Science KS3 Reading List

The Faculty

Science is about learning through discovery. Students at Oxford Spires can expect to spend science lessons learning how to investigate the world around them through practical work complemented with developing a full understanding of theory.

KS3 Curriculum

The KS3 curriculum is taught in year seven, eight and until the February half term in year nine. We aim to stimulate the imagination of the pupils, and develop in them a passion for the subject through teaching KS3 science in an overtly enquiry based and practical style. There is an even mix of Biology, Chemistry and Physics – a full list of topics that are taught and in which year can be seen below.


  • Year 7 Cells and Reproduction
  • Year 8 The Heart & Lungs and Digestion
  • Year 9 Green Plants and Genetics


  • Year 7 Chemical Reactions & Particle Theory
  • Year 8 Earth & Atmosphere and Elements, Mixtures & Compounds
  • Year 9 Chemical Reactions & Analytical Techniques


  • Year 7 Forces 1 & Energy
  • Year 8 Forces 2 & Waves
  • Year 9 Space & Electricity & Magnetism


The most comprehensive and easily accessible and place for pupils to consolidate topics and prepare for test is on the BBC website as follows:


KS4 Curriculum

Students will follow one of two courses: Triple Science which gains them three GCSEs; or Double Science which gains them two GCSEs. For each individual student a choice is made between the two pathways based upon which one will give them the best opportunity to be successful in their GCSE qualifications and in the choices that they make following these.

The exam board for GCSE science is AQA. Links to the textbooks that support the course are as follows:








A Levels

Science offer A levels in Psychology (AQA), Biology (Edexcel), Chemistry (AQA) and Physics (OCR Advancing Physics). Students are expected to achieve at least a B in Science, English and Maths at GCSE as a prerequisite but A or above is preferable. We also offer a Level 2 BTEC in Health and Social Care to Year 12 students.


Extra-Curricular Activities

  • A wide range of trips are run each year. Pupils can gain the greatest benefit from, and be inspired by the largest amount of research science that happens in Oxfordshire and beyond.
  • A science club is run for KS3 to enable students to pursue further their interests in practical science.
  • A Lego-League club is run to encourage pupils who are interested in engineering and computer coding.

Particular Successes

Thanks to the combination of options we offer and personalised intervention the majority of students achieve at least one GCSE ‘C’ grade or equivalent at KS4 with many more achieving 2 or 3 and going on to study science A-Levels. Numerous students from our A level courses go on to study science degrees at university.