Curriculum Vital

The new National Curriculum in England
Key Stage 3 science programme of study


Pupils should be able to

  • Develop their conceptual understanding as well as scientific knowledge through biology, chemistry and physics
  • Use different types of scientific enquiry to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • Understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future

Key Changes

New content has been added across all three disciplines:


  • Skeletal and muscular systems


  • Concept of a pure substance
  • Properties of ceramics, polymers and composites
  • Efficacy of recycling


  • Uses of ultra-sound
  • resistance
  • Ohm’s law (V=IR)
  • static electricity
  • D.C. motors
  • work done and energy changes on deformation
  • Hooke's Law (F=kX)
  • relative motion
  • atmospheric pressure
  • convex lenses
  • water waves and superposition
  • water's density during freezing
  • sublimation
  • brownian motion

Additionally, the following content has been moved from the GCSE curriculum into KS3


  • The role of diffusion in the movement of materials in and between cells
  • The role of leaf stomata in gas exchange
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic cellar respiration
  • A simple model of chromosomes, genes and DNA in heredity
  • The part played by Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin in the development of the DNA model


  • Use of ray models to explain imaging in mirrors, refraction and action of convex lenses
  • Resistance as the ratio of potential difference to current (and other quantitative relationships)

Key Stage 3 science resources