At Wallingford school the Science curriculum aims to:

  • Ensure the curriculum builds on pupils’ varying knowledge of science from primary school and provides frequent opportunities to develop their planning, analytical, evaluatory and problem solving skills through practical and investigative work.
  • Develop learners who have a thirst for knowledge and the creativity to become Scientists of tomorrow by nurturing enquiring minds to ask “Why?” and “How?”.
  • Develop students’ appreciation of the impact science has on their lives both positive and negative.
  • Ensure a science curriculum that stretches and challenges the ablest while also providing the scaffolding needed to ensure that students of all abilities achieve and exceed their potential.
  • Provide curriculum pathways which support students of all abilities ensuring the best opportunities to successfully access higher education.
  • Develop students mathematical and scientific literacy skills through applications in science.

KS3 Science

In each year group, classes are taught the same set of topics, but in a different order.

Year 7

  • Cells, Inheritance and the Genome
  • Energy
  • Substances, Mixtures and Elements
  • From Cells to Organ Systems
  • Forces
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Reproduction
  • Space Physics

Year 8

  • Bio-chemistry
  • Digestion
  • Element and Mixtures
  • Reactions and Sustainability
  • Energy Transfer
  • Energy Use
  • Electricity
  • Electro-magnetism

Year 9

In the first half-term, students complete two transition modules to develop key mathematical and practical skills to support them in their GCSE studies. After half-term students start studying the AQA Combined Science GCSE, which is worth two GCSEs. Some students will then go onto studying Triple Science (3 separate GCSEs in year 10).

  • Maths skills
  • Practical skills
  • B1 Cell Biology
  • C1 Atomic Structure and Periodic Table
  • C5 Energy Changes
  • P1 Energy
  • P3 Particle Model of Matter

GCSE Combined Science

Students are following AQA Trilogy GCSE specification, which is worth two GCSEs.

Year 10

  • B2 Organisation
  • B3 Infection and Response
  • B4 Bioenergetics
  • B6 Inheritance, Variation and Disease
  • C2 Bonding
  • C3 Quantitative Chemistry
  • C4 Chemical Changes
  • C5 Energy Changes
  • P2 Electricity
  • P3 Particle Model of Matter
  • P4 Atomic Structure
  • P8 Electromagnetism

Year 11

  • B5 Homeostasis
  • B6 Inheritance, Variation and Disease
  • C6 Rates of Reaction
  • C7 Hydrocarbons
  • C8 Chemical Analysis
  • C10 Sustainable Development
  • P5 Forces 1 & 2
  • P8 Electromagnetism

GCSE Triple Science

Students are following AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE specification. This gives students 3 separate GCSEs.

Year 10

  • B2 Organisation
  • B3 Infection and Response
  • B4 Bioenergetics
  • B6 Inheritance, Variation and Disease
  • C2 Bonding
  • C3 Quantitative Chemistry
  • C4 Chemical Changes
  • C5 Energy Changes
  • P2 Electricity
  • P3 Particle Model of Matter
  • P4 Atomic Structure
  • P8 Electromagnetism

Year 11

  • B5 Homeostasis
  • B6 Inheritance, Variation and Disease
  • C4 Chemical Changes
  • C6 Rates of Reaction
  • C7 Hydrocarbons
  • C8 Chemical Analysis
  • P5 Forces 1 & 2
  • P8 Electromagnetism

BTEC Level 3 Applied Science

Year 12

Term 1

  • Chromatography techniques leading to Unit 2 C assignment - Chromatography of amino acids / plant pigment
  • Ionic formula and balancing equations
  • Concentration, molarity and making standard solutions
  • Titrations
  • Colorimetry and making standard dilutions

Term 2

  • Unit 2 A Assignment - Undertake titration and colorimetry to determine the concentration of solutions. 
  • Ionic, covalent and metallic bonding
  • Trends in the periodic table
  • Use of microscope
  • Cell structure and specialist cells
  • Structure and function of the blood

Term 3

  • Cooling curves and calibration on thermometers
  • Dative bonds and bond angles
  • Types of intermolecular forces
  • Respiratory system and disease
  • Nervous system

