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Science  - Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) 

Science at Key Stage 3 places an emphasis on the process of scientific enquiry as well as accumulation of knowledge. Students receive three hours of science per week and are taught in ability bands 

The course followed by students is the scheme published by Oxford called Activate. 

The course helps the students to:  

  • Develop understanding of scientific ideas 
  • Work out scientific ideas for themselves by using results from investigations 
  • See how science is used in everyday life 
  • Think about how science can be used for benefit of mankind. 

The course is divided into modules covering aspects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Environmental Science as follows: 

Year 7 

Year 8 


Health and Lifestyle 

Structure and Function of Body Systems 

Ecosystem Processes 


Adaptation and Inheritance 

Particles and their Behaviour 

The Periodic Table 

Elements, Atoms, and Compounds 

Separation Techniques 


Metals and Acids 

Acids and Alkalis 

The Earth 


Electricity and Magnetism 




Motion and Pressure 




Year 9 

In Year 9 all students follow a course which is specifically designed to: 

  • Form a foundation for GCSE and other courses  

  • Encourage interest in all aspects of scientific study  

  • Develop understanding of scientific ideas  

  • See how science is used in everyday life 

Students spend one term studying the most important aspects of biology, chemistry and physics to a higher level than that taught in years 7 and 8, in order to bridge the gap between key stage 3 and 4, for example: 

  • In Physics, students have previously learned about energy transfers, in year 9 they will be able to explain about efficiency. 

  • In Biology, students have previously learned about the 7 life processes, in year 9 they will be able to explain the process of respiration. 

  • In Chemistry, students have previously learned about particles and the periodic table, in year 9 they will be able to link these together as they begin to learn about atomic structure. 

Each of these sections will be assessed with a short but challenging test, to provide data for the first data track. 

From January, students will begin the GCSE scheme of learning, beginning with Energy, Cells and Atomic Structure. 

The annual exam for year 9 is in early May. We will have assessed any completed GCSE units with an end of topic test, but the exam will be based on all GCSE work taught to the end of April. All GCSE assessments are created using exampro, a program that uses past paper questions and mark schemes, so that we can identify strengths and areas for development early in the GCSE course. 


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