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KS3 Science

KS3 Course

Our KS3 course is designed around the AQA KS3 Science specification. We use the Collins KS3 Science text books in class.

Our newly designed schemes of work reflect the chances made to the AQA GCSE specifications and will ensure all of our students are GCSE ready at the end of year 8. Throughout the year topic guides and revision resources will be uploaded to this page to allow parents and carers to further support students at home. 

Expectations in Science

Homework & Assessments

  • After each science lesson all students should be completing a minimum of 15 minutes revision to go over what they have learned.
  • Learning all the new vocabulary in science is as difficult in a foreign language and so students will be expected to learn the definitions of key words.
  • All additional homework is set via Show my Homework
  • After each topic (between 5-10 lessons) students will have an in class end of topic test
  • They are expected to be revising for this after every lesson
  • We mark the tests in class, students review and improve their answers and learn from their mistakes.
  • Their science teacher will second mark their test and give them back a grade.
  • The teacher will then have a conversation with each student as to if they are achieving their target grade and what they need to be doing to improve.

KS3 Revision Materials

  • We would recommend students use the topic lists below to colour code the topics they fins easy, medium and hard (Red, Amber & Green) and then start to revise the red topics first, as they have identified these as an area of weakness.
  • Students can then revisit these topics using revision resources such as BBC Bitesize,,  for their revision.
  • Students can also email their teacher and they can send them the specific resources I have used during my lessons such as notes and PowerPoints.
  • Students are welcome to book a time after school for 1-1 revision time and help with their teacher.
  • When students start their GCSE’s in year 9 they are expected to have a revision guide which they can purchase from the school library. Fairfield recommends CGP New Grade 9-1 combined science revision and practice, for more information see GCSE revision resources
  • When students start their GCSE’s they will all be given access to an online copy of the schools text book on ‘Kerboodle’. Kerboodle contains all of the GCSE lesson PowerPoints, work sheets, interactive check points, games, past paper questions etc. for them to use at home for their revision.

If you have any questions please email your students science teacher

Year 7 Scheme of Work 2018-19

  • 7.1 Forces (7.1.1 Speed & 7.1.2 Gravity) Topic guide & Homework
  • 7.2 Matter (7.2.1 Particle model & 7.2.2 Separating Mixtures)
  • 7.3 Organisms (7.3.1 movement & 7.3.2 Cells)
  • 7.4 Electromagnets (7.4. 1 voltage and 7.4.2 resistance & Current)
  • 7.5 Reactions (7.5.1 Metals and 7.5.2 Non-metals & Acids and Alkalis)
  • 7.6 Ecosystems (7.6.1 Interdependence & 7.6.2 Plant reproduction)
  • 7.7 Energy (7.7.1 Energy Costs & 7.7.2 Energy Transfer)
  • 7.8 Earth (7.8.1 Earth Structure & 7.8.2 Universe)
  • 7.9 Genes (7.9.1 Variation & 7.9.2 Human reproduction)
  • 7.10 Waves (7.10.1 Light & 7.10.2 Sound)

Year 8 Scheme of work 2018-19

Below you will find a list of topic for teach term:

Term 1




  • how plants make food
  • structure of leaf
  • role of stomata
  • investigating photosynthesis
  • movement of water
  • minerals and plants


  • composition of air
  • chromatography
  • CSI chromatography
  • best solvent
  • modelling separation
  • particle model dist and solubility
  • emulsion and colloid


  • calculating speed
  • investigating speed
  • distance time graph 1
  • distance time graph 2
  • relative motion
  • speed and equilibrium
  • parachuting

Term 2




  • muscles and respiration
  • plants and respiration
  • mitochondria
  • glucose and waste management
  • anaerobic 02 debt
  • fermentation
  • aerobic and anaerobic respiration


  • acids - hazard
  • alkalis
  • Indicators
  • Universal indicator
  • neutralisation practical
  • neutralisation theory
  • salts


  • the night sky
  • day and year length
  • gravity and Earth
  • What is an eclipse?
  • historical ideas of solar system and why they changed
  • the big bang
  • space travel

Term 3




  • heart
  • blood vessels
  • body defences and spread of disease
  • blood cells and body defences
  • types of microorganism
  • growth of bacteria
  • vaccination


  • Acids and metals
  • acid and carbonates
  • antacid
  • uses of acids
  • combustion
  • fuels
  • acid rain


  • pressure on a solid surface
  • pressure in a liquid
  • pressure in a gas
  • calculating work done
  • force multipliers as machines

Term 4




  • variation and graphs
  • variation and causes
  • selective breeding
  • ideas of evolution
  • evolution evidence
  • chromosomes - Mendel
  • chromosomes



  • ores
  • reactivity series
  • displacement reactions
  • reducing iron oxide
  • intro electrolysis
  • flow diagrams / yield
  • impact of mining


  • light
  • reflection
  • refraction
  • colour

Term 5




  • genetic fingerprint
  • sex determination
  • cloning
  • Genetic Modification
  • Types of drugs
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol


  • Endothermic and exothermic reactions
  • What is a catalyst?
  • ceramics
  • polymers natural
  • polymers man made
  • composites
  • static charge
  • explaining circuits amps
  • potential difference
  • series and parallel  Circuits
  • resistance



If a parent requires a paper copy of the information on the school's website, please contact us and this will be provided free of charge