Top 10 Best Books for Key Stage 3

Subjects at Key Stage 3 level can be difficult to grasp as topics get more complex and those daunting exams start to loom. However, these brilliant books are sure to help children face the classroom and the exam hall with confidence. See below for the best books for Key Stage 3.

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1. Letts KS3 Success English Revision Guide 

Get your kids to grips with English at KS3 with this handy revision guide, ideal for all types of learners. The magazine layout helps get information across in an easy-to-read format for visual learners, the activities in each section are perfect for kinaesthetic learners and the accompanying audio tracks support auditory learners. 


2. KS3 Maths Revision Guide: Levels 3-6 or Levels 5-8

Richard Parsons

Whether a student is studying the Foundation Level or Higher Level maths programme, these books will help to clear up all the complex topics they'll encounter - and it features plenty of fun jokes to keep them entertained! Each section is split into a topic per page, ensuring that tricky areas are broken down into bitesize chunks, and there are lots of useful questions to help consolidate students' new skills and knowledge. This rib-tickling revision guide is sure to help students grapple with this notoriously difficult subject at KS3 level.


3. Collins KS3 Revision Guide: Geography

Collins

This revision guide provides concise and accessible revision notes for all the KS3 geography content, as well as five practice opportunities for each topic. With topic review questions later in the book and plenty of practice to ensure students fully understand each topic, this book is guaranteed to help students achieve the best results possible.


4. Letts KS3 Success: Science Revision Guide

Letts

This unique and innovative revision guide supports all learning styles, ensuring success for every student. The clear magazine-style layout communicates all the important information effectively for visual learners. Hands-on activities for every topic provide valuable revision opportunities for kinaesthetic learners. Free audio tracks guide auditory learners through all the essential points. This three-pronged approach to learning will reinforce learning for all students through a variety of engaging methods.


5. Collins KS3 Revision Guide: History

Collins

This revision guide offers straightforward and accessible revision notes for all the KS3 history content, as well as five practice opportunities for every topic. With useful review questions and plenty of practice provided to make sure that students understand each topic, this book is sure to help students achieve the best results possible in history at KS3 level.


6. The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Biology

Corinne Stockley

Perfect for students studying SATs and preparing for GCSEs, this vibrant biology book covers all aspects of the curriculum, including ecology, zoology and human biology. It also contains a general information section, featuring essential charts and tables, and its brightly-coloured and illustrated pages are sure to keep students engaged. Plus, it provides internet links so that students can access further online educational resources, great for helping to consolidate the new skills and knowledge they've learnt. They'll be biology buffs in no time with this brilliant book!


7. Oxford School Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar Dictionary

Oxford

Get to grips with grammar, spelling and punctuation with this indispensable dictionary. Simple to navigate, the dictionary is divided into two sections. The first is a reference section containing simple rules, tips and examples that will help students spell, punctuate and write correctly. The second provides an alphabetical list of commonly-misspelled and tricky words, ensuring students don't get caught out! This book is the perfect classroom companion and ideal for helping students prepare for exams.


8. What's Chemistry All About?

Alex Frith

Chemistry is explained in an entertaining and informative way in this lively, interactive book. Discover information on all the key topics, including the periodic table, atom structure and radiation. Discover the chemistry of everyday life, from the chemical processes that break down food, to the wonders of the atmosphere. The simple, fun experiments provided bring learning to life and help to reinforce the material.


9.Oxford Students Atlas

Patrick Wiegand

This introductory atlas has been specially designed to support and motivate students in their geographical and mapping skills, and is sure to come in handy in the classroom and for exams. It not only includes colourful maps and satellite images, but also covers key topics, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, climate change and globalisation.


10. Did Anything Good Come Out of... World War Two?

Emma Marriott

This book looks at the events leading up to World War Two, the most widespread war in history, in which the major participants used all of their industrial, economic and technological might to wage 'total war' upon each other. It examines the legacy of the war, both in terms of the terrible things that came out of it and in terms of the good things, such as advances in medicine and computing and the establishment of the United Nations.


Don't forget to check out our entire range of the best Key Stage 3 books!

