Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

KS3 Science at Abbey Grange Academy

The principal focus of our Science teaching in KS3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Students should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become increasingly aware of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. These big ideas are:

  • Forces
  • Electromagnetism
  • Energy
  • Waves
  • Matter
  • Reactions
  • Earth
  • Organisms
  • Ecosystems
  • Genes

The content of our curriculum has been designed to spiral through these big ideas so that ideas are met and developed through different contexts. Students develop their knowledge and understanding and will then apply this to a range of contexts, both familiar and novel.

Students are encouraged to relate scientific explanations to phenomena in the world around them and start to use modelling and abstract ideas to develop and evaluate explanations. Students should recognise that science is at heart a practical subject and will develop their skills in How Science Works (Working Scientifically), carrying out a range of practical and investigative work throughout the key stage. Through the content delivered students will be taught:

Scientific attitudes

  • pay attention to objectivity and concern for accuracy, precision, repeatability and reproducibility.
  • understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas, together with the importance of publishing results and peer review.
  • evaluate risks.

Experimental skills and investigations

  • ask questions and develop a line of enquiry based on observations of the real world, alongside prior knowledge and experience.
  • make predictions using scientific knowledge and understanding.
  • select, plan and carry out the most appropriate types of scientific enquiries to test predictions, including identifying independent, dependent and control variables.
  • use appropriate techniques, apparatus, and materials during fieldwork and laboratory work, paying attention to health and safety.
  • make and record observations and measurements using a range of methods for different investigations; and evaluate the reliability of methods and suggest possible improvements.
  • apply sampling techniques.

Analysis and evaluation

  • apply mathematical concepts and calculate results.
  • present observations and data using appropriate methods, including tables and graphs.
  • interpret observations and data, including identifying patterns and using observations, measurements and data to draw conclusions.
  • present reasoned explanations, including explaining data in relation to predictions and hypotheses.
  • evaluate data, showing awareness of potential sources of random and systematic error.
  • identify further questions arising from their results.


  • understand and use SI units and IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) chemical nomenclature.
  • use and derive simple equations and carry out appropriate calculations.
  • undertake basic data analysis including simple statistical techniques.

Useful Resources

  • BBC KS3 Bitesize
  • CGP Revision Guides
  • The Abbey Grange DRL

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GCSEs (9 – 1)in Combined Science, or in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

What will I learn?

The Science curriculum offers two pathways which enable all students to excel.

Each pathway covers the prescribed programme of study for Science at KS4, as set out by the National Curriculum.

Both the Combined Science (Trilogy) and separate science courses commence in year 9 and are completed in Year 11. There is no coursework element, so assessment is entirely by terminal examinations. The Combined Science (Trilogy) specification is subset of the specifications for the separate sciences so much of the material covered is common to both courses. All courses have both Foundation and Higher tiers of entry.

Both of these courses provide a suitable basis for students to progress to A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, or Btec Applied Science.

Whilst we try to take student’s and parental wishes into account in making decisions about relevant courses, we would ask that you respect our professional judgement in these issues.

How will I be assessed?

Every course consists of written examinations, including written assessment of practical work and how science works. For separate science GCSEs, the assessment plan is as follows:

  • Biology paper 1: Topics B1-B4
  • Biology paper 2: Topics B5-B7
  • Chemistry paper 1: Topics C1-C5
  • Chemistry paper 2: Topics C6-C10
  • Physics Paper 1: Topics P1- P4
  • Physics Paper 2: Topics P5-P8

Each paper is 100 marks and is 1 hour 45 minutes in length

For Combined Science (Trilogy) the assessment plan is as follows:

  • Biology paper 1: Topics 1-4 (B1-B4 above)
  • Biology paper 2: Topics 5-7 (B5- B7 above)
  • Chemistry Paper 1: Topics 8-12 (C1- C5 above)
  • Chemistry paper 2: Topics 13-17 (C6- C10 above)
  • Physics Paper 1: Topics 18-21 (P1- P4 above)
  • Physics Paper 2: Topics 22-24 (P5-P7 above)

Each paper is 70 marks and 1 hour 15 minutes in length

What could I move onto?

Studying science will broaden your understanding of the world around you, may allow you to influence and develop accepted scientific knowledge, and will give you the skills needed to approach most matters in a reasoned and analytical manner. As such it is a highly valued subject, helping students develop sought after, transferable skills applicable to a huge range of areas.Both routes through Key Stage Four Science will provide students with the opportunities required for them to access A Level Science subjects and/or alternative Post-16 courses.

Exam Boards: AQA

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Abbey Grange C of E Academy

Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 275 7877
Fax: 0113 275 4784

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Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
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