Key Stage 3 Science (Year 7 & Year 8)

Units Taught 7
Biology – How do my insides work? – Cells. Why am I different to my family? – Reproduction.
Chemistry – How do chemical reactions work? – Substances and solutions.  How can we save our Earth? Earths resources.
Physics – Why are particles important?  Heating and cooling. What makes things move? Contact forces. Why is energy useful? Waves transfer energy.

Units Taught 8
Biology – How do my insides work? – Cell organisation. Why am I different to my family? – diversity. Why are plants important? Interdependence. 
Chemistry – How do chemical reactions work? – Reactants to products.  How can we save our Earth? Using Earth’s resources.
Physics – What makes things move? Noncontacts forces. Why is energy useful? Energy in the home

Units Taught 9
Biology – Why are plants important?             Photosynthesis and respiration
Chemistry – How does structure determine properties? The periodic table

Physics – Why is energy useful? Electricity transfers energy

Main Skills developed
• Explaining how each piece of evidence supports it or not.
• Consider social, environment, economic or ethical factors in a science or technology decision
• Compare and contrasting models of the atom that have developed throughout history.
• Represent a phenomenon, process or system with a diagram or symbols.
• Identifying Protons, neutrons and electrons within an atom from the information given on the periodic table.
• Plan a method and apparatus that can collect precise and accurate data.
• Use decimals and percentages in calculations
• Write a hypothesis against the evidence collected to test it.
• Plan an experiment to test whether a hypothesis or model is correct.
• Determine independent, dependent and control variables to answer a scientific question.
• Draw conclusions from observations or data, with evidence and reasoning.

How can parents help to support learning
• Encourage students to complete their Seneca Science homework.
• Allow students to take part in at home science activities with adult guidance and support
• Ask them what they have learned in science today.

Extracurricular opportunities
• Students are encouraged to complete Seneca learning to support their understanding.
• Students are also encouraged to complete home learning practicals to support their understanding and increase their curiosity.
• Students are asked to support Y6’s as ‘lab technician’ guiding them through practical work and helping them with their understanding.
• Students are also provided with the opportunity to go on Science trips.

Useful websites


SMSC and British Values
Spiritual -Linking the students place in the universe and the world they live in.
Social – working together in groups to explore science practically and gain an understanding of how science affects society.
Moral – exploring moral issues arising in society such and stem cells, energy resources.
British Values – Students apply their scientific knowledge to careers and roles found in the U.K and learn how to achieve those careers and how they support our future.


Year 9 - 13




Applied Science

Health and Social Care

Child learning play and development