Proper Science KS3 - individual topics

Proper Science KS3 - individual topics

Try teaching one topic from the course. If you then buy Proper Science, you'll get a refund.

Are you following a KS3 curriculum that's stuck in ‘surface learning’ mode? Why not switch to Proper Science - a curriculum designed for ‘deep, transferable learning’?

Be a case study in our research project and get the Proper Science course 1/2 price. 

Free evaluation topic

Download new sample material

Why is Proper Science ideal for deep, transferable learning?

Surface learning courses 'cover' the ideas that are easy to transmit. Proper Science focusses on:

  • explaining phenomena with key concepts
  • integrating working scientifically into each lesson
  • cognitive strategies for apply and analyse
  • tasks to develop 21st century learning skills
  • engaging contexts and real-life problem


Please write the name of the topic(s) you're ordering in the order notes.

£999.00 £14.99

Each key concept is divided up into learning cycle stages:

Activate Pre-assessments to check prior concept understanding
Acquire Explorations to build concepts by explaining phenomena
Apply (Practice Book, sold separately) Extensive problem-solving
Assess Diagnostic quizzes to identify weak understanding
Analyse Challenges to use higher-order thinking 

Plus there's a summative assessment:
Test Exam-style quiz to measure progress in acquire (AO1), apply (AO2) and analyse (AO3)

      The materials cover the 6 learning stages for each of the 22 key concepts in Year 7, and 23 key concepts in year 8 of the 5-year plan. Here is a list of what's included for each stage. To see examples, Download the free Year 7 Cell Structure topic 


      • Pre-assessment tasks: short activities to check understanding of an essential prior concept, diagnose and reveal misconceptions
      • Teachers guides, with answers and ideas for follow-up


      • 40-50 fully-resourced acquire lessons: engaging phenomena, exploratory activities and crystal clear, in-depth explanations to help students gain full understanding
      • Single or multiple lessons depending on the complexity of the concept
      • PowerPoint presentation backbone with high-quality visuals
      • Student activity sheets
      • Teachers guides with slide-by-slide running the lesson notes
      • Technicians guide, with practical details

      Apply (see Mastery Practice Book)

      • 50 sets of problems set in new contexts for application of knowledge
      • Detailed worked examples using Detect, Recall, Solve strategy
      • Your turn practice questions, hints and answers
      • In book form or in digital form


      • Diagnostic quizzes to test understanding and application
      • Self-assessment feedback sheets
      • Teachers guide with question specification
      • Reassess quiz - for students to have a second chance, an opportunity to do rethinking on areas where they struggled


      • Challenging tasks to develop higher-order thinking, where students have to interpret new information with conceptual understanding
      • Scaffolds with and hints, and model answers


      • Summative quizzes which can be combined to make end-of-unit or end-of-term tests
      • Divided into understanding (AO1), application (AO2) and analysis (AO3)
      • Teachers guide with mark scheme


      • Unit guides with a summary of all the components and advance planning information

      Proper Science is delivered electronically. Most files are pdf format. Acquire presentations are in editable PowerPoint format.

      Contact forces unit

      Download unit planner for details

      Topics (Key concepts):

      • Balanced/unbalanced
      • Friction
      • Density

      Substances & particles unit

      Download unit planner for details

      Topics (Key concepts):

      • Particle model
      • Mixtures
      • Solutions

      Cells unit

      Download unit planner for details

      Topics (Key concepts):

      • Cell structure
      • Specialised cells

      Reproduction unit

      Download unit planner for details

      Topics (Key concepts):

      • Sexual/asexual
      • Menstrual cycle
      • Embryo development

      Interdependence unit 

      Download unit planner for details

      Topics (Key concepts):

      • Feeding relationships
      • Competition
      • Abiotic & biotic factors 

        Changing substances unit

        Download unit planner for details

        Topics (Key concepts):

        • Chemical & physical
        • pH scale
        • Neutralisation

        Electric circuits unit

        Download unit planner for details

        Topics (Key concepts):

        • Electric current
        • Resistance

            Energy transfers unit

            Download unit planner for details

            Topics (Key concepts):

            • Energy
            • Wasted energy
            • Heat & temperature

              Movement unit

              Topics (Key concepts):

