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Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 the Science National Curriculum is broadly divided into three sections:

  • Life Processes and Living Things – cells, humans and green plants as organisms, variation, classification and inheritance, living things in their environment.
  • Materials and Their Properties – classifying materials, changing materials, patterns of behaviour.
  • Physical Processes – forces and motion, the Earth and beyond, sound and light, electricity and magnetism, energy resources and energy transfer.

It is important to note that in Years 7, 8 and 9 due to the demands on resources for practical work, the order in which the topics are taught will vary from class
to class.

 Course content
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
My skills My movement             My past [Biology]             
My reactions My molecules My past [Chemistry]
My town My identity My past [Physics]
My body My light My future in Science
My journey through time My food My sustainable future
My air My planet My science adventure

Marking and Feedback

To view the Science department's marking and feedback policy, please click on the link below:

  Marking and Feedback policy  


Method of Assessment

Each topic has two standardised formative assessments. These have been written to assess students skills and subject knowledge and understanding; but most importantly these assessments should inform students on areas where they need to progress. Teachers will advise students on what they need to do next to make progress in Science. In addition each topic has a standardised summative end of unit test.
Indepedent Learning
Students will be set regular Independent Learning tasks that consolidate the topic content they cover in class. Independent Learning tasks will for example include experiments to complete at home, phenomena to observe, written work and posters. Some of the standardised formative assessments will also be completed at home.
For further information, please contact Dr Forsythe (Head of Science) at the school.

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