The Key Stage 3 Science curriculum has been specifically designed to ensure students are ‘GCSE ready’ by the end of year 8. The topics and practical’s that are included as part of the curriculum, ensure students transition into year 9 equipped with the necessary foundation of scientific knowledge and practical skills.
The main topic areas that are studied as part of the Key Stage 3 Science curriculum include:
Each topic area studied is further sub-divided into 4 topics, with each topic having a specific set of concepts and keywords that students are expected to be able to understand and apply to a range of different contexts.
Assessment in Science across Key Stage 3 takes the form of ‘diagnostic assessments’. These are mini assessments, normally no longer than 30 minutes, given at the end of a topic. The diagnostic assessments are composed of a range of exam style questions and practical questions, used to allow the teacher to identify gaps in knowledge and understanding, which can then be closed following on from the assessment.
There are also 3 larger assessments planned into year 7 and year 8, taking place at the end of each term. These assessments will test a range of content and practical skills from across several topics.
Study in combined science provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Students will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They will be helped to appreciate how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are both inter-linked, and are of universal application.
The key ideas which will be studied include:
- the use of conceptual models and theories to make sense of the observed diversity of natural phenomena
- the assumption that every effect has one or more cause
- that change is driven by differences between different objects and systems when they interact
- that many such interactions occur over a distance and over time without direct contact
- that science progresses through a cycle of hypothesis, practical experimentation, observation, theory development and review • that quantitative analysis is a central element both of many theories and of scientific methods of inquiry.