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Schemes of Work

Science at key stage 3



Unit 7A. Cells
Unit 7B. Reproduction
Unit 7C. Environment and feeding relationships
Unit 7D. Variation and classification
Unit 7E. Acids and alkalis
Unit 7F. Simple chemical reactions
Unit 7G. Particle model of solids, liquids and gases
Unit 7H. Solutions
Unit 7I. Energy resources
Unit 7J. Electrical circuits
Unit 7K. Forces and their effects
Unit 7L. The solar system and beyond
Unit 8A. Food and digestion
Unit 8B. Respiration
Unit 8C. Microbes and disease
Unit 8D. Ecological relationships
Unit 8E. Atoms and elements
Unit 8F. Compounds and mixtures
Unit 8G. Rocks and weathering
Unit 8H. The rock cycle
Unit 8I. Heating and cooling
Unit 8J. Magnets and electromagnets
Unit 8K. Light
Unit 8L. Sound and hearing
Unit 9A. Inheritance and selection
Unit 9B. Fit and healthy
Unit 9C. Plants and photosynthesis
Unit 9D. Plants for food
Unit 9E. Reactions of metals and metal compounds
Unit 9F. Patterns of reactivity
Unit 9G. Environmental chemistry
Unit 9H. Using chemistry
Unit 9I. Energy and electricity
Unit 9J. Gravity and space
Unit 9K. Speeding up
Unit 9L. Pressure and moments
Unit 9M. Investigating scientific questions

What is this scheme of work?

This scheme shows how the science programme of study for key stage 3 can be translated into manageable units of work.

The scheme is not statutory; you can use as much or as little as you wish. You could use the whole scheme or individual units. The sections on ‘using this scheme’ and ‘sequencing the units’ can help you to decide how you want to use the scheme.

The units are aimed at pupils who are attaining at levels that are broadly appropriate for their age. You may therefore need to adapt them to meet your pupils’ needs. The ‘Adapting units’ section provides guidance on doing this; we have also provided examples of how teachers adapted units.

You may also wish to combine these units with units from another subject. The ‘Combining units’ section gives information on exploiting powerful links between subjects.