Science ks3


KS3 overview.

Year 7:

  • How Science Works

An introduction to science for pupils who are making the transition to secondary school.  Topics include equipment found in a science lab, health and safety in a science lab and an introduction to many different practical and investigative skills.

  • Cells, Tissues & Organs

An introduction to cells and the basic building blocks of life including the many systems found in the human body and building scientific skills such as working with a microscope.

  • Working in a Laboratory

A beginner’s introduction to the world of chemistry looking at topics including hazards, acids and alkalis and working in a lab safely including the use of Bunsen burners.

  • Energy Transfers

A first look at the world of physics and the different energy types and ideas of energy conservation and energy transfers including work involving simple series circuits.

  • Reproduction

A biological view of the world of fertilisation and how the human baby develops from fertilisation to the birth of a baby and eventually becoming an adult.

  • Particles and Reactions

Understand the world of chemical reactions and use the particle model to explain properties of solids, liquids and gases.

  • Forces and Speed

Understand more about forces and the effects different forces have on objects as well as measuring the speed of objects improving investigative skills of taking measurements and understanding accuracy and reliability.

  • Classification and Food Webs

Understand how organisms are classified according to their features and their relationship to other living things using evidence from different sources.

  • Weathering and Fossils

Describe the properties of rocks and explain the way rocks are changed by physical processes as well as looking at fossil evidence of extinct organisms.

Year 8:

  • How Science Works

A further look at investigative skills and further understanding of investigative skills such as reliability, precision, accuracy and researching skills.

  • Plant Machine

A look at the world of plants and photosynthesis and why a plant photosynthesises as well as the different structures to a plant.

  • Rockets and Reactions

Understand the world of rockets including materials involved in making a rocket and their properties, forces acting on a rocket and fuels needed to move the rocket before making your very own rocket!

  • Chemical Construction Kit

A further look at solids liquids and gases and what makes compounds and mixtures, and how to separate them.

  • Fit and Healthy

A look at what is involved in being healthy including the body systems, balanced diets and the effect of unhealthy choices such as smoking and drinking on the body.

  • Circuits and Magnets

A look at different circuits including series and parallel circuits and how they work i.e. current and voltage.  Topics within the module also include the effect of magnetism and electromagnets.

  • Acids and Alkalis

A look at how acids and alkalis can be tested using different indicators and the reaction of neutralisation.  Topics also cover the use of neutralisation in the real world.

  • Energy

An in-depth view of the world of different energy types including light, sound, and thermal energy.

  • Icecaps, Jungles and Deserts

How are organisms adapted to live in their environment?  A look at Adaptation and the relationship of organisms living in similar habitats including inter-dependence and food webs.

  • Disaster Masters!

What would happen if the world were to end?  A look at space and the different planets and all other parts to our fascinating Solar System.  A further look at natural disaster and catastrophes as well as developing research skills of primary and secondary research.

Year 9:

  • Year 9 topics are aimed to prepare KS3 pupils for GCSE at KS4.  To help pupils enhance their investigative skills and writing at a higher level, Year 9 has been tailored to help pupils improve on their scientific skills already gained at KS3.  Topics include the following:
  • Biology – a look at different human processes including those of the digestive, immune, endocrine and nervous system.  Competition of organisms in their environment and how they are distributed due to effects of human activity.  There is also a further higher module of genetics and evolution and how species have evolved in the natural world.
  • Chemistry – a detailed view of atoms and elements and how they interact with one another.  Other topics studied include the use of metals and their properties and how they are used in industry as well as looking at the Earth and its environment.
  • Physics – studied in detail with a beginner’s view of energy processes and how they can be transferred to other forms of energy.  Waves and their properties is also studied as well as the Electromagnetic Spectrum and its uses in everyday life.

How will the KS3 curriculum prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

Due to the nature of the topic, Science at The Coseley School offers a wide range of skills tailored to the needs of every individual pupils.  With a wide range of different practicals and investigations, pupils will be able to enhance their literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills to enable them to gain a deeper understanding of the subject.

Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?

A scientific calculator is needed for physics equations.

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