fostering the skills necessary to carry out methodical, well-planned practical investigations we hope to support the development of curious, rational students who can engage critically with the world around them in their school life and beyond.
Our students will progress as scientists through our curriculum by:
- Gaining a breadth of key scientific knowledge and concepts. These build naturally across each unit and across each year.
- Developing investigative skills such as planning, data analysis, and evaluation
- Learning the joy of discovery and exploration that is essential to training the next generation of scientists and scientifically-aware citizens.
What topics do we cover in our curriculum?
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
Biology: Structure and Function of Body Systems
Chemistry: Atoms, Elements and Compounds
Chemistry: Periodic Table
Physics: Independent Project
Biology: Health and Lifestyle
Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
Chemistry: The Earth
Chemistry: Acids and Alkalis
Biology: Adaptation and Inheritance
Chemistry: Separation Techniques
Chemistry: Metals and Acids
Physics: Motion and Pressure
GCSE Chemistry: Atomic Structure
GCSE Biology: Cells
GCSE Physics: Particle Model
GCSE Physics: Radioactivity
GCSE Biology: Transport in Cells
GCSE Chemistry: Periodic Table
GCSE Biology: Plant Systems
How is our curriculum structured?
- Key concepts are introduced in Year 7 and topics taught in subsequent years build more complex ideas and application onto a solid foundation of scientific fundamentals.
- The curriculum structure has been informed by educational research underpinned by cognitive science approaches such as spaced practice, interleaving and retrieval.
- KS3 topics are taught in rotation within the termly blocks shown above. This is to ensure that all students have the maximum opportunity to access equipment and explore concepts practically.
- Topics support the GCSE specification whilst also providing additional breadth of scientific concepts and real-world application with the aim to cultivate enthusiasm and inquisitiveness about science and the wider world
- Social development and health are built into topics to allow students to link science to their everyday lives.
- Stretch and challenge for accelerated sets supports able students in making appropriate progress and develops skills of application and synthesis that are essential to access higher demand questions at KS4.
How is the subject assessed?
- Bespoke end of topic tests with tailored feedback tasks
- Regular formative exit questions with differentiated feedback
- Explicit assessment of practical and investigative skills against standardised criteria