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KS3 Science : Range and Content

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3. Range and content

This section outlines the breadth of the subject on which teachers should draw when teaching the key concepts and key processes.

The study of science should include:

3.1 Energy, electricity and forces

  • energy can be transferred usefully, stored, or dissipated, but cannot be created or destroyed
  • forces are interactions between objects and can affect their shape and motion
  • electric current in circuits can produce a variety of effects.

3.2 Chemical and material behaviour

  • the particle model provides explanations for the different physical properties and behaviour of matter
  • elements consist of atoms that combine together in chemical reactions to form compounds
  • elements and compounds show characteristic chemical properties and patterns in their behaviour.

3.3 Organisms, behaviour and health

  • life processes are supported by the organisation of cells into tissues, organs and body systems
  • the human reproductive cycle includes adolescence, fertilisation and foetal development
  • conception, growth, development, behaviour and health can be affected by diet, drugs and disease
  • all living things show variation, can be classified and are interdependent, interacting with each other and their environment
  • behaviour is influenced by internal and external factors and can be investigated and measured.

3.4 The environment, Earth and universe

  • geological activity is caused by chemical and physical processes
  • astronomy and space science provide insight into the nature and observed motions of the sun, moon, stars, planets and other celestial bodies
  • human activity and natural processes can lead to changes in the environment.
 

 
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