Science at Ark Kings

At Ark Kings Academy, our Science curriculum strives towards the following aims:

  1. Pupils become proficient scientists through building substantive knowledge across the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  2. Pupils develop disciplinary knowledge through working scientifically and conducting a range of scientific enquiries to develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science

Science Curriculum Overview


Science Curriculum Overview: Outline of taught and assessed content

The table below outlines the whole curriculum overview for this subject area and shows the journey that pupils take throughout their secondary education.

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term





Living things



Autumn and Winter – Seasonal changes.

Spring and New Life – Seasonal changes.

Summer – Seasonal Changes

Year 1

Everyday Materials

Autumn and Winter

Amazing Animals

Spring and Summer


Year 2

Animals: Needs for Survival

Uses of Materials


Protecting Our Environment

Plants: Bulbs and Growth

Year 3

Skeletons and Muscles

Rocks and Fossils

Light and Shadows

Plants: Needs for Survival

Forces and Magnets

Year 4

Teeth and Digestion

States of Matter

Classification and Environments



Year 5

Earth and Space


Materials: Properties and Changes

Life Cycles

Growing Old

Year 6

Light and Perception


Evolution and Inheritance


Circulation and Lifestyle

Year 7

B1.1 Cells

C1.1 Particles

P1.1 Contact Forces

B1.3 Interdependence

C1.2 Elements, Atoms and Compounds

P1.2 Gravity

B1.2 Reproduction

C1.3 Mixtures

P1.3 Energy Transfers

P1.4 Electric Circuits;

Year 8

Bio: Healthy Lifestyles

Chem: Periodic table

Phy: Electricity

Bio: Ecosystem processes

Chem: Separation techniques

Phy: Energy

Bio: Inheritance and variation

Chem: Reaction of metals

Phy: Motion and pressure

Year 9

Bio: B1 Cell Biology

Chem: C1 Atomic structure and separation techniques

Phy: P1 Energy work and power

P2 Energy transfer by heating

P3 Energy Resources

Bio: B2 Cell division

B3, B4 Organisation of animals and plants

Chem: C2 Periodic table

C3 Bonding and structure

Phy: P4 Electricity circuits: current and potential difference

P5 Electricity in the home: domestic uses and safety

Bio: B9 Respiration

B16 Ecology

Chem: C5 Chemical changes

Phy: P6 molecules and matter

Year 10

Bio: B5 Communicable disease

B6 Preventing and treating disease

Chem: C4 Chemical calculations

C6 Electrolysis

Phy: P6 Molecules and matter

P2 Specific heat capacity

P7 Radioactivity

Bio: B7 Non-communicable disease

B8 Photosynthesis

B10 Human nervous system

Chem: C7 Energy changes

C8 Rates and equilibrium

Phy: P8 Forces in balance

P9 Motion

Bio: B13 Reproduction

B14 Variation and evolution

Chem: C9 Crude oil and fuels

Phy: P10 force and motion

Year 11

Bio: B11 hormonal coordination

B15 Genetics and evolution

B17 Ecology

B18 Biodiversity and ecosystems

Chem: C8 Extent of chemical change

C9 Crude oil and fuels

C14 The earth’s resources

Phy: P15 Magnetism and electromagnetism

Revision based on GCSE past paper question level analysis

Revision based on GCSE past paper question level analysis