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 Science skills

  • Introduction to Science – working scientifically

  • Particles; particle model, elements, mixtures, compounds, density, diffusion

  • Electricity; building circuits, series & parallel circuits, current electricity, changing current, resistance, electromagnets

  • Cells; using microscopes, animal cells, plant cells, specialised cells, organ systems, movement of substances

  • Periodic table; chemical properties, physical properties, trends of the periodic table, reactions of non-metals, development of periodic table.

  • Ecology; abiotic & biotic factors, photosynthesis, variations, food chains & webs, interdependence, populations.

  • Forces; balanced & unbalanced forces, springs, friction, pressure, floating & sinking, drag.


Year 8 Science skills

  • Magnetism; properties of magnets, magnetic fields, domains, electromagnetism, magnets & motors, the Earth’s magnetism.

  • Energy & waves; energy transfer & stores, fuels, renewable energy, properties of waves, light, sound.

  • Chemical reactions; recognising chemical reactions, rate of reaction & factors affecting the rate of a reaction, energy changes, reactions of metals with water, reactions of metals with oxygen.

  • Acids; acids & alkali, pH & indicators, neutralisation, reaction of acids & metals, the reaction of acids & carbonates, titrations.

  • Body processes; respiration, pathogens, reproduction, immune response, enzymes & enzyme action, muscles & the skeleton.

  • Plants; structure of a plant, photosynthesis, factors affecting photosynthesis, adaptations of leaves, germination, reproduction.


Year 9 Science skills

  • Space; objects in Space, the Solar System, the Moon, the Sun & the Earth, gravity, humans in Space.

  • The Earth & its materials; Earth’s structure, Earth’s resources, the rock cycle, Earth’s atmosphere, carbon cycle, maintaining the Earth

  • Health; healthy diet (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals), unhealthy diet & the consequences, lifestyle & health, genetics.

  • Energy transfer; energy transfer by particles, energy transfer by radiation, machines & energy.

After studying these topics you will learn the transition material and then start GCSE topics after Easter.