KS3 for 2014

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This page contains PowerPoint slideshows that cover the new 2014 Key Stage 3 curriculum, for teaching from September 2014 onwards. Some of these PowerPoint files are available as a free download for evaluation - please look for the "free download" labels below.

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Biology Chemistry Physics


Genetics and Evolution

This slideshow covers the "Genetics and Evolution" topic in the 2014 KS3 curriculum, including: inherited and environmental variation, the role of genes, chromosomes and DNA, how genetic information is inherited from our parents, the role of Watson and Crick, species and how to classify them, continuous and discontinuous variation, evolution, natural selection, extinct species, protecting endangered species, ecosystems and biodiversity.

24 slides

Interactions and Interdependencies

Use this slideshow to help you teach the Interactions and Interdependencies section of the 2014 KS3 course, including: food chains, food webs, breaking links in food chains, the importance in insects in plant pollination, helping plants to grow, bioaccumulation, global population changes and the need for new sources of food.

10 slides

Material Cycles and Energy

This slideshow covers: photosynthesis, what plants need for photosynthesis, the role of plants in food chains, the importance of plants, how leaves are adapted for photosynthesis, how palisade cells are structured to help photosynthesis, starch test, respiration, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, the effects of exercise, the role of muscles.

20 slides

Structure and Function of Living Organisms

Use this slideshow to help you teach the Structure and Functions section of the 2014 KS3 course. It covers: using a microscope, typical plant and animal cells, plant and animal cells compared, diffusion and where it occurs in the body, single celled organisms, single celled and multi-celled organisms compared, cells, tissues, organs and systems, the skeletal system, joints and how bones move, the knee as a typical joint, measuring force from muscles, the healthy eating wheel, why we need different types of food, recommended daily allowances of different foods, dietary imbalances, factors affecting our choice of diet, the digestive system and how it works, peristalsis, diffusion in villi, friendly bacteria, photosynthesis and what it needs, the respiratory system and how it works, how we breathe, diffusion and gas exchange in the lungs, the effect of exercise, the dangers of smoking, damaging the lungs and emphysema, smoker's cough, asthma, gas exchange in plants, male and female reproductive systems, the stages of the menstrual cycle, eggs and sperm and how they are structured, fertilisation in humans, what happens inside the womb and how babies develop, how women give birth, the structure of a flower, how plants reproduce, pollination, seeds, drugs, cannabis as an example of a drug.

60 slides


Atoms, Elements and Compounds

This slideshow covers the basics of the following: the structure of the atom, the definition of element and compound, some simple compounds, symbols for the most common elements, changes of state, changes of mass during a change of state, conservation of mass in reactions.

11 slides

Chemical Reactions

This slideshow covers the "Chemical Reactions" topic from the 2014 KS3 curriculum, including: elements and compounds definition, what happens in a chemical reaction, balancing equations, combustion, thermal decomposition, oxidation, rusting, reactivity, displacement reactions, universal indicator and the pH scale, neutralisation reactions, common acids and alkalis, making salts, reactions of metals with acids, catalysts.

26 slides

Earth and Atmosphere

Use this slideshow to help you teach the KS3 content on geology. It covers: the composition and structure of the Earth, types of rock, how sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks are formed, the rock cycle, the Earth's resources and when they might run out, recycling, the carbon cycle, the Earth's atmosphere, global warming and the role of carbon dioxide, the greenhouse effect, deforestation.

25 slides


This short slideshow covers changes of state, melting ice, heating ice, how energy is used to change particle arrangements, chemical reactions, endothermic and exothermic reactions and some examples.

9 slides


This slideshow covers the brief KS3 content on materials, including: reactivity, the order of metals and carbon in the reactivity series, the uses of carbon in extracting metals, how we get a metal from a metal oxide, properties and examples of ceramics, polymers and composite materials.

