Key Stage 3 Science

  • To encourage pupils to enjoy Science as a discipline, and to gain knowledge and an understanding of the relevance of science in the present and future world.
  • To develop learning skills (practical, problem solving, communication, etc) so that pupils become increasingly independent learners.
  • To encourage an inquisitive approach and attitude towards theories and learning.
  • To give pupils the opportunity to acquire a body of scientific knowledge and skills.
  • To encourage pupils to work together, helping each other’s weaknesses and building on strengths.
  • Experimental work forms a large part of pupil learning during Key Stage 3 and may include dissection, for example, of sheep’s lungs. Dissections give students a more detailed knowledge and understanding of anatomy but are not compulsory for those with ethical objections.
    Theory is taught using textbooks, workbooks, revision guides, various software and video documentaries.

Staff Names and Roles

  • Mr I  Mackie – Subject Leader for Year 7 Science
  • Mrs J Dhillon – Subject Leader for Biology
  • Mr R Giubertoni – Subject Leader for Chemistry
  • Mr S Kumar  – Subject Leader for Physics
  • Miss S Carter – Subject Leader for Psychology, Teacher of Science
  • Mrs K Smithson  – Teacher of Biology
  • Mr S Hall – Teacher of Chemistry
  • Dr R Shahid – Teacher of Chemistry
  • Mr R Uddin – Teacher of Physics
  • Mr A Sheergill – Assistant Headteacher, Teacher of Physics
  • Mrs C Lamb – Teacher of Science
  • Mr I Inglis – Laboratory technician for Biology
  • Mrs J Dhammu – Laboratory technician for Chemistry
  • Mrs M Van Roy – Laboratory technician for Physics

Useful Websites to support your son’s learning

Opportunities outside of lessons

There may be an opportunity for Year 7 pupils to visit Twycross Zoo during the Summer term of Year 7.

There may be an opportunity for Year 8 pupils to visit The Natural History Museum.

There may be an opportunity for Year 9 to have a Forensic Science Presentation.

Course information

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YEAR 7

Topics Covered in Year 7 – by term if possible
AUTUMN TERM
  • Particles
  • Cells
  • Forces
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Reproduction
  • Energy Resources
SPRING TERM
  • Simple Chemical Reactions
  • Classification
  • Electrical circuits
  • Materials from the Earth
  • Ecology Matter

SUMMER TERM

  • Solar System and Beyond
  • In the Drink
  • Magnets and Electromagnets
  • Doctors and Disease
How will your son be assessed during Year 7?

There will be three written assessments, one per term.

How could you support your son to learn during Year 7?

You can encourage you son to review his work regularly, this should include the making of revision notes after every topic.

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YEAR 8 BIOLOGY

Topics Covered in Year 8 – by term if possible
Autumn Term
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
Spring Term
  • Inheritance and Selection
  • Ecology
Summer Term
  • Fit and Healthy
  • Behaviour and Forensics
How will your son be assessed during Year 8?

There will be three written assessments, one per term.

How could you support your son to learn during Year 8?

You can encourage your son to review his work regularly, this should include the making of revision notes after every topic.

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YEAR 8 CHEMISTRY

Topics Covered in Year 8 – by term if possible
Autumn Term 
  • Atoms and Elements
  • Compounds and Mixtures
Spring Term
  • Reactions of metals and metal compounds
  • Salt Preparation
Summer Term
  • Patterns of Reactivity
  • Air and Water
  • Fuels
How will your son be assessed during Year 8?

There will be three written assessments, one per term.

How could you support your son to learn during Year 8?

You can encourage your son to review his work regularly, this should include the making of revision notes after every topic.

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YEAR 8 PHYSICS

Topics Covered in Year 8 – by term if possible
Autumn Term
  • Energy and Electricity
  • Speed and Motion
Spring Term
  • Pressure
  • Moments
Summer Term
  • Sound and Hearing
  • Light
How will your son be assessed during Year 8?

There will be three written assessments, one per term.

How could you support your son to learn during Year 8?

You can encourage your son to review his work regularly, this should include the making of revision notes after every topic.

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YEAR 9 BIOLOGY

To end Key Stage 3 Science Pupils will learn about food and digestion before starting the AQA Certificate Biology course (8461).

How will your son be assessed during Year 9?

During the course of the year students will have written assessments on four separate occasions, one per term

How could you support your son to learn during Year 9?

You can encourage your son to review his work regularly, this should include the making of revision notes after every topic.

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YEAR 9 CHEMISTRY

To end Key Stage 3 science students will learn about Environmental Chemistry before starting the AQA Certificate Chemistry course (8462).

How will your son be assessed during Year 9?

During the course of the year students will have written assessments on four separate occasions, one per term

How could you support your son to learn during Year 9?

You can encourage your son to review his work regularly, this should include the making of revision notes after every topic.

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YEAR 9 PHYSICS

To end key stage 3 science pupils will learn about Heating and cooling and Energy Changes before starting the AQA GCSE Physics course (8463).

How will your son be assessed during Year 9?

During the course of the year students will have written assessments on four separate occasions, one per term

How could you support your son to learn during Year 9?

You can encourage your son to review his work regularly, this should include the making of revision notes after every topic.

  • YEAR 7
  • YEAR 8 BIOLOGY
  • YEAR 8 CHEMISTRY
  • YEAR 8 PHYSICS
  • YEAR 9 BIOLOGY
  • YEAR 9 CHEMISTRY
  • YEAR 9 PHYSICS