Key Stage 3 Science

“The KS3 course is assessed by regular End of Unit Tests designed from Kerboodle.”

Qualification

Awarding Body

Course Specification


Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Ms Ladha

Years taught

Year 7 and Year 8

What is the course structure?

At KS3 in Kenton we follow Activate for AQA which is a part of the five year plan.

 

The units below are taught in year 7 and 8, where year 7 is KS3 part 1 and year 8 is KS3 part 2.

Year 7 (KS3 part 1)

  • Forces: Speed and Gravity

  • Electromagnets: Potential difference and resistance, and Current

  • Energy: Energy costs and Energy transfer

  • Waves: Sound and Light

  • Matter: Particle model and Separating mixtures

  • Reactions: Acids and alkalis, and Metals and non-metals

  • Earth: Earth structure and Universe

  • Organisms: Movement and Cells

  • Ecosystem: Inter-dependence and Plant reproduction

  • Genes: Variation and Human reproduction

Year 8 (KS3 part 2)

  • Forces: Contact forces and Pressure

  • Electromagnets: Magnetism and Electromagnets

  • Energy: Work and Heating and cooling

  • Waves: Wave effects and Wave properties

  • Matter: Particle model and Separating mixtures

  • Reactions: Acids and alkalis, and Metals and non-metals

  • Earth: Earth structure and Universe

  • Organisms: Movement and Cells

  • Ecosystem: Interdependence and Plant reproduction

  • Genes: Variation and Human reproduction

What will I study?

The Key Stage 3 programme of study for science feeds into the Key Stage 4 programme of study for science. The new Activate specification is now in place and was introduced in September and an associated bespoke scheme of work are continuously undergoing development.

In order to fulfil our statutory duty, Kenton school uses the most recent version of KERBOODLE as a commercial scheme to base our bespoke resources upon. In addition, staffs are at liberty to use any other material on the proviso that the full scheme is completed and that the pupils sit a formal written test at the end of each module in order to gain a robust level of attainment in each unit.

The course materials within the scheme are differentiated. Support material is provided for the less able while extension material allows more able students to progress further. All staffs are required to make the necessary judgements of which material to give to which classes / pupils based on Data and Targets, and to ensure that pupils are accessing the most challenging material for their targets. Pupils are able to experience a wide range of teaching approaches and are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning. "How Science Works" and "Practical enquiry" is integral as this allows students to "find out" from experiments they design which form a cornerstone of the Key Stage 4 requirements.

How is the course assessed?

The KS3 course is assessed by regular End of Unit Tests designed from Kerboodle.

 

Every term we also have larger Cycle of Improvement Assessments in Year 7 and Year 8 which collates all the units learnt up to that point. We use assessments to best prepare our pupils over time by adapting GCSE exam questions to match KS3 concepts and build skills such as application, numeracy, literacy and how science works skills.

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