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City of Peterborough Academy

KS3 Science

KS3 Science

Year 7

The Year 7 curriculum is split into three main subject areas with two units in each:

  • Biology: Cells and Organisation, pupils study the building blocks which make up living things including unicellular and multicellular organisms. Eating, Drinking and Breathing, in which pupils learn the science behind a healthy lifestyle.
  • Chemistry: Mixing, dissolving and separating, pupils develop the basic practical techniques. Elements, compounds and reactions, building on the practical skills pupils now investigate the chemical world.
  • Physics: Forces and their effects, pupils explore the forces that control our world. Energy transfer and sound, looks at the fundamental laws which govern the universe.

In line with the new national curriculum there is a specific focus on how science works (using skills and knowledge in practical settings, problem solving and developing reasoning) in each of the three disciplines. Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a love of learning to last a lifetime, raising aspirations and inspiring budding scientists. 

Assessment occurs regularly at the end of each unit of work, with an examination at the end of each term.

Year 8

Year 8 pupils build on the solid foundations of Year 7, extending their knowledge and developing their skills. Pupils then follow a scheme of work that will ensure they progress during the journey through KS3 and KS4. Regular assessment ensures that all pupils can track their progress and areas for improvement are easily identifiable. There is a strong focus on practical skills with all pupils regularly participating in engaging experiments. Pupils debate social and ethical issues for modern Britain such as IVF and Genetic Modification.  

The year 8 curriculum is split into three main subject areas with two units in each:

  • Biology: Getting the energy your body needs, pupils find out about how we work. Plants and ecosystems, looking at how we fit into the world around us and our impact upon it. 
  • Chemistry: Explaining physical changes, practical investigation into how substances behave. Explaining chemical changes, building on work from Year 7 pupils investigate how elements react.  
  • Physics: Exploring contact and non-contact forces, student build on Year 7 calculating the effects of forces. Magnetism and electricity, pupils investigate these two closely linked forces. 

In line with the new national curriculum there is a specific focus on how science works (using skills and knowledge in practical settings, problem solving and developing reasoning) in each of the three disciplines. Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a love of learning to last a lifetime, raising career aspirations and inspiring budding scientists. 

Assessment occurs regularly at the end of each unit of work, with an examination at the end of each term.

Year 9

Year 9 pupils build on the solid foundations of Year 7 and 8, extending their knowledge and developing their skills, allowing for easy transition into KS4. Pupils then follow a scheme of work that will ensure they progress during the journey through KS3 and KS4. Regular assessment ensures that all pupils can track their progress and areas for improvement are easily identifiable. There is a strong focus on practical skills with all pupils regularly participating in engaging experiments and extended investigations. Pupils debate social and ethical issues for modern Britain such as health, drugs and meeting our energy requirements.  

The Year 9 curriculum is split into three main subject areas with two units in each:

  • Biology: Variation for survival, exploring how animals evolve and adapt to their environment. Our health and the effect of drugs, pupils investigate factors that can effect health, how to make healthy lifestyle choices and the sociological implications of those choices. 
  • Chemistry: Obtaining useful materials, pupils learn how we obtain and use metals and organic materials in everyday life. Using our Earth sustainably is the study and evaluation of how we balance the protection of our natural environment with the energy intensive needs of modern life.  
  • Physics: Motion on Earth and in Space, pupils investigate fundamental forces. Waves and Energy transfer, the practical study of energy, energy transfers and mechanical and electromagnetic waves. 

This is in line with the new national curriculum, there is a specific focus on how science works (using skills and knowledge in practical settings, problem solving and developing reasoning) in each of the three disciplines. Pupils are actively encouraged to develop a love of learning to last a lifetime, raising career aspirations and inspiring budding scientists. 

Assessment occurs regularly at the end of each unit of work, with an examination at the end of each term.

Science Staff

Head of Science Mr J Fletcher
Second in Science Mr F Mugova
KS3 Co-Ordinator, Teacher of Science Miss S Curry
Teacher of Science Mr G Scobie
Teacher of Science / SENCo Miss J Conway
Teacher of Science Mrs C Barham
Teacher of Science Miss L Roughton