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Science - KS3


KS3 Science at Broadgreen follows the aims identified in the National curriculum program of study

To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics

To 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

To ensure pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Key stage 3 core is a two year programme of study. Students are taught in classes of similar ability, selected according to target and prior performance.

The curriculum plan is designed to develop knowledge, skills and attributes identified in the National Curriculum, including mathematics and literacy, and to develop a ‘mastery’ of these key ideas and attributes within science

Assessment and feedback are key components of the key stage 3 programme of study and consist of regular on-going formative assessment through classwork and home learning. Pupils are also assessed summatively each term on units studied to date. Assessment week involves written tests as well as opportunities to consolidate or extend learning concepts that have just been tested.

Transition - skills development

When pupils enter year 7, they will embark on a four week skills development unit that is taught in conjunction with the maths faculty. Pupils will learn basic lab safety and procedures and will be introduced to the basic maths skills necessary for studying science. Year 7 pupils then embark on the science programme of study in October.

Key stage 3 - 2 year learning plan

Based on the following ‘Big Ideas’

  • Forces
  • Electricity
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Matter
  • The Earth
  • Cells
  • Interdependence


Teaching rota



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·         Cells

·         Substances and particles

·         Contact forces


·         Interdependence

·          Elements and compounds

·         Gravity & space


·         Reproduction

·         Changing substances

·         Energy and energy transfers


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·         Organisation

·         Acids and bases

·         Electricity and magnetism


·         Evolution

·         Reactants and products

·         waves


·         Bioenergetics

·         Earth systems and cycles

·         Forces and motion