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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:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335174/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Science_220714.pdf

 

AQA KS3 Science Specification:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-SCIENCE-KS3-SYLLABUS.PDF

 

Year Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
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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

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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

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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

 

Osmosis

 

Diffusion

 

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

 

Our Mission and Values

“Therefore learn as if to live forever; live as if to die tomorrow” (St Edmund of Abingdon)

Read Our Values & Ethos Statement

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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.

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