Welcome to the Key Stage 3 Science pages. Please click on the links on the left to
navigate to the information you need. Please note that Year 7s will only be studying
the first and second topics within each mastery theme.
What is our INTENT with the new Key Stage 3 Science course?
Pupils studying this curriculum will learn fundamental scientific concepts. They
will be given opportunities to apply their knowledge through problem-solving questions
and practical work. Pupils will also be challenged to extend their knowledge within
lessons and beyond through big picture thinking. Research has shown that providing
real-life exciting examples of concepts helps foster enthusiasm and engagement in
Science. There will be opportunities and freedom to explore ideas through enquiry
lessons: investigative practical experiments; research tasks; and real-life data
analysis. The intention is to develop key scientific skills rather than correct answers.
An element of this course which moves away from traditional science curricula is
the promotion of literacy in Science by devoting an entire lesson in every 12 to
teaching how to write. In Year 7 we concentrate on only one command word: EXPLAIN.
Mr Greer and Mrs Collins-Greer have designed a simple model to assist pupils in their
longer written answers to questions where they are asked to explain a particular
concept. Mr Greer argues that the ability to articulate an idea in written form underpins
all Scientific communication.
Pupils will be encouraged to be organised by monitoring and tracking their own progress
through the curriculum. Many of the resources that will help with this will be available
online and it is hoped that pupils, parents and teachers work collaboratively and
progress is clear to all.
How will we IMPLEMENT the new Key Stage 3 course?
Current research would define this course as mastery light. It is logistically difficult
to manage a year group through a true mastery curriculum where pupils progress onto
increasingly challenging concepts only when ready to do so. Mastery light achieves
the progressive aspects of a mastery curriculum whilst accommodating time tabling
and staffing restrictions.
The new KS3 course for Year 7 from September 2019 sees the National Curriculum for
KS3 Science divided into 10 mastery themes. Within each theme, there are 4 topics
- each progressively more challenging whilst building on the previous. It will require
Year 7, Year 8 and the first term of Year 9 to cover this curriculum. AQA have provided
the themes and topics along with keywords for each. Mr. Greer has constructed a curriculum
based on AQA where there are two types of lessons: concept and enquiry. Underpinning
these will be a simple framework for any investigative work, longer written pieces
of work, and research. Pupils will also be formatively assessed through know, apply,
and extend questions for each concept as well as summative assessments after every
2 topics within a theme.
Much of the curriculum resources that teachers will use to deliver this curriculum
has been designed to be understood and used by pupils, parents, and teachers. These
will be shared online to allow pupils and parents the opportunity to revise lessons,
complete assignments, and follow links to big picture thinking where concepts are
explored in greater depth.
What IMPACT will this new course have?
We are confident that this course will result in pupils:
Having a strong foundation of knowledge of scientific concepts
Having greater communication skills (written and verbal), particularly in a scientific
Having a firm understanding of investigative skills and being able to apply these
Having opportunities to deepen their knowledge and broaden their ideas through big
picture thinking (which is also a Kings’ Skill)