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Science KS3

Mission Statement


At South Charnwood High School our intent is 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 skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this.

In Science our mission is to help your child explore and develop a better understanding of the Big Questions in science. The natural world is full of phenomena that can be observed and we want to teach your child the scientific skills needed to carry out tests, make predictions and learn about the discoveries of others. It is our aim to nurture pupils’ natural inquisitiveness and promote fields of enquiry that will enable them to become the scientists of tomorrow.


KS3 science curriculum:

At South Charnwood students follow a bespoke curriculum based on the KS3 national curriculum.


Note: As a department, we will endeavour to follow the curriculum maps as accurately as circumstances allow. Please be aware that topic orders may change. 


KS3 MAP: Year 7, 8 & 9


 Lessons, marking and assessment:

  • Years 7 and 8 have three lessons per week.
  • Pupils are taught all three sciences by a science specialist.
  • Pupils in Year 7 are taught in mixed ability tutor groups.
  • Pupils in Year 8 are taught in groups based on attainment.
  • Pupils have 3 end of term tests that encompass a mixture of all three science specialisms.
  • Pupils are assessed on their ability to answer a Big Question in each topic they study.
  • Year 9 pupils have three lessons per week..
  • In year 9 students rotate every ten weeks to a different subject specialism.
  • Year 9 pupils are taught for ten weeks before having an end of rotation test.

“During our brief stay on planet Earth, we owe ourselves and our descendants the opportunity to explore - in part because it's fun to do.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson (Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Centre for Earth and Space in New York City)