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The principal focus of Science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas by building on the knowledge and skills required in the subject disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. Examples of these big ideas are the links between structure and function in living organisms, the particulate model as the key to understanding the properties and interactions of matter in all its forms, and the resources and means of transfer of energy as key determinants of all these interactions. They should be encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations.

Pupils should understand that Science is about working objectively, modifying explanations to take account of new evidence and ideas and subjecting results to peer review. Pupils should decide on the appropriate type of scientific enquiry to undertake to answer their own questions and develop a deeper understanding of factors to be considered when collecting, recording and processing data. They should evaluate their results and identify further questions arising from them.


KS3 National Curriculum Programmes of Study:


AQA KS3 Science Specification:


YearCycle 1Cycle 2Cycle 3Cycle 4

Lab induction and KS2 to 3 Science Transition


Matter Part 1

Organisms Part 1


Forces Part 1


Energy Part 1

Reactions Part 1

Waves Part 1


Electromagnets Part1

Ecosystems Part 1 


The Earth Part 1


Genes Part 1


Organisms - Part 2


Matter – Part 2

Electromagnets - Part 2


Energy – Part 2


Reactions – Part 2

Waves – Part 2


Genes – Part 2


Forces – Part 2

Ecosystems – Part 2


Earth – Part 2


How to identify and use relevant practical equipment to successfully complete a practical activity


How to identify dependant, independent and control variables in a practical


What a valid scientific method needs to include


How to make a prediction based on information learnt or given


What a table of results and graph are and how to draw these


How to evaluate a scientific investigation.

The structure of the microscope


The structure of the plant and animals


The structure and function of specialised cells






Active transport


The digestive system


Organ function with specific function within the digestive system


Role of enzymes and catalysts


Factors affecting digestion

The structure of the atom


History of the structure of the atom


The difference between ions, atoms, and isotopes


Separating techniques


How to write a chemical equation


The structure of the periodic table


The properties and behaviours of group 1, 7 and 0


How to explain and identify trends in the periodic table


The properties pf the states of matter


Structure and properties of ionic compounds


Metallic bonding


Structure and bonding of simple and giant covalent compounds


The basis of nanotechnology and its application

Types of energy


How energy is stored and transferred


Energy efficiency, dissipation and use in electrical appliances


Link between energy and power


Describe the process of Conduction, Convection, Radiation


Specific heat capacity


Energy demands in given contexts


Where energy can be obtained form on a large scale


How the sun and earth produce power


The impact of energy use on the environment


Processes used to heat / insulate a building


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St Edmund's Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Edmund's Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.