Curriculum Information about Science at King James I Academy

Teaching Staff

  • R Brown
  • S Collinson
  • S Ford
  • D Hooper
  • M Landles
  • L Lumley-Imerson
  • P McAdam (Director of Learning)
  • D Riley
  • C.Rogan (Lab Technician)
  • J Song
  • L Wilson

Curriculum Intent

Science is a multi-faceted subject which encompasses numerous skill sets. Students learn:

  • Transferable skills such as scientific numeracy including collecting and displaying data, graphical skills and data analysis.
  • Investigative skills- promoting questioning and reasoning of the world around them.
  • To participate in debates around numerous ethical issues such as; energy sources, human impact on the environment and genetic testing.
  • Practical work deepens students understanding of the relevance of science through engaging activities and allowing students to apply their understanding and to broaden their general knowledge.
  • Science also offers opportunities to consolidate the whole school curriculum with cross links between many subjects including; geography, maths, food sciences, PE and history


Department Information

We deliver a Science curriculum for students aged 11-19 with practical Science at the core of our lessons. Students gain hands on experience and develop an appreciation and understanding of key concepts allowing them to develop a clearer understanding of the world around them. Science underpins the modern world from pioneering medical techniques, developing sanitary water and understanding the physics needed to commandeer space exploration.

At key stage 5 we offer a range of post 16 qualifications to cater for a range of interests and abilities including A-level Biology, Chemistry and a BTEC Human Biology course.


Key Stage 3

Students follow a bespoke curriculum which fully addresses the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum of England and Wales, whilst being designed to prepare our students for the Key Stage 4 and GCSEs. This is where knowledge of basic core concepts is introduced from Year 7. These concepts are revisited each year with more depth and content being added in order to secure a broader and deeper understanding in preparation for the transition to Key Stage 4. In addition to this, we also develop the cultural capital of our students by teaching the history and context of some of the most important people and discoveries.

Alongside scientific theory students also develop, science-based numeracy skills and practical science skills including how to plan, carry out and interpret results from practical investigations.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Practical Skills Unit

Cells and Organisation (2)

Cells (3)

The Periodic Table (1)

The Periodic Table (2)

Organisation (3)

Force, Motion and Space (1)

Force, Motion and Space (2)

Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table (3)

Cells and Organisation (1)

Chemical Reactions (2)

Structure and Bonding (3)

Chemical Reactions (1)

Waves (2)

Chemical Reactions (3) – Quantitative approach

Ecology and Evolution (1)

Energy and Electricity (2)

Energy (3)

Waves (1)

Ecology and Evolution (2)

Electricity (3)



Learning Journeys

Year 7

Learning Journey - Science - Year 7.pdf

Year 8

Learning Journey - Science - Year 8.pdf

Year 9 Learning Journey - Science - Year 9.pdf