Key Stage 3 Science (III & Shell Form)
- Mr A. Jones (Head of Department)
- Mr O.W.H. Bate (Biology)
- Mr O.R. Anderton (Physics)
The KS3 Science Programme of Study is delivered through the Oxford Activate Science two-year Scheme of Work. The programme lays the foundations for the development of the three separate sciences, biology, chemistry and physics at GCSE.
In the IIIrd Form pupils are taught in form groups with the curriculum providing 4 periods per week in the form of two double periods (2 x 80 minutes). The programme covers the units:
- Working Scientifically (the scientific method)
- Structure and function of body systems
- Particles and their behaviour
- Elements, atoms and compounds
As a more detailed illustration, the Reproduction unit is subdivided into the following sections: Adolescence; Reproductive systems; Fertilisation and implantation; Development of a fetus; The menstrual cycle; Flowers and pollination; Fertilisation and germination.
In the Shell Form pupils are taught in form groups with the curriculum providing 5 periods per week in the form of two double periods (2 x 80 minutes) and one single period (40 minutes). The programme covers the units:
- Health and lifestyle
- Ecosystem processes
- Adaptation and inheritance
- Acids and alkalis
- The Periodic Table
- Separation techniques
- Metals and acids
- Electricity and magnetism
- Motion and pressure
As a more detailed illustration, the Electricity and magnetism unit is subdivided into the following sections: Circuits and current; Potential difference; Charge; Series and parallel; Resistance; Magnets and magnetic fields; Electromagnets.
The Activate Science programme is a very practically-based course. Lessons are taught in one of two dedicated Key Stage 3 Science rooms with linked preparation facility and dedicated technician. One science specialist is responsible for the teaching of each class.