Curriculum Information about Science at King James I Academy

Teaching Staff

  • S Collinson (Director of Learning)
  • S Ford
  • R Brown
  • R Newton (KS5 for Science)
  • A Milton (KS3 for Science)
  • D Riley
  • C Wilson
  • L Wilson
  • E Lennon
  • K Hagerup


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, Physics and BTECs in Applied Science and Human Biology.


Key Stage 4

We follow the exam board AQA and most students follow the Combined Science- Trilogy route, allowing them to achieve two GCSE’s through studying a combination of Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Students can also elect to study Separate Science’s when they choose their GCSE options and this course provides students with three separate GCSE’s- one in each Science.

There are six papers to complete for both courses. The papers for combined Science last 1 hour 15 minutes and the papers for the Separate course last for 1 hour 45 minutes to allow for the extra content to be examined.

The breakdown of the papers is as follows:

Biology Paper 1: Cells, Organisation, Infection and Response, Bioenergetics

Biology Paper 2: Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance Variation and Evolution, Ecology

Chemistry Paper 1: Atomic Structure and the periodic table, Structure and bonding, Chemical Calculations, Chemical changes, Energy changes.

Chemistry Paper 2: Rates and Equilibrium, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, The Earth’s Atmosphere, The Earth’s Resources.

Physics Paper 1: Energy, Electricity, Particle Model of Matter, Atomic Structure

Physics Paper 2: Forces, Waves, Magnetism and Electromagnetism (Space- Separate Physics only)


Course layout

Due to the practical nature of the subject students are cover the topics on a rotation basis so that different classes are studying units at different times across the year to accommodate for equipment demands. Generally speaking all students will have covered paper 1 topics for all three Sciences by the end of year 10 and all of paper 2 topics by the end of year 11.

Throughout the course students develop practical skills such as planning, developing and testing hypotheses, collecting and interpreting data and evaluating outcomes and methodology. Students also consider the ethical implications of the sciences such as: the use of GM technology, developing medicine using STEM cell technology, extracting and using Earths resources, renewable energy resources.

Year 10

Year 11

Biology- Cells and Organisation

Biology-  Homeostasis and Inheritance

Biology-  Infection and Bioenergetics

Biology- Ecology

Chemistry- Atomic structure and bonding

Chemistry- Organic chemistry & Chemical Analysis

Chemistry- Chemical changes and energy changes

Chemistry-  The atmosphere & Earth’s resources

Chemistry- Rates and equilibrium


Physics-  Particles, Atomic Structure, Energy and Electricity

Physics- Forces and magnetism

Physics- Energy and Electricity, Waves

Physics- Space (Separate only)