Science - Secondary

The study of science provides the foundation for our students to understand the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. It is our vision to instil a lifelong love of science within our pupils. All pupils will build on a set of observations that other people have made through history, making informed decisions and being able to ask valid questions leading to a love of understanding about ourselves and the world. Stories of past scientists who first made the observations we teach about show students’ the application of scientific concepts in action and encourage an appreciation of scientific writing.

Science at NIA is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which we live through investigation, as well as the use and application of scientific processing. From a young age, we will teach our students the essential aspects of scientific knowledge, methodology and processes. Our students will be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things might behave, and analyse the cause of such changes.

Key Stage four further builds on a solid foundation of knowledge and concepts taught at kS2 to encourage our students to recognise the power of rational explanation without the need for an external influence. Biology, Chemistry and Physics can be taken as separate Sciences or combined as a double GCSE from year 10. Both options offer the opportunity for students to progress onto A-Level courses in the sciences, leading to a wealth of opportunities at


Teaching within the Science curriculum refers to a wide range of careers within the various fields of science. Wider educational or employment opportunities including marine biology, acoustic engineering and chemical and atmospheric analysis are explored. Science is vital to the world’s future prosperity. It is important that young people know the part they plan in this and are informed about how they can solve problems that do not currently exist and ensure the longevity of the human race.

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