              • Speed
              • Motion graphs

              Electrical energy unit

              Topics (Key concepts):

              • Electric force
              • Voltage

              Light unit

              Topics (Key concepts):

              • Reflection
              • Refraction

              Gravity unit

              Topics (Key concepts):

              • Weight
              • Gravitational force
              • Solar system

              Pure substances unit

              Topics (Key concepts):

              • Elements or compounds
              • Simple or giant

              Reactants & products unit 

              Topics (Key concepts):

              • Oxidation
              • Acid reactions

              Earth systems unit

              Topics (Key concepts):

              • Earth processes
              • Potable water

                Tissues & organs unit

                Topics (Key concepts):

                • Gas exchange
                • Cell organisation
                • Digestive system

                Respiration unit

                Topics (Key concepts):

                • Aerobic respiration
                • Anaerobic respiration

                    Life diversity unit

                    Topics (Key concepts):

                    • Variation
                    • Selective breeding
                    • Adaptation

                    How has the course changed since the original 'Complete Mastery'? The year 7 course has been thoroughly revised, after trialling to make the materials easier to use. They have much more explicit teaching, differentiation, plus new topical science contexts. 

                    Are all the acquire lessons like the sample, cell structure? No, they're all different. We want to engage students with a wide range of interests, and give them a wide range of experiences of doing science. Each lesson starts with a context - a reason to learn the concept. Some are mysterious phenomena, some explore contemporary issues, some have students taking scientific roles, and a few reconstruct the original discovery of the science idea. See some of the contexts from Y7 Acquire lessons

                    What is included or not included in Proper Science ? It includes teaching and assessment materials for all the 22 key concepts in year 7. For each one there is a pre-assessment (Activate), one or more fully resourced lessons (Acquire), diagnostic quiz, feedback and parallel quiz (Assess), challenging task (Analyse) and summative assessment (Test). The year 7 Practice Book is an optional extra not included in the pack. 

                    How is it a mastery course? First, the learning objectives go beyond knowledge recall. They are designed for students to succeed at all the 3 assessment objectives Acquire (AO1), Apply (AO2) and Analyse (AO3). Second, each teaching sequence offers strong support for building students' knowledge, understanding and skills. Third, there are two formative assessment stages built-in - Activate and Assess, so you can decide if students need more learning opportunities before moving on.

                    How does the work change in terms of difficulty as you progress through each year? The Key Concepts progress in difficulty from year 7 to year 8 and onwards. The curriculum map is a learning progression within each Big Idea. Later Key Concepts are more theoretical and more quantitative, and require students to integrate earlier ones. If you are using Proper Science, you can also control the difficulty level - how much of the scientific thinking we put into the course that you hand over to the students.

                    Is there any planned timing for each unit/section/topic and each year of Blueprint? Yes, there is an estimated time for each stage of each Key Concept teaching and for each unit overall. The content in each year is designed to be approximately a year's worth. However, there is a big variation across schools in the number of lessons for science, and obviously a variation in the rate at which students learn. In the mastery model curriculum time is a variable, especially in year 7 and we have spread out the topics so that students have enough time to gain understanding.

                    To allow enough time to finish all the topics in the 5 years of Blueprint, Year 11 is deliberately about half the size of Year 10. This should allow schools to go slower in earlier years if needed, and still finish the whole curriculum.

                    Any advice on how we could manage students joining the school in the middle of the 5 years ie Yr 9 or Yr 10 rather than yr 7? From year 9 onwards you will have the detailed Blueprint planners to guide the structuring of content. From year 9-11, the content is, of course, the same as existing courses, but has been reordered and reprioritised. Each topic tells you what the prior ideas are. So this is the place to start with new students, making sure they have the prior understanding needed before teaching the new Key Concepts. New students may also be unused to the emphasis on scientific thinking and enquiry so may need more support at the beginning.

                    Is there a textbook to accompany the course? Yes. It's called Understanding Science and it's designed from first principles to help all abilities grasp the difficult ideas. See more details about Understanding Science.

                    Is there a programme for Years 9-11?

                    We currently offer 3 products to support a mastery curriculum.

