Science at Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8 pupils will follow a programme of study which was developed by the Science Department to reflect recent proposed changes to the content of the national curriculum for Science.

A key part of this scheme is that it gives us the ability to deliver all of the content required at KS3 over 2 years, rather than 3 years as with traditional courses and develops ‘How Science Works’ skills in preparation for further study, also this scheme lends itself to the new GCSE system, covering topics and areas key to KS4.

The following are a selection of the kinds of questions that pupils can expect to discuss during the course of Science lessons in Years 7 and 8:

What can be done if someone’s internal organs start to fail?

Why do children tend to look like close family members?

Is it only car-wheels that are made from alloys?

What happens when acids attack?!

Would a cat’s eyes glow in a perfectly dark room?

How does playing your iPod too loudly through earphones affect your ears?

Year 7

During year 7, you will cover 19 different topics in Science. Each topic will consist of around 5 lessons full of the key ideas. You will also be given a set of 10 questions to recap on throughout the topic.

Year 7 will be assessed 4 times a year on a range of topic that they have covered up to that point. This allows pupils to build the skill of retaining information as required at KS4.

Below is a list of topics and to revise you should click on the topic and it will take you to a website that will help you.

Autumn Term Topics

Energy Transfer
Particle Model
Cells
Energy Costs
Separating Mixtures
Movement

Spring Term Topics

Current
Metals and non-metals
Plant reproduction
Voltage and resistance
Acids and Alkalis
Human Reproduction

Summer Term

Gravity
Earth Structure
Interdependence
Speed
Universe
Variation
Light and Sound

Year 8 2018-2019

During year 8 you will cover 9 different topics in Science.

Year 8 will be assessed 4 times a year on a range of topic that they have covered up to that point. This allows pupils to build the skill of retaining information as required at KS4.

Below is a list of topics and to revise you should click on the topic and it will take you to a website that will help you.

Autumn Term Topics

Electricity and Magnetism
Reactions of Metals

Spring Term Topics

Reproduction
The Earth
Photosynthesis and Respiration

Summer Term

Forces
Variation
Separation Techniques
Sound and Hearing

We encourage students to develop their independent learning skills by practising exam questions from the AQA website and using other revision materials outside of lessons.

If you wish to discuss the various routes available through KS4 Science at The Polesworth School, please contact either Miss A. Harris (Head of Science) or Miss J Robinson / Miss H Mason (KS3 Science Coordinator’s) on 01827 702205, or via email at a.harris@thepolesworthschool.com  or j.robinson@thepolesworthschool.com or harriet.mason1@thepolesworthschool.com