Curriculum Information about Science at King James I Academy

Teaching Staff

  • Miss R Newton (Director Of Learning)
  • Mr R Brown
  • Miss S Nixon
  • Mr A Milton
  • Mrs A Ashman
  • Mr A Lawton
  • Miss N Sweeney
  • Mrs C Wilson

Department Information

The Science Department is dedicated to provide a creative and inspirational scientific learning experience within a stimulating environment that will not only enable children to achieve at the highest level but will also raise aspirations along the way. Students at King James I Academy enjoy their science lessons and we as staff have high expectations for our students during their time at King James. The department has strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) links embedded into the curriculum to help our students develop scientific and logical thinking.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 students will develop skills in all three Scientific areas. They will develop introductory lab skills and build on scientific knowledge from KS2

Year 8

In Year 8  students build on the Y7 knowledge enhancing the foundations of the KS3 curriculum and gaining the in depth knowledge needed to move into the KS4 program

Year 7 Year 8
Particles Functions of the body
The Human Body Chemical Reaction
Electricity and Circuits Earth and Space
The Periodic Table Sustainable Living
Forces Light and Sound
Evolution Genetics

Key Stage 4

Year 9

In year 9 the students will start a 3 year KS4, this will allow them time to develop the breadth and depth of subject knowledge required to achieve high grades in their qualifications

Year 10

The current Y10 students are studying GCSE Core qualification. They will build on their KS3 course with in depth subject knowledge in the three scientific areas.

Year 11

The final year of GCSE allows the students to again build of information already studied in the Core qualification, the Additional course lets students develop further understanding of the key processes and lets them touch on AS content in some cases


Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Cell Structure

Particle matter The process of life
Atom structure Radiation and life Growth and development
Quantitative Chemistry Sustainable energy Brain and mind
Chemical Changes Air Quality Chemical patterns
Electricity Material choices

Chemicals of the natural environment

Organisation within the body Chemicals in our lives Chemical synthesis
Infection and response

You and your Genes

Explaining motion

Keeping Healthy

Electric circuits
Particle matter Life on Earth Radioactive materials

Key Stage 5

Year 12

The programmes in KS5 allow the students a wide range of choice across the Science AS levels. They allow the students to enhance their subject knowledge in their area of choice. All KS5 subjects are academic based.

Year 13

This topic allows students the chance to challenge themselves at the highest level in Physics, it sets the foundation stone to build for their University degree or higher engineering apprenticeships


AS Biology AS Chemistry AS Applied Science
Biological Molecules

Atoms and reactions

Investigating Science in the work place


Electrons, bonding and structure Finding out about substances
Organisms exchange substances with their environment The Periodic Table Energy Transfer systems
Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Chains Energy and resources  
Energy transfer in and between organisms Alcohols, halogenoalkanes and analysis  
Ecosystems Energy  
Gene expression     


A2 Physics A2 Applied Science
Newton’s Law  and momentum Sports Science
Circular motion and oscillations The healthy Body

Thermal Physics

Planning and carrying out a scientific investigation

Electric and magnetic fields


Capacitors and exponential decay

Nuclear physics  
Medical imaging  
Modelling the Universe  


Extracurricular Activities

In Science there is always something to inspire the students from a visit commencing with Dr John Kilcoyne (The man in the shed from BBCs Brainiac) to a representative from NASA. The Science department offer inspirational trips, this year a group are going to the Cern taking in the key areas in Physics.  We also run a Science club with a focus on STEM who are working on developing a F1 model car, Robotics and sessions on Forensic Science

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