                    1) Blueprint 5-year plan, which maps out all the key concepts, skills, progression, and which year/unit to teach each concept. For each, it provides an outline of the teaching sequence with detailed knowledge descriptors and the kinds of activities students need to do to acquire, apply and analyse. This covers Y7-11 and the basic version with 100 concept planners is free. Y7/8 was published last year and the new version being published this term.

                    2) Proper Science , a Y7 and Y8 programme with all the materials and assessment to teach towards AO1, AO2 and AO3, using big ideas and mastery approach. This is currently only for Y7-8. We are considering a lighter version for Y9.

                    3) Apply Practice Books, train students in applying knowledge. There is a Y7, Y8, and Y9 book and the Y10-11 book is in development. Each covers all the key concepts for that year.

                    In summary: products 1) and 3) are available for Y10-11 but not 2). We will also be producing tasks and performance assessments that cover year 9. We also expect that schools using Proper Science in year 7 and 8 will be able to translate the strategies to year 9-11 with fewer curriculum resources than we provide in year 7-8. 

                    What about students doing triple students?

                    Blueprint 5-year plan currently covers combined science only. It is fairly straightforward to adapt it for separate science. It is mainly adding extra content - to certain units - with just a few extra Key Concepts. 

                    Are all the AQA GCSE spec points hit through teaching? Exact examples are needed as the exam quotes these in the mark scheme.

                    Yes, Blueprint covers all of the AQA Combined Science specifications. The planners will give the GCSE reference, statement by statement where each spec point is taught. The planners indicate the depth of knowledge - whether it is a low-level concept or a complex understanding that has associated Apply and Analyse objectives.

                    Is Blueprint only matched to AQA Combined trilogy Spec?

                    The main ideas in each Key Concept cover all the Combined Science specifications, as they are very similar. There are differences at the individual statement level, which is where we have matched AQA.

                    We are producing a document showing the statements in OCR/Edexcel which are not explicitly mentioned so schools can add these to the relevant topics.

                    How much development or planning does the school need to do?

                    Once you have Proper Science, you have plans and resources for the lesson and assessments. Any course needs some adaptation: sometimes you will want to add extra activities to give students extra support and sometimes more extended practicals. Because there are only approx 23 Key Concepts per year, there is space for this. You will also need to sometimes add more differentiation. We give suggestions and options but do not provide multiple versions of every activity.

                    The other work is CPD - getting teachers to understand the approach, and because lessons might take an unfamiliar approach, the important habit of reading lesson guides to understand before teaching. We have taken feedback from schools and are working on adding more guidance for teachers, and options for differentiation - this will appear in future updates to the course.

                    How can we schedule teaching throughout the 5 years?

                    The 5-year curriculum map shows the key concepts/units planned for each year. There are approx 22-23 per year, allowing 1-1.5 weeks for teaching each. Units vary in length depending on the number and complexity of concepts. The planner shows approx timings for each learning stage (5As).

                    In Y7 we recommend being flexible on unit timings to get the benefit of mastery. Ie if you take time to do all the lessons as intended more students will reach a high level of understanding, and this will enable them to grasp more complex concepts at GCSE. The formative assessments (Activate, Assess) will tell teachers whether students can progress or need more learning time.

                    When will I get the materials? 

                    After we receive payment, we create a pack that is personalised to each school, with a license name. Then we send the nominated teacher a message with the access details. This process takes 2-3 days. 

                    How are the materials delivered? The materials are electronic downloads using Dropbox. Most of the materials are in pdf format. The Acquire presentations are in PowerPoint format as they contain some animation. You can see what is provided for teaching and assessing each concept, by clicking 'sample materials'

                    Is Proper Science like OUP's Activate course (Kerboodle)? Not really. The main educational difference is that Proper Science is designed from scratch to meet the demands of the Blueprint, 5-year big ideas curriculum and the new GCSE. It is not a collection of resources, but a systematic approach based on learning stages, and a mastery model. Also, Proper Science is a one-off purchase and not a yearly subscription like OUP's course.


                    Using a Purchase Order? Add a customer note with the PO number during checkout. Your confirmation email will include a link to the invoice to pay.

                    Need our details? You can download the company details. This includes contact information and bank details. Contact us for further information.

                    Customer Reviews

                    Be the first to write a review

                    Customer Reviews

                    Be the first to write a review