Science - KS3


Progress Leader: Mrs A Howarth
Assistant Progress Leader: Mrs R Barry/ Mrs N Griffiths
Teaching Staff: Mrs D Preston, Mrs L Atkinson, Miss S Stocks, Mr A Carey, Mr R Johnston
Science Technician: Mrs L Mason
Link Governor: Mr J Gardner


Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity. All students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and use of science. Through building up a body of key fundamental knowledge and concepts, students should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave and analyse causes.

Science at Up Holland High School is about developing students’ ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through investigation, as well as using and applying processing skills. The staff at Up Holland ensure that all student are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow them to explore their outdoor environment and engage with practical investigations. They are immersed in scientific vocabulary, which aids with their knowledge and understanding not only of the topic that they are studying, but the world around them. We intend to provide all students with a broad and balanced science curriculum.

Throughout Key stage 3 students will also focus on key skills. These include:

• Knowledge and understanding of command words- describe, explain, compare & evaluate.
• Planning valid investigations to include:
• Identifying independent, dependent & control variables
• How to represent data
• Drawing conclusions
• Calculating risks


Working scientifically
*To develop students understanding of the cells that make up living organisms. Students will learn the names on functions of the different organelles in animal and plant cells, how cells can specialise for a specific purpose. Students will study how chemicals move in to and out of cells and how some organisms are unicellular.
* To understand how different forces act & how we can measure them.
*To understand the properties of the different states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) in terms of the particle model, including gas pressure and describe changes of state in terms of the particle model.
Structure &
function of body systems
Elements, atoms & compounds
* Students will learn examples of tissues, organs and organ systems, hierarchy or organisation in a multicellular organisms, structure of gas exchange system and how the parts of the gas exchange system to are adapted to their function. Finally the structure and function of the skeletal system.
* Students will understand the differences between atoms, elements and compounds and chemical symbols and formulae for elements and compounds.
* Students will learn the properties of waves, how waves travel, speed of sound, link between pitch and frequency and loudness and amplitude, how the ear works, how other devices detect sound.
* Students will study reproduction in humans including the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, menstrual cycle and pregnancy. Reproduction in plants, including flower structure, including quantitative investigation of some dispersal mechanisms.
Summer Reactions
Acids & alkali’s
* Students will understand the different types of chemical reactions.
*Student will understand the properties of light waves and how they are transmitted through different materials. The structure of the human eye and how coloured objects are formed.
*Students will be able to define acids and alkali’s and their properties and how neutralisation occurs. To understand the pH scale and how we use indicators.
* Students will understand the structure of our solar system, the difference between planets and stars and why the earth has seasons.


Ecosystem processes
The Periodic table
Electricity & magnetism
Health & lifestyle
* Students will understand the key components of a healthy diet & the role of each food group in the body. They will test for different food groups and understand the structure & function of the digestive system. They will understand the impact of illegal & recreational drugs on the body.
* Student will understand the varying chemical & physical properties of different elements. They will understand how to us the periodic table & predict patterns of reactivity.
* Students will understand how objects become charged. They will gain knowledge on the key components in circuits and what their symbols are. They will build circuits from diagrams and investigate factors that can affect them. They will understand magnetism, how magnets interact and the earth’s magnetic field. To understand how electricity can be used to create electromagnets & explore their uses.
* Students will understand the processes of photosynthesis & respiration. They will investigate factors that affect them. They will look at food chains/webs interdependence and bioaccumulation within a habitat.
Separating Techniques
Adaptation & inheritance
*Students will learn the difference in particle arrangement of pure substances and mixtures. From this they will devise ways to separate mixtures dependent on their properties.
* Students will compare energy values in food, power rating of appliances and energy transfers in different objects. They will also learn about the difference between renewable & non-renewable energy resources and be able to evaluate them.
*Students will learn what organisms compete for & how they adapt to their environment to survive. They will look at how scientists worked collaboratively to establish the structure of DNA & how important gene banks & preservation is for the future. They will also learn about the theory of evolution & natural selection.
The reactions of metals & acids
Motion & pressure
The Earth
* Students will observe how metals react with acids and be able to write equations to demonstrate this. They will explore the reactivity series and how it is used to extract metals and how displacement reactions occur due to this.
* Students will learn how to calculate the speeds of objects and interpret distance/ time graphs. They will learn about pressure in different states and how to calculate and what a moment is.
* Students will learn about the structure of the earth, the formation of rocks and sustainability of the earth and its atmosphere, including contributing factors.


