Subject: Science

Rationale for design of KS3 Curriculum:

In Science, our KS3 Curriculum follows the AQA Activate KS3 Scheme of Work. This includes a series of practical activities for pupils to discover their own learning. It also includes knowledge and skills that are designed to prepare them for GCSE.

At KS3 we do the following:

Y7

Key Stage 3

Key Focuses

Term 1 Winter

Investigative Skills, Cells, The Universe, The Particle Model, Speed

Term 2 Spring

Elements, Separating Mixtures, Movement and Breathing, Energy

Term 3 Summer

Acids and Alkalis, Reproduction, Light and Sound, Metals and Non-Metals

 

Y8

Key Stage 3

Key Focuses

Term 1 Winter

The Structure of the Earth, Ecosystems, Heating and Cooling, The Earth’s Resources, Forces and Pressure

Term 2 Spring

Elements, The Periodic Table, Digestion and Health, Magnetism, Waves

Term 3 Summer

Further Chemical Reactions, Evolution, Inheritance, Electricity

 

Assessment details:

Students are given a knowledge organiser for each term which is a small booklet that has all the information they need to know for that term. They are expected to revise this information and are tested on their knowledge during the last week of every half term.

Students are also given small 20-minute-long end of unit assessments. They do these in lesson after finishing each of the topics shown above.

Knowledge test scores, end-of-unit scores, attitude to learning and attendance are combined to worked out a predicted GCSE grade for each student. They get these grades at the end of each term, and these are also sent home.