“Science is the key to our future” – Bill Nye
For Key Stage 3 science you will cover a combination of biology, chemistry and physics taught as separate units which link to real world situations. These units follow the Exploring Science scheme of work and will be taught by 1 teacher over six hours per fortnight. These units are assessed via skills based assessments and by end of term tests which encourage you to revise and develop deeper understanding of each topic. Each science topic links to real life situations and will include problem solving opportunities and practical investigation. The Key Stage 3 course is an opportunity to develop essential scientific skills and to broaden your understanding of how the world works. Students will learn through practical activities designed to encourage you to think, discuss, question and evaluate.
In biology you will study a range of topics to include plants, the human body, physiological processes, microbes and disease and ecology.
In chemistry you will carry out a range of exciting chemical reactions and will study materials science, periodic table function and lab safety.
In physics you will learn about forces, electricity, magnetism, space, energy and how to use key calculations in contexts such as speed and motion.
All topics are linked to real-world examples and we encourage you to ask relevant questions throughout the course.
There is a big focus on skills-based work in Key Stage 3. Each topic is linked to a skills based assessment which will help you to make progress and develop throughout the course.
Some of the science skills that are important in this course include; problem solving and application of knowledge, numeracy skills including graph work and use of formula triangles, designing scientific investigations, safe practical work, analysing data, evaluating methods and results and using basic lab equipment like Bunsen Burners, microscopes and burettes.