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. KS3 English: The Study Guide

CGP Books

Packed with clear revision notes as well as plenty of humour, each section is split into a topic per page, with lots of handy questions to help consolidate your learning. Each topic is explained thoroughly and straightforwardly - and with a few jokes here and there, too!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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9. Collins School Atlas

Collins

This introductory atlas has been specially designed to support and motivate Key Stage 3 students in their geographical and mapping skills, and is sure to come in handy in the classroom and for exams.

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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.

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