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