Science


At NIS Science is one of our most important subjects and it begins the Primary School. This begins with developing an initial understanding of plants, animals, materials, forces and sounds (Stage1) along with the development of scientific enquiry, such as making predictions, asking and discussing questions, following instructions and making comparisons. Later this developmental process allows children to begin planning scientific investigations and scientific write up. Children have weekly Science lessons and are engaged with both the theoretical and practical aspects of Science. In addition, we host a 'Science Week' for our Primary (G1 – 3) children to promote a healthy interest in Science.

At Nada international school we follow the Cambridge International Examination (CIE) curriculum. In grades 4 + 5 we follow the Cambridge Primary and for Grades 6 -8 we follow Cambridge secondary 1.


From Grade 4, Cambridge Primary is organised into six stages Grade 4 (Stage 5) and Grade 5 (Stage 6). They reflect the teaching target for each year group and provide comprehensive learning objectives. For Cambridge Primary Science, the curriculum is presented in four content areas or 'strands'. These are further subdivided into 'sub-strands'. The four strands and sub-strands are: Scientific enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


When students reach Grade 6 they will enter the Secondary 1 phase of the Cambridge programme. The Cambridge Secondary 1 Science curriculum is presented in four content areas: Scientific enquiry, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Scientific enquiry is about considering ideas, evaluating evidence, planning investigative work and recording and analysing data. The Scientific enquiry objectives underpin Biology, Chemistry and Physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. The Cambridge Secondary 1 Science curriculum framework continues the journey from the Cambridge Primary Science framework and provides a solid foundation upon which the later stages of education can be built.


When students finish the secondary 1 phase students start the Cambridge IGCSE programme. At IGCSE students will start learning Biology, Chemistry and Physics as individual subjects. In each case the students will develop the skills from the previous year.

The Cambridge IGCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics syllabus helps learners to understand the technological world in which they live, and take an informed interest in science and scientific developments. Learners gain an understanding of the basic principles of the three different sciences through a mix of theoretical and practical studies. They also develop an understanding of the scientific skills essential for further study at Cambridge International A Level, which are useful in everyday life.

Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, a section on some current applications of the three sciences, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.

The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level is an ideal for learners to follow a career in science. At NIS the vast majority of our students study combinations of Biology, Chemistry and Physics at either AS or A level. Many of them go on to university to pursue science related courses of study, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and engineering.

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