Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Year 7 Curriculum

Overview Autumn Term 
Unit Chemistry 1: What’s the Matter?

  • The particle model
  • States of matter
  • Melting and freezing
  • Boiling
  • Diffusion
  • Gas pressure
  • Elements
  • Atoms
  • Compounds
  • Chemical formulae
  • Chemical reactions
  • Word equations
  • Burning fuels
  • Thermal decomposition
  • Conservation of mass
  • Exothermic and endothermic
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Indicators and pH
  • Neutralisation
  • Making salts

Overview Spring Term
Unit Biology 1: The Building Blocks of Life

  • Observing cells
  • Plant and animal cells
  • Specialised cells
  • Movement of substances
  • Unicellular organisms
  • Levels of organisation
  • Gas exchange
  • Breathing
  • Skeleton
  • Movement
  • Adolescence
  • Reproductive systems
  • Fertilisation and implantation
  • Development of a fetus
  • The menstrual cycle
  • Flowers and pollination
  • Fertilisation and germination
  • Seed dispersal
  • Biology project

Overview Summer
Unit Physics 1: Our Universe

  • Forces
  • Squashing and stretching
  • Drag forces and friction
  • Forces at a distance
  • Balanced and unbalanced forces
  • The night sky
  • The solar system
  • The earth
  • The moon
  • Light
  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • The camera and the eye
  • Colour
  • Waves
  • Vibration and energy transfer
  • Loudness and pitch
  • Detecting sound
  • Practical Physics project

 

Year 8 Curriculum

Overview Autumn Term 1
Unit Biology 2: Being healthy and thinking about sustainability

  • Nutrients
  • Food tests
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Digestive system
  • Bacteria and enzymes in digestion
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Photosynthesis
  • Leaves
  • Plant minerals
  • Chemosynthesis
  • Aerobic respiration
  • Anaerobic respiration
  • Food chains and webs
  • Disruptions to food chains and webs
  • Ecosystems
  • Competition and adaptation
  • Adapting to change
  • Variation
  • Continuous and discontinuous
  • Inheritance
  • Natural selection
  • Extinction

Overview Autumn Term 2
Unit Chemistry 2: Making and separating stuff 

  • Metals and non-metals
  • Groups and periods
  • The elements of group 1
  • The elements of group 7
  • The elements of group 0
  • Mixtures
  • Solutions
  • Filtration
  • Evaporation and distillation
  • Chromatography
  • Acids and metals
  • Metals and oxygen
  • Metals and water
  • Metal displacement reactions
  • Extracting metals
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers
  • Composites

Overview Spring Term 1:
Unit Physics 2: Energy & Electricity

  • Charging up
  • Circuits and current
  • Potential difference
  • Series and parallel
  • Resistance
  • Magnets and magnetic fields
  • Electromagnets
  • Using electromagnets
  • Food and fuels
  • Energy adds up
  • Energy and temperature
  • Energy transfer: radiation
  • Energy resources
  • Energy and power
  • Work, energy and machines

Overview Spring Term 2:
Unit Physics 2: Energy & Electricity

  • Speed
  • Motion graphs
  • Pressure in gases
  • Pressure in liquids
  • Pressure in liquids
  • Pressure in solids
  • Turning forces

Overview Summer Term 1:
Unit: Working Scientifically

  • Practical projects
  • Literacy and maths booster lessons
  • Revision and exams