Science

Science at Walton Hall Academy

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 the students follow a 3 year rolling programme. This incorporates 18 units and provides a broad coverage of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Scientific enquiry. Students are assessed at the beginning and at the end of each unit to clearly show the progress that is being made. Practical skills are also assessed through the use of our tracking system – Solar. We use the outside space, the horticulture centre and the school farm whenever possible to make the learning as relevant as we can for the students. Outside speakers and educational visits also form part of our science curriculum.

KS3 overview of rolling programme for science:

Year 1

  HALF TERM 1 HALF TERM 2
AUTUMN Cells, organs and reflexes Atoms, elements and compounds
SPRING Forces and space Reproduction
SUMMER Amazing Chemistry Extinction

 

Year 2

  HALF TERM 1 HALF TERM 2
AUTUMN Keeping healthy Electricity
SPRING Microbes and disease Acids and Alkalis
SUMMER Energy types and transfers Our bodies

Year 3

  HALF TERM 1 HALF TERM 2
AUTUMN Inheritance and variation Magnets, sound and light
SPRING Energy sources Forensics
SUMMER Heating, cooling and the rock cycle Plants, food chains and webs

 

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 we offer the Applied Science Level 1 BTEC Award and Certificate and we also deliver Science through the completion of personal progress units. The Applied Science course is 100% coursework based, as are the personal progress units. We make excellent use of the outside space that the school has, with some units being based around the farm and the horticultural area. Educational visits are an integral part of our Science curriculum. Each year some of our students attend the Big Bang Fair at the NEC, with others attending a science assembly and practical sessions delivered by a local high school. Students who follow the Applied Science route also have the opportunity to attend a session at the forensics house at Staffordshire University.