Current curriculum (KS3 Science)

Proposed new curriculum (KS3 Science)

Range and content

Range and content

Energy, electricity and forces

a energy can be transferred usefully, stored, or dissipated, but cannot be created, or destroyed. (this includes the properties and behavior of light and sound, renewable energy resources and emerging technologies such as fuel cells

b forces are interactions between objects and can affect their shape and motion (this includes pressure effects, linear motion and turning moments).

c electric current in circuits (this includes current and voltage in series and parallel circuits) can produce a variety of effects (electrical devices are designed to make use of a variety of effects caused by electric currents, including heating, chemical changes and magnetic effects).

[1] Physics (energy)

[1] Changes and transfers

Energy and fuel

·  calculations in kilowatts (kW) and Kilo Joules  

[2] Physics (motion and forces)

Describing motion



Balanced forces

Forces and motion

[3] Physics (waves)

Observed waves - [Theory]

Sound waves

Energy and waves Applications

Light waves

[4] Physics (electricity and electromagnetism)

Current electricity

Static electricity


Chemical and material behaviour

a the particle model provides explanations for the different physical properties and behavior of matter.

b elements (this includes the development and organization of elements in the Periodic Table) consist of atoms that combine together in chemical reactions to form compounds (this includes the different properties of compounds due to the number and type of atoms and their arrangement).

c elements and compounds show characteristic chemical properties and patterns in their behaviour. (this can be exemplified by the reaction of metals and non-metals, and acids and bases)


The environment, Earth and universe

a geological activity (this includes the rock cycle processes, rock formation and weathering) is caused by chemical and physical processes.

b astronomy and space science provide insight into the nature and observed motion of the sun, moon, stars, planets and other celestial bodies.

c human activity and natural processes can lead to changes in the environment.

[5] Physics (matter)

Physical changes

Particle model

Energy in matter


  1. Pure and impure substances

  1. The particulate nature of matter

  1. Atoms, elements and compounds

  1. Chemical reactions

  1. Energetics

  1. Acids, alkalis and neutralisation

  1. The Periodic Table

  1. Materials

9. Earth science (within Chemistry)

Organisms, behavior and health

a life processes are supported by the organization of cells into tissues, organs and body systems.

b the human reproductive cycle includes adolescence, fertilisation and foetal development.

c conception, growth, development, behavior and health can be affected by diet, drugs and disease. (this includes the importance of healthy eating complemented by regular exercise and the effect of drugs such as alcohol, tobacco and cannabis on mental and physical health. It also includes the effects of bacteria and viruses, such as those associated with sexually transmitted infections)

d all living things show variation (this includes inherited and environmental variation and variation through genetic engineering and selective breeding), can be classified and are interdependent, interacting with each other and their environment.

e behavior (this includes human and animal behavior; phycology and ethology) is influenced by internal and external factors and can be investigated and measured.

[1] Biology (structure and function of living organisms)

Cells and organisation

The skeletal and muscular systems

Human nutrition and digestion

The breathing (gas exchange) system


[2] Biology (energy flow and material cycles)


Cellular respiration


[3] Biology (interactions and interdependences)

Relationships in an ecosystem

[4] Biology (genetics and evolution)


Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes