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KS3 Science Course Outline

 

Through challenging and engaging lessons our KS3 course aims to provide an understanding of many aspects of daily life.  A key element of all units taught at KS3 is “How Science Works”. Through this approach pupils’ scientific skills are developed.

The following gives a guide to the topics studied in each of the school years:

Year 7

Autumn term up to February half term February half term until the end of summer term
Laboratory safety Electrical circuits
Cells Skeleton & muscles
Acids & alkalis Elements & the periodic table
Energy resources Forces
Reproduction Chemical reactions
Particles Ecological relationships

Year 8

Autumn term up to February half term February half term until the end of summer term
Food & Digestion Health
Compounds & Formulae Earth & the atmosphere
Magnets & Electromagnets Sound
Gas exchange Plants & photosynthesis
Metals and reactions
Light

Year 9

Autumn term
Inheritance & selection
Advanced electricity
Environmental chemistry

 

All years – practical skills: Use a range of scientific methods and techniques to develop and test ideas and explanations. Assess risk and work safely in the laboratory, field and workplace. Plan and carry out practical and investigative activities, both individually and in groups.

 


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