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Science

Welcome to the Walton High Sciences curriculum page

Here you will find all the information about what topics you will study in science from Year 7 through to Year 13.

The study of science will give students an intellectual and experimental understanding of the world around them. Science tries to tackle the big questions! How did the universe start? How will it end? How can that disease be cured? How can we fuel the future? How can we protect endangered species? Is genetic engineering such a bad thing? It is our aim to instil this inquisitiveness in the young people we teach and to inspire them to find the answers to these and the many other questions they might have.

Science students at Walton High are very successful at all levels. Summer 2015 graduates from our Key Stage 5 programmes have been successful in gaining places to study amongst others; Natural Sciences at Cambridge, Biological Sciences at Oxford, Physics at the University of Southampton and Medical Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Mr Denton Mapesa – Leading Teacher of Science

Key Stage 3

sc1A two year interactive programme of study that focuses on the foundations of science through experiments and investigations. Students will cover content from biology, chemistry and physics in their 6 hours of science a fortnight. The course starts off with ‘Being a good scientist’ which focuses on key practical skills such as using a microscope and lighting a Bunsen burner! Other topics include:

- Cells, the building blocks of life
- Explaining chemical changes
- Magnetism and electricity
- Our health and the effect of drugs
- Motion on Earth and in space

Through the course students will also be developing other skills such as team work, presentation skills, creativity, discussion and debates and analysing and evaluating.

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Example of Work
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Key Stage 4

sc4Year 9
Students can select a preference for the study of science in Years 9-11, either GCSE Combined Science or GCSE Single Sciences (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics)
Students have 3 hours per fortnight for each science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) regardless of which preference they have selected.
Students will study the topics linked to questions such as –
  • What are genes?
  • Why are families alike but not identical?
  • How can genetic information be used?
  • What is nanotechnology?
  • How can we improve air quality?
  • Which radiation harms living tissue and why?

Years 10 and 11
Students can select a preference for the study of science in Years 9-11, either GCSE Science and Additional Science or GCSE Separate Sciences (GCSE Biology, GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics)
Students have 3 hours per fortnight for each science (Biology, Chemistry or Physics) regardless of which preference they have selected.
Students will study the topics linked to questions such as –
  • What are genes?
  • Why are families alike but not identical?
  • How can genetic information be used?
  • How is a clone made?
  • What is nanotechnology?
  • How can we improve air quality?
  • Which radiation harms living tissue and why?


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Example of Work

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Key Stage 5

ks5sciencemainWe offer 7 different courses for students in Year 12 and 13:

  • A2 Biology (Specification OCR A)
  • A2 Chemistry (Specification OCR A)
  • A2 Physics (Specification OCR A)
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Specification Edexcel)
  • BTEC Diploma in Applied Science (Specification Edexcel)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Specification Edexcel)
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Medical Science (Specification Edexcel)
  • Students require the minimum of B grades in GCSE Maths and their sciences to study as A2 programme.
  • Students require the minimum of C grades in GCSE Maths and their science to study a BTEC programme.


2015 A Level results
Our Level 3 BTEC Science Programmes of study are extremely successful.


 


Examples of work
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