Key Stage 3 Science Curriculum Intent

Our core purpose at Key Stage 3 is to deliver a challenging and engaging curriculum. We aim to foster a passion for science in our students which will remain into their adult lives. Also, by the end of year 9 they will be ready to tackle the demands of the Key Stage 4 curriculum.

We aim to deliver a curriculum which provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils will be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

The curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

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

  • 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

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

The Key Stage 3 scheme of work describes a sequence of knowledge and concepts where students are encouraged to develop a secure understanding of each key block of knowledge and concepts in order to progress to the next stage. They will develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils will begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. They will be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations.

Students will select, plan and carry out scientific investigations. They will use appropriate techniques, apparatus and materials during investigations. Pupils will make and record observations and measurements.

Students will become familiar with and use technical terminology accurately and precisely. They will apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data. Pupils will become familiar with and use standard units in and IUPAC chemical nomenclature. They will use simple equations and carry out appropriate calculations and undertake basic data analysis.

Key Stage 3 - Science Overview

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