Science Key Stage 3 - Adapted National Curriculum

A new curriculum was introduced in September 2014. The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Across all topics pupils will be taught the key aspects of studying Science including:

  • Scientific attitudes
  • Experimental skills and investigations
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Biology topics include:
  • Structure and function of living organisms
  • The skeletal and muscular systems
  • Nutrition and digestion
  • Reproduction
  • Health
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cellular respiration
  • Genetics and evolution

Chemistry topics include:

  • The particulate nature of matter
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Pure and impure substances
  • Chemical reactions
  • The Periodic Table
  • Materials
  • Earth and atmosphere

Physics topics include:

  • Energy
  • Motion and forces
  • Waves: Sound and light
  • Electricity and electromagnetism
  • The particle model of matter
  • Space physics

There is one double period of science each week.