Science Curriculum

In KS3 Science pupils get a chance to develop their practical and scientific investigation skills. They will work on identifying variables, planning experiments, recording and analysing data and evaluating errors.

Year 7

Particles: What is everything made from? What happens in changes of state? Why do particles move from one place to another? What happens to potatoes left in different solutions?
Electricity: How can fruit be used as a battery? What is a circuit? How can we predict ammeter and voltmeter readings? How do you wire a plug?
Biology: What are all living organisms made from? How are some cells adapted to their function? What happens in human reproduction? How can we count large numbers of organisms to spot trends?
Forces: What are forces? How can your weight change without going on a diet? What affects the acceleration of a trolley on a ramp? What happens to someone during a skydive?
Mixtures: What is a mixture? How can a mixture be separated? Why are different methods needed to separate different types of mixtures?
Magnetism: What is a magnet? How can we make a material magnetic? How can we use electricity to create a magnetic field?

Year 8

Biological processes: What happens to food once you’ve eaten it? Why do plants need light? How do our bodies release energy? How do our bodies protect us against disease?
Chemical reactions: What are acids and how do they react with different compounds? How can we measure and change the rate of chemical reactions? What happens when something burns?
Energy and electricity: How is energy transferred? How can we generate electricity? What is efficiency and how can it be improved?
Waves: How do waves transfer energy? What happens to light when it changes speed or hits a mirror?

Year 9

Life
How do substances move into and out of cells? How can science make babies for infertile couples? Can GM food improve health and why are so many people scared of it?

Formula 1 How can a car go faster with the same engine? How can your foot stop a whole car? What are the cars of the future?

Applied Chemistry How can we make new compounds for medicine? How can chemistry be used to prevent famines? How can we make water safe to drink?