Curriculum – Key Stage 3 – Science

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. 

This has been achieved by designing a curriculum that exposes students to a breadth of key scientific concepts and building investigative skills such as planning, data analysis, and evaluation into both teaching and assessment. 

This curriculum has been designed to support science at GCSE without sacrificing the joy of discovery and exploration that is essential to training the next generation of scientists and scientifically-aware citizens.

Links below will take you to knowledge organisers showing the content for each of these units. These are being developed over the period 2019 to 2021.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Terms 1-2:

Term 3-5:

Term 6:

Terms 1-2:

    • Biology: Health and Lifestyle
    • Chemistry: Periodic Table*
  • Physics: Sound

Terms 3-5:

    • Chemistry: Acids and Alkalis
    • Physics: Light
  • Biology: Reproduction

Term 6:

    • Chemistry: The Earth
  • Physics: Energy
 Terms 1-2:

  • Biology: Adaptation and Inheritance
  • Biology: Ecosystem Processes
  • Chemistry: Separation Techniques
  • Chemistry: Metals and Acids
  • Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Physics: Motion and Pressure

Terms 3-5:

    • GCSE Chemistry: Atomic Structure
    • GCSE Biology: Cells
    • GCSE Physics: Particle Model
  • GCSE Physics: Radioactivity

Term 6:

    • GCSE Biology: Transport in Cells
    • GCSE Chemistry: Periodic Table
  • GCSE Biology: Plant Systems

*Legacy for students 2018-19 who did not cover in Year 7. Will be replaced with Physics: Space in 2020-21