Atomic structure & the periodic table
* Students will learn the similarities & differences in eukaryotic & prokaryotic cells. They will understand how to use a microscope and how to calculate magnification and size of cells. They will convert numbers into standard form. They will understand how new cells are produced. They will evaluate the use of stem cells and their applications and refer to ethics.
* Students will learn the structure of the atom & how different scientists contributed to the discovery of different subatomic particles over time. They will become fluent in the use of the periodic table and be able to use electronic structure of elements to predict properties of different groups in the periodic table. They will understand how the periodic table was developed.
Particle model of matter
*Students will understand and apply the particle model to the different states of matter. They will understand the processes involved in the changes of state. Students will calculate energy changes and be able to link pressure with temperature changes.
*Students will learn about the human digestive system which provides the body with nutrients and the respiratory system that provides it with oxygen and removes carbon dioxide. In each case they provide dissolved materials that need to be moved quickly around the body in the blood by the circulatory system. Damage to any of these systems can be debilitating if not fatal.
Although there has been huge progress in surgical techniques, especially with regard to coronary heart disease, many interventions would not be necessary if individuals reduced their risks through improved diet and lifestyle. Students will also learn how the plant’s transport system is dependent on environmental conditions to ensure that leaf cells are provided with the water and carbon dioxide that they need for photosynthesis.
Structure and bonding
Atomic structure (Radioactivity)
*Students will learn how to determine formulae of compounds and how to write word & symbol equations. Students will also learn about the different types of bonding that take place & be able to explain them.
*Students will learn the nuclear model of atoms with a focus on the nucleus. They will understand what makes an atom radioactive and the different types of radiation emitted during radioactive decay. They will study the uses of such radioactive sources and how to calculate half life of radioactive materials. Students will learn about nuclear fission and fusion and their applications.


KS3 STEM trip to London
STEM club
Science club
Eco club


Support your child with homework. Ask them questions about what they are learning about in science & how it applies to the real world around them. Watch documentaries with them and talk about how the world is changing and the impact that humans are having on the world.


Museum of Science & Industry
Natural History Museum
Knowsley Safari Park
Chester zoo
Blackpool zoo
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
The Sealife Centre
Blue planet Aquarium


Gadget Show on Discovery Science
Brain Games on National Geographic
Nat Geo Extreme Wild on National Geographic
Modern Marvels on History
Prehistoric on Animal Planet
Ancient Aliens on History
Superhumans on History
Megascience on Discovery Science
Science of stupid on National Geographic
Magic of science on Discovery Science


Horrible Sciences
Catalyst Magazine
Bad Science Series
KS3 CGP Revision Guides
BBC Operation Ouch
500 Things You Should Know about Science
Richard Hammond Blast Lab
Focus Magazine

BBC Bitesize


Applied Science

• Aeronautical engineer
• Biomedical engineer
• Civil engineer
• Chemical engineer
• Educational technologist
• Electrical engineer
• Engineering technician
• Engineering technologist
• Petrochemical engineer
• Mechanical engineer

General science

• Forensic scientist
• Government scientist
• Healthcare science
• Inventor
• Psychologist
• Research fellow
• School science technician
• Scientist

Life science

• Biologist
• Biomedical scientist
• Botanist
• Herpetologist
• Medical laboratory scientist
• Microbiologist
• Neuroscientist
• Clinical pharmaceutical scientist
• Zoologist

Natural science

• Archaeologist
• Astronaut
• Astronomer
• Biochemist
• Chemist
• Ecologist
• Geographer
• Naturalist
• Oceanographer
• Palaeontologist
• Pathologist

Jun 28
Y7 are having a wonderful time on the London STEM trip 🚀🛸
Jun 13
Trip letter for Miss Baines' Y10 class. Deadline is 3rd July 🚀🛰🛸
Apr 07
Here are some fantastic heart models made by Y9.3 👏❤ #creative #homework #heart
Apr 01
Y9 have been learning all about the components of blood and have used bioviewers to look at samples 🔬👨‍🔬
Mar 16
Y7.3B have had a great time making parachutes during yesterday's lesson. Amazing work guys 👏 #scienceweek