8 slides

Particulate Nature of Matter

This slideshow covers the following content from the 2014 KS3 curriculum: particle theory, gas pressure, how temperature affects gas pressure, explaining different properties of solids, liquids and gases using particle theory, changes of state, changes of mass, melting ice.

13 slides

Pure and Impure substances

This slideshow covers: elements and compounds, mixtures, dissolving substances and key words associated with dissolving, particle theory of solutions, diffusion, how to separate mixtures by evaporation, filtration, chromatography and distillation, pure and impure substances.

16 slides

The Periodic Table

Use this slideshow to help you teach the "Periodic Table" content of the 2014 KS3 curriculum, including: definition of an element, putting elements into groups according to their properties, the basics of the periodic table, metals and non-metals, groups and periods, the alkali metals and their reactivity, the halogens, the transition metals and their basic properties, examples and properties of metals and non-metals.

16 slides


Electricity and Magnetism

Use this slideshow to help you teach Electricity and Magnetism as covered on the new 2014 Key Stage 3 curriculum. This PowerPoint includes electric current, basic ideas about current, voltage and resistance, what happens to current and voltage in series and parallel circuits, battery and bulb ratings, Ohm's Law and example questions, static electricity and its effects, Van de Graaf generators and gold leaf electroscopes, magnetic fields, the Earth's magnetic field, electromagnets, the motor effect, electric motors.

41 slides


Use this slideshow to help you teach the Energy topics from the 2014 KS3 curriculum. It covers: food labels and energy content, power ratings of appliances, ways to measure energy and different units, the cost of electricity, reading electricity meters, reading fuel bills, different types of fuel, fossil fuels, renewable vs non-renewable fuels, how power stations work, how nuclear power works, pollution, biomass, wind power, tidal power, wave power, hydroelectricity, solar panels, geothermal energy, how heat energy moves, conduction, convection and radiation, house insulation, different types of energy, energy changes, conservation of energy (contains two animation files that need to be copied into the same folder to work).

54 slides


This slideshow covers the "Matter" topic from the new 2014 KS3 curriculum and includes: particle theory (with animations), density in solids, liquids and gases, floating, changes in density as temperature varies, Brownian motion in gases, changes of state, changes of mass during a change of state, melting ice and what happens to the particles, dissolving and key words associated with it, diffusion, physical and chemical changes, internal energy.

19 slides

Motion and Forces

Use this slideshow to help you teach the Motion and Forces topic from the new 2014 KS3 curriculum! It covers distance, speed and time, distance-time graphs, relative motion, definition of forces and some common examples, balanced and unbalanced forces, resultant force, air resistance, terminal velocity, balanced and unbalanced seesaws, turning moments, balanced moments, the effect of forces, force and extension in a spring, Hooke's Law, energy changes in a stretched spring, contact and non-contact forces, pressure in fluids, gas pressure, floating, upthrust, Archimedes' Principle, pressure, force and area.

46 slides

Space Physics

This slideshow covers the following material from the 2014 KS3 syllabus: gravity, weight and mass, gravity on different planets, the Earth's orbit, the moon's orbit, the spin of the Earth, night and day, the tilt of the axis, seasons and their effects, a light year, the size of the universe, galaxies and the universe.

16 slides


This slideshow covers the following topics from the 2014 KS3 curriculum: water waves, superposition, reflection of sound waves, measuring the speed of sound, how sound travels, longitudinal waves, how the ear works, how different sounds appear on an oscilloscope, auditory ranges of different animals, pressure waves, how microphones work, using ultrasound to clean objects, transverse vs longitudinal waves, how light from the sun reaches us through a vacuum, transmission, absorption, diffuse scattering and specular reflection, reflection from a mirror, ray diagrams for mirrors, pinhole cameras, refraction, why the eye sees things upside down, transferring energy through a light wave, the colours of the rainbow, adding colours, primary and secondary colours, using filters, seeing coloured objects in different colours of light.

47 slides