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Curriculum: Science Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 course, following the national curriculum, is broad and varied, offering students the ability to develop and test their scientific thinking in a way which gives them a firm foundation for Key Stage 4.

The national curriculum for science aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Year 7 - The first topic taught in year 7 Science is “Working Scientifically.”

This is followed by topics which can be taught in any order:

Biology - Structure and function of body systems, reproduction, cells

Chemistry - Particles and their behaviour, elements, atoms and compounds, reactions, acids and alkalis

Physics - Forces, sound, light, space

Year 8 - The following topics will be taught during year 8 in any order:

Biology - Health and lifestyle, ecosystem processes, adaptation and inheritance

Chemistry - The Periodic Table, separation techniques, metals and acids, The Earth

Physics - Electricity and magnetism, energy, motion and pressure


GCSE Science study begins in Year 9.


A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 Science is available here

If you have any further questions relating to the Science curriculum at Key Stage 3, please email

Ms L Hope - Science KS3
Richard Lander School