Science

Vision

Those who teach science demonstrate individual scholarship and flair but have in common the wish to encourage pupils to think for themselves, to question the natural world around them and to consider how theories about science evolve over time as new technologies make way for new discoveries.

The relevant syllabus for public examinations is well and comprehensively addressed, but is never allowed to be a straightjacket. As a result, when pupils leave KSA they emerge informed, scientifically literate, and well able to hold their own intellectually at University and beyond.

Curriculum allocation

Year group Allocated hours
KS1 + 2 2 hours per week
KS3 4 hours per week
10 6 hours per week (2 hours for each science discipline)
11 7 hours per week (2 hours for each science discipline + 1 for exam skills)
12 6 hours per week for each chosen science discipline
13 6 hours per week for each chosen science discipline

Long term overview

Year group Content
KS1 YEAR 1 

Everyday materials

Animals and humans

Plants

Seasonal changes

YEAR 2 

Everyday materials

Animals and humans

Living things and their habitats

Plants

Seasonal changes

Lower KS2 YEAR 3 

Plants

Animals and humans

Forces and magnets

Electricity

Rocks

Light

YEAR 4 

Living things and their habitats

Animals and humans

States of matter

Electricity

Sound

Upper KS2 YEAR 5 

Living things and their habitats

Animals and humans

Properties and changing of materials

Forces

Earth and Space

YEAR 6 

Evolutions and inheritance

Living things and their habitats

Animals and humans

Electricity

Light

7 BIOLOGY 

Cells

Gas exchange

Reproduction

 

CHEMISTRY 

Elements, atoms and compounds

Chemical reactions

Particles and their behaviour

PHYSICS 

Forces

Sound

Light

Space

8 BIOLOGY 

Health and lifestyle

Ecosystem processes

Adaptation and inheritance

CHEMISTRY 

Separating techniques

The periodic table

Metals and acids

 

PHYSICS 

Motion and pressure

The Earth

Electricity and magnetism

Energy

9 BIOLOGY 

Cell structure and transport

The digestive system

Respiration

Ecology

Photosynthesis

CHEMISTRY 

Atomic structure and separating techniques

Quantitative chemistry

The periodic table

 

PHYSICS 

Properties and waves

The electromagnetic spectrum

Motion

Energy transfer by heating

10 BIOLOGY 

Organisation in animals and plants

Cell biology: division

Communicable and non-communicable diseases

Preventing and treating disease

The nervous system

Reproduction

Variation and evolution

CHEMISTRY 

Bonding, structure and properties

Chemical calculations

Rates of reaction

Chemical changes

Chemical analysis

Electrolysis

Energy

Chemistry of the atmosphere

PHYSICS 

Energy, work and power

Forces in balance

Electric circuits

Energy resources

Radioactivity

Electricity in the home

Molecules and matter

Space physics

11 BIOLOGY 

Homeostasis in action

The hormonal system

Bioenergetics

Genetics and evolution

Biodiversity and ecosystems

CHEMISTRY 

Extent of chemical change

Crude oil and fuels

Polymers

Organic chemistry

Chemical analysis

Using resources

PHYSICS 

Magnetism and electromagnetism

Radioactivity

Force and pressure

Waves: light

Curriculum routines

Science is all about inquiry and discovery. In lessons, pupils are challenged to ask questions and pose suggestions for observations that they make.

In order to facilitate this, there is a big focus on practical science. Pupils have a set of key scientific competencies they will work towards achieving across the years they are here at KSA. Each pupil will have a log for these so that they can monitor their own progress in becoming scientifically literate.

Homework involves developing subject knowledge and learning key facts and processes. Having a strong background knowledge is key to being able to ask questions and secure learning.

Quizzes in science are there to test pupil knowledge and application of this knowledge. Pupils will be regularly assessed on how well they know keywords and processes, as well as their ability to apply their learning to unfamiliar scenarios. Pupils will also be assessed on their scientific competencies to ensure they are able to follow procedures and work safely in a laboratory environment.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Curie-ous Club

Curie-ous Club is part of the science enrichment programme for middle school. In Curie-ous Club, pupils will be encourages to design their own experiments for testing hypotheses, or using practical methods to discover new and fun scientific information.

KS3 Science Fair

Science Fair is undertaken at the end of Year 8 in which pupils self-select experiments to research, plan, carry out and present at a science fair on large boards. External judges are invited in (friends and relatives linked to science) to judge the winners of the science fair. The winners are awarded a prize.

KS3 Silver CREST award

CREST is a Year 9/10 science club in which pupils work with an external volunteer and a science teacher on a project. This has included building model cars (after having learnt woodwork, moulding and soldering techniques, the principles of aerodynamics and how motors work) with an appetite for science and a requirement to fulfil their Skill section of DofE.

KS5 Electives

Depending on the science departments specialisms and preferences extra-curricular activities / trips will be offered for scientists. We have previously run:

-           Dissection Club – Teaching students how to make accurate drawings, starting with small inanimate objects, working to small organisms / organs, up to rats / larger organisms depending on costs

-           Journal Review Club – In teams choose a topic / area of interest. Students read articles and write a short review each. These are compiled into a journal

-           “Open Labs” – A mini version of what a scientists would do! Pupils research what they want to do a project/experiment on, submit proposals & budgeting to teacher/technician, do experiments over multiple sessions, write up a research paper and present to an audience

Keep up to date with all of the exciting activities happening in science through our twitter feed!

KSA Science Alumni

Science at KSA is very popular at A-Level, with many students choosing to carry on at least one science discipline. In 2017, our first cohort of scientists started on their university journey after successfully gaining places to study the following courses:

Kamal Abdullahi – Studying MEng Chemical Engineering at Aston University

Emmanuel Akpan – Studying BSc Biology at Coventry University

Daniella Akerele – Studying BSc Biological Sciences at Liverpool University

Nusrat Haque – Studying BSc Pharmacology at Queen Mary University

Mohammad Hazime – Studying MSc Chemical Engineering at Sheffield University

Khadija Hossen – Studying BSc Chemistry at Royal Holloway University

Daniel King – Studying BSc Chemical Engineering at LSBU

Jessica Kolajo – Studying BSc Biology at University of West England

Hager Mousa – Studying BSc Electrical Engineering at LSBU

Christian Oluokun – Studying BSc Biological Sciences at Middlesex University

Shakeel Zaman – Studying BSc Chemical Engineering at UCL

Key contacts and how to get involved

If you would like to find out more about how science at KSA works please contact Emma Taylor (Head of All-through Science) at e.taylor@kingsolomonacademy.org.

For more information about practical work please contact Ian Bowkett (Senior Technician) at i.bowkett@kingsolomonacademy.org

We are always excited to welcome visitors to the science lab! Please come and join us and share your love of science with our pupils.