  • AIVMX 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £4.95
    This book is full of clear revision notes and diagrams for students studying KS3 Maths. It covers the current KS3 programme of study and is aimed at students working at levels 3-6. The whole thing's designed to make revision straightforward - each section is split into a topic per page, with lots of handy questions to check what you've learnt as you go along. It's all explained simply and thoroughly and there's the odd joke thrown in to help break up the revision.
  • AIVLM 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £4.95
    This book is full of clear revision notes and diagrams for students studying KS3 English. It covers the current KS3 programme of study and is aimed at students working at levels 4-7. The whole thing's designed to make revision straightforward - each section is split into a topic per page, with lots of handy questions to check what you've learnt as you go along. It's all explained simply and thoroughly and there's the odd joke thrown in to help break up the revision.
  • SPGD 11 years +
    11 years +
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    • £3.99
    • RRP £10.99
    • Save £7.00Save 62.9999999999999994315658113919198513031005859375%
    The Oxford School Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar Dictionary is an invaluable guide to getting your spelling, punctuation and grammar right.

    Clear and easy to navigate, the dictionary is divided into two sections. The first part is a reference section of simple rules, tips and examples that will help students spell, punctuate and write correctly, while the second part provides an alphabetical word list of commonly misspelled and tricky words, with inflections but no meanings.

    This dictionary workbook is certain to be a valuable resource for any student preparing for and taking exams.
  • AKEJY 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £7.69
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £0.30Save 3.00%
    With clear and accessible explanations of all the KS3 content, this revision guide provides concise revision notes, plus five practice opportunities for each topic. Based on research that proves repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, it is guaranteed to help achieve the best results. More practice than the market leader! Clear and concise revision notes, plus five practice opportunities for every topic: * quick tests to check understanding * end of topic practice questions * topic review questions later in book * mixed practice questions at end of book * free Q&A flash cards to download online More practice material than the market leader!
  • AKEJW 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £7.89
    • RRP £7.99
    With clear and accessible explanations of all the KS3 content, this revision guide provides concise revision notes, plus five practice opportunities for each topic. Based on research that proves repeated practice is more effective than repeated study, it is guaranteed to help achieve the best results. More practice than the market leader!. Clear and concise revision notes, plus five practice opportunities for every topic: * quick tests to check understanding * end of topic practice questions * topic review questions later in book * mixed practice questions at end of book * free Q&A flash cards to download online More practice material than the market leader!
  • AKEKE 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £5.99
    This unique and innovative Revision Guide supports all learning styles so that every student can achieve the best results. Whether you are a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learner, this revision guide delivers revision material in a style appropriate to you to ensure you revise effectively. The original magazine-style layout of this revision guide communicates all the essential information effectively for visual learners. Hands-on activities for every topic provide revision opportunities for Kinaesthetic learners. Free audio tracks talk auditory learners through all they key points. This three-pronged approach ensures all students get the most out of their revision.
  • APZCB 10 years +
    10 years +
    • £12.99
    This book looks at the events leading to the World War II, the most widespread war in history, in which the major participants used all their industrial, economic and scientific might to wage 'total war'. It examines the legacy of the war, both in terms of the bad things that came out of it, such as the fear and mistrust between the USA and Russia that led to the Cold War, and the good things, including advances in medicine and computing and the establishment of the United Nations.
  • APOOI 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £9.89
    • RRP £9.99
    This is a new edition of this popular title, which provides a fantastic reference point for students studying for their SATs and GCSE's. Split into 5 colour coded sections covering all aspects of the curriculum, such as ecology, zoology and human biology, as well as a general information section which includes essential charts and tables, it is brightly and clearly illustrated. It is internet-linked to further online educational resources through the Usborne Quicklinks website.
  • APMYR 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £9.99
    An introductory atlas for secondary schools, perfectly designed to support and motivate Key Stage 3 students in geographical and mapping skills.
  • AEKXA 11 years +
    11 years +
    • £9.09
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £0.90Save 9.00%
    This is a fantastic new science book, explaining chemistry in an informal, fun and informative way. Written in a conversational style, this book offers children an approachable source of information on key subjects such as the periodic table, atom structure and radiation. Chemistry is brought home to the reader as the book describes the chemistry of everyday life - from the chemical processes that break down food while eating to the atmosphere. Complicated topics are kept fun with a variety of devices including comic strips, fact boxes and 'nerdy notes' - post-it notes with handy mnemonics written on them. Simple, fun experiments give children working examples to learn from.