Sciences

What does this course involve at Key Stage 3?

At Key Stage 3, science is taught following the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in ability sets. The curriculum is focused on the key concepts and processes vital to the understanding of science; these are the essential skills and processes that students need to learn to make progress. The programme of study for Key Stage 3 builds on Key Stage 2 to develop scientific and mathematical reasoning and competency in practical investigation.

Year 8 students are assessed on 3-4 key criteria for each topic they study. Plus there is a mid-year assessment early Feb and an end-of-year assessment on everything they have studied at the end of June.

At the end of each module, any topic assessment along with classwork and homework will be given a level between 1-9 to represent depth of understanding of the topics covered.

Useful Resources

  • Online text books, topic glossaries, learning outcome checklists – all via the Kerboodle  platform – www.kerboodle.com.
  • Revision activities and homework via Doddle – www.doddlelearn.co.uk
  • KS3 Science Study Guide (with online edition) – Higher: Revision Guide – Levels 5-7 (Revision Guides) by CGP – £3.50 via ParentPay; £4.80 on Amazon; £4.95 at Waterstones
  • All homework is set via the ShowMyHomework online platform – www.showmyhomework.com so students and parents can access it through their phones, laptops, tablets and computers.