The Science curriculum at KS3 is studied as discrete units of work delivered throughout Years 8 -10. These units are designed to cover a wide range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics as listed in the table below.
At the heart of the curriculum lies an emphasis on the development of skills and capabilities for life-long learning and for contributing effectively to society. These whole curriculum skills and capabilities consist of the Cross-Curricular Skills and Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. They are embedded and infused throughout the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and pupils should have opportunities to acquire, develop and demonstrate these skills in Science.
The Cross-Curricular skills of Communication, Using Mathematics, and Using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are skills through which young people access knowledge.
The ability to think both critically and creatively and to develop personal and inter-personal skills and dispositions is essential for functioning effectively in a changing world. Therefore, the development of Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities (TS&PC) is at the heart of the revised curriculum.