Key knowledge is defined for Key Stage 3; we know exactly what our pupils need to know at the end of each topic, and how it will be further developed in future learning. Pupils by the end of year 9 have a broad and deep understanding of key ideas in all three science disciplines and are well-prepared to progress into Key Stage 4 successfully.
Knowledge is sequenced carefully from Year 7 through to Year 9, with practice and recap at the start of each topic, to ensure thorough foundations before more complex concepts are acquired.
Key Stage 3 is full of knowledge, but also skills: learning skills, practical skills, deep thinking skills and exam skills. Students get plenty of ‘hands-on’ experience with practical investigations across the three sciences, and immediately start considering the impact they, and science, have on our global and local context.
The Key Knowledge that we deliver is as follows:
We encourage all of our pupils to engage in enrichment and extra curricular activities in school. We are currently offering the following enrichment in KS3 but for up to date information, please consult the latest edition of the Parent Newsletter.