Oxford Home Schooling offers an integrated KS3 Science course that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum for Years 7-9. It also meets the requirements of the UK 13+ Common Entrance Examination. Students can enrol on the full Year 7-9 courses or separately for any of the three Year-based courses. The entire course follows an integrated approach to all three sciences with lessons on each taken in rotation.
The course builds progressively: the Year 8 course refers back to subject content that appears in the Year 7 course, and Year 9 refers back to topics covered in Years 7 and 8. Year 8 and 9 students will also find the earlier course topics covered in good KS3 Science textbooks and can refer to these alongside the Year 8 and Year 9 course folders.
The course provides an excellent introduction to the sciences and offers students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required for further study at GCSE or IGCSE.
The new KS3 Science Year 7 course is suitable for Oxford Home Schooling students who are beginning KS3 Science at Year 7 level. Students wanting to begin KS3 Science in Year 8 or Year 9 should follow our separate KS3 Science courses for Years 8 or 9 (see below). To benefit fully from course activities, students will need to have access to the internet.
The Year 7 topics are as follows:
Module 1: Introducing Science (sample lesson)
Module 2: Cells, Energy, Change in State
Module 3: Organisms, Mixtures, Energy Resources
Module 4: Life Cycles, Mixtures, Forces
Module 5: Reproduction, Acids and Alkalis, Light
Module 6: Disease, Particles, the Solar System
The Year 8 course continues to develop topics introduced in Year 7 and takes them to the next level. Again the course follows the National Curriculum in its objectives, level, and pace of study.
It has been written in a friendly and informative way to engage the student and hopefully interest them in taking Science at a higher level.
The Year 8 topics are as follows:
Module 1: Food, Equations and Electricity (sample lesson)
Module 2: Respiration, Burning and Electricity
Module 3: Breathing, Rocks and Heat
Module 4: Adaptations, Rocks and Heat
Module 5: Ecology and Gravity
Module 6: Student Investigation
The Year 9course continue to cover the three main sciences included in the National Curriculum: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. As in Years 7 and 8, there are Tutor-marked Assignments at the end of each module. These aim to give both student and parent or guardian a good idea of the student’s progress.
The Year 9 topics are as follows:
Module 1: Variation, Reactivity, and Pressure (sample lesson)
Module 2: Selection, Chemical Patterns, and Turning Forces
Module 3: Photosynthesis, Gases, and Speed
Module 4: Plants, Air Pollution, and Magnets
Module 5: Plant Reproduction, Using Chemistry, and Electromagnetism
Module 6: Skeletons, Sound, and Space
Each course includes a series of 18 or 24 lessons arranged in six topics. Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. In addition to subject content, each lesson includes a wide range of activities to engage student’s in practising skills, finding out more about a topic, and consolidating their learning. Effective learning is also encouraged through self-assessment tests. The course includes a pull-out parents’ guide which includes answers to self-assessment questions.
A Full version of the National Curriculum for Science can be found here.
The UK Common Entrance examination syllabus can be found here.
A reasonable level of proficiency in arithmetical skills is assumed. Students should have access to the internet to engage in some of the course activities.
The course makes recommendations for practical experiments which can be done from home. The activities within the course use the minimum of equipment which can be easily obtained.
Assessment is formative by way of Tutor-marked assignments at the end of each module. There is no external examination for this course.
Within KS3 Home Schooling there are the following subjects