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Cells, Tissues, Organs and Systems
Key Concepts
  • Life Processes
  • Organs and Tissues
  • Organ Systems
  • Microscopes
  • Cells
Key Vocabulary
Cell Wall, Cell Membrane, Cytoplasm, Nucleus, Vacuole, Mitochondria, Chloroplast, Ribosome, Specialised Cell, Stage, Clamps, Light Source, Objective Lens, Eyepiece Lens, Course/Fine Focus, Revolving Nosepiece
Mixtures and Separation
Key Concepts
  • Mixtures and Separation
  • Solutions
  • Evaporation
  • Chromatography
  • Distillation
Key Vocabulary
Atom, Element, Compound, Mixture, Pure, Dissolving, Soluble, Insoluble, Solute, Solubility, Filtrate, Residue, Chromatography
Key Concepts
  • Energy Changes
  • Energy from Food
  • Energy Transfers and Stores
  • Fuels
  • Energy Resources
Key Vocabulary
Energy, Resource, Fossil Fuel, Energy Store, Energy Transfer, Joules, Calorie, Power, Kilojoule, Fuel, Chemical Energy, Gravitational Potential Energy (GPE), Kinetic Energy, Thermal Energy, Elastic Energy, Nuclear Energy, Magnetic Energy, Electrostatic Energy
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Muscles and Bones
Key Concepts
  • Muscles and Breathing
  • Blood
  • The Skeleton
  • Movement
  • Drugs
Key Vocabulary
Contracts, Relaxes, Inhale, Exhale, Blood Vessels, Arteries, Capillaries, Haemoglobin, Skeleton, Ligament, Biceps, Triceps, Reaction Time, Atrium, Ventricle, Pulmonary
Acids and Alkalis
Key Concepts
  • Hazards
  • Indicators
  • Acidity and Alkalinity
  • Neutralisation
Key Vocabulary
Acid, Alkali, Corrosive, Indicator, Pure, pH Scale, Acid Rain, Neutralisation, Chemical Reaction, Reactant, Product, Salt
Key Concepts
  • Circuit Diagrams
  • Current
  • Series and Parallel Circuits
  • Using Electricity
Key Vocabulary
Current, Ammeter, Amperes (A), Component, Resistance, Resistor, Series Circuit, Parallel Circuit, Voltage, Voltmeter, Volt (V), Cell, Bulb, Switch
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Sexual Reproduction in Animals
Key Concepts
  • The Menstrual Cycle
  • Stages in Development of a Foetus
  • Causes of Low Fertility in Male and Female Reproductive Systems
Key Vocabulary
Gamete, Fertilisation, Ovary, Testicle, Oviduct (Fallopian Tube), Uterus (Womb), Ovulation, Menstruation, Reproductive System, Foetus, Gestation, Placenta, Amniotic Fluid, Umbilical Cord
Variation and Classification
Key Concepts
  • Variation Within and Between Species
  • Consider why Classification is Important
  • Investigate Patterns of Variation in Living Things
  • Explain the Occurrence of Variations
Key Vocabulary
Vertebrate, Invertebrate, Mammal, Amphibian, Reptile, Feature, Characteristics, Taxonomic Group, Classify, Association, Correlation, Confidence, Spreadsheet, Database
The Particle Model
Key Concepts
  • Different Properties of Solids, Liquids and Gases
  • The Particle Theory of Matter
  • Applications of the Particle Theory
  • Measuring the Rate of Diffusion
Key Vocabulary
Particle, Diffusion, Gas Pressure, Density, Evaporates, Boil, Condense, Melt, Freeze, Sublime, Temperature, Thermometer
Key Concepts
  • Sketch the Forces Acting on an Object
  • Resultant Forces on an Object
  • Effect of a Force is to Change the Shape of an Object
Key Vocabulary
Equilibrium, Deformation, Linear Relationship, Newton, Resultant Force, Tension, Compression, Contact Force, Friction, Elastic
Subject Overview:

In Year 7 students begin the KS3 Exploring Science course. This is a modular curriculum, covering all 3 sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).

Students have 5 science lessons a week and will receive one piece of homework to complete per week.


At the start of the year, students complete a KS3 transition test, testing KS2 knowledge and skills, which will be used to set students. All students cover the same content, regardless of what set they are put in, with higher sets simply covering the content in more depth and complexity. Setting is frequently reviewed throughout the year to continue to support students.

Students sit an assessment at the end of each module.