Science - Key Stage 3

Science 

 
At key stage 3 the science department offers opportunities for pupils to:
 
  • build on their scientific knowledge and understanding from key stage 2 and make connections between different areas of science;
  • use scientific ideas and models to explain phenomena and events;
  • understand a range of familiar applications of science;
  • think about the advantages and drawbacks of scientific and technological developments for the environment and in other contexts, considering the reasons for different opinions;
  • carry out investigations of different types, on their own and in groups, making use of reference sources and evaluating their work;
  • communicate what they did and its significance;
  • learn how scientists work and the importance of experimental evidence in supporting scientific ideas.
There are 36 units taught at KS3. They are split into three groups of 12. Students are assessed at the end of each unit and at the end of each year. The units are:

 

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Organisms, their behaviour and the environment
Tissues and transplants
Sex and science
Ecological matters
Classified
Materials, their properties and the Earth
Acids and alkalis
Bubbles, bangs and burning
What a waste
Materials from Earth
Energy, forces and space
Energy and sustainable living
Electrical circuits
Forces and their effects
The Solar System and beyond
Biology
Classification
Food and nutrition
Habitats
The body and respiration
Chemistry
Reactions
Burning
Rocks
Physics
Electrical circuits
Elements
Light
Magnets
Sound
Biology
Inheritance and selection
Fit and healthy
Plants and photosynthesis
Plants for food
Chemistry
Reactions of metals
Patterns of reactivity
Environmental chemistry
Using chemistry
Physics
Energy and electricity
Gravity and space
Speeding up
Pressure and moments

In addition to these units the students are also taught key functional and SC1 skills. These skills are transferable across all areas of the curriculum.
Additional information on the course and help with various units can be found on the following links:
General help with revision for tests
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science/
http://www.evans2chemweb.co.uk/  (chemistry revision)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/ (BBC free educational video clips)
http://www.docbrown.info/ (chemistry, physics and biology revision)