Science in Key Stage 3

The three year course comprises four main components. The table shows these four areas, giving them their UK national curriculum terminology as well as their corresponding traditional terms. Many parents will be more familiar with the latter.

National Curriculum Description Traditional Terminology
Science 1: Scientific Enquiry Practical work, research
Science 2: Life Processes and Living Things Biology
Science 3: Materials & their Properties Chemistry
Science 4: Physical Processes Physics

All three content components are taught in each of the three years and underpinned throughout by practical work and research. Teachers ensure that constant links are made between the three areas.

In addition to covering the UK national curriculum requirements, the course is expanded to enrich the students’ understanding of the importance of science in the modern world.