Science at KS3
When students join us in Year 7, they spend a full term extensively learning vital investigative and experimental skills in the ‘Working Scientifically’ unit. This will give them confidence to tackle the rest of the KS3 programme of study and get the most out of the practical side of the subject.
Following this introduction we teach a programme of learning based on the brand new Smart Science publications which has been designed specifically for the new KS3 National Science Curriculum in 2014.
The program studies Key scientific ideas in a sensible way, and makes clear where students are studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students will study each science in turn in successive 10 lesson blocks. The key topics in each of the three sciences for both Years 7 and 8 are shown below:
|Living Systems||The Particle model||Forces and motion|
|Diet and Heath||Atoms elements and compounds||Levers, moments and pressure|
|Genetics and evolution||Reactions||Electricity and electromagnetism|
|Photosynthesis and respiration||Acid and Alkali||Energy|
|Reproduction and growth||Materials||Waves|
|Ecosystems||The earth and atmosphere||Space|
The programme of study features effective differentiation in each lesson to support less able students while extending high-ability students. Each unit also contains opportunities to develop literacy in Science and Maths as well as further develop methods of working scientifically.
Students are assessed by regular tests on the delivered content, with a variety of style of questions which serves as great preparation for the GCSE tests further up the College.
Here at the College, most students follow a ‘combined science’ course worth two GCSEs, with some invited to study separate sciences, also known as ‘triple science’ worth three GCSEs. The courses are the same, with the separate sciences having additional content spread throughout the course.
Why study Science?
Science is compulsory in schools for a reason, it explains how things work! If you have ever looked at anything, either living or machine, and wondered ‘how?’ – then you are thinking about science. Many careers require good attainment in science and even non related professions seek scientists as they have problem solving and analytical skills.
What you will study
The course follows on from your KS3 lessons with the three main science areas.
- chemistry – the material world
- biology – the living world
- physics – the fundamental principles of life.
There will also be lots of problem solving, practice exam questions and opportunities for completing practical investigations.
How you will be assessed
The course finishes with six exams, two in each of the science disciplines listed above. This is the same for both ‘combined science’ and ‘separate sciences’ but the latter has longer exams. You will be assessed on the practical tasks you complete in those exams, there is no coursework.
Where can the subject lead?
Any career involving heath, animal care, engineering, manufacturing, research, teaching, as well as many non-related professions – many accountants are science graduates!
“The very nature of science is discoveries, and the best of those discoveries are the ones you don’t expect.”