Term 4

  • Unit 2 B Assignment - Undertake calorimetry to study cooling curves 
  • Unit 2 D Assignment - Review personal development of scientific skills for laboratory work.
  • Reactions of metals with water, oxygen and acids
  • Redox reactions and half-equations
  • Displacement reactions
  • Spectroscopy

Term 5

  • Halogens and halide ions and reactivity
  • First ionisation trends and electron affinity trends
  • Oscillations and waves
  • Two source interference, diffraction gratings and line spectra

Term 6

  • Standing waves
  • Revision and mock exams Unit 1 Biology exam and Unit 1 Chemistry exam

Year 13

Term 1

  • Unit 3 practical skills and theory on Fuels and hydrocarbons
  • Unit 8 Assignment preparation on the physiology of the human body
  • Unit 1 Chemistry and Biology revision for mock
  • Unit 8 Assignment carried out

Term 2

  • Unit 3 practical skills and theory on electrical circuits
  • Unit 1 Physics revision for January unit 1 exam
  • Unit 1 Biology revision for January unit 1 exam
  • Unit 1 Chemistry revision for January unit 1 exam

Term 3

  • January unit 1 exam second week into term
  • Unit 3 practical skills and theory on electrical circuits (continued)
  • Unit 3 practical skills and theory on photosynthesis
  • Unit 3 practical skills and theory on enzymes

Term 4

  • Unit 3 practical skills and theory on diffusion
  • Practical skills mock exam practice covering as wide a range of practicals and written exams.

Term 5

  • Revision for unit 3 practical exam
  • Revision for retakes of Unit 1 exam

A Level Biology

Year 12

Term 1

  • Basic components of living systems
  • Biological molecules
  • Plasma membranes
  • Cell division

Term 2

  • Enzymes
  • Exchange surfaces and breathing
  • Transport in animals
  • Classification and evolution

Term 3

  • Transport in plants
  • Biodiversity
  • Communicable diseases

Term 4

  • Biodiversity (continued)
  • Communicable diseases (continued)
  • Ecosystems

Term 5

  • Photosynthesis
  • Populations and sustainability

Term 6

  • Revision and mock exams

Year 13

Term 1

  • Neuronal communication
  • Respiration
  • Revision and mocks

Term 2

  • Neuronal communication (cont.)
  • Hormonal communication
  • Genetics of living systems
  • Patterns of inheritance and variation

Term 3

  • Patterns of inheritance and variation (cont.)
  • Photosynthesis
  • Homeostasis
  • Manipulation genomes

Term 4

  • Photosynthesis (cont.)
  • Revision

Terms 5 & 6

  • Revision

A Level Chemistry

Year 12

Term 1

  • Introduction to atoms
  • Amount of substance
  • Basic organic chemistry
  • Alkanes
  • Alkenes

Term 2

  • Acids and redox
  • Electron structure
  • Structure and bonding
  • Alcohols

Term 3

  • Periodicity
  • Reactivity trends
  • Haloalkanes
  • Organic synthesis

Term 4

  • Enthalpy
  • Rates of reaction
  • Spectroscopy

Term 5

  • Transition Metals

Term 6

  • Revision for mocks

Year 13

Term 1

  • Rates of reaction
  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Carbonyls

Term 2

  • Equilibria
  • Acids, bases and pH (continued)
  • Buffers and neutralisation
  • Amines, amino acids and proteins
  • Organic synthesis

Term 3

  • Enthalpy
  • Redox and electrode potential (continued)
  • Spectroscopy

Term 4

  • Transition metals
  • Revision

Terms 5 & 6

  • Revision

A Level Physics

We want our students to leave with the best possible grade from their two years, a grade that will open future doors.

What is more, it is our aim that students should end our two years together with an increased passion for Physics. Not simply a passion for the subject content but for the chase of solving a physical problem using acquired knowledge, logic and a bit of maths.

We hope that students will have an increased awareness of the Physics that is constantly around them and try to use various models and analogies from daily life to help students understand more abstract concepts. We hope that students will soon discover that they have the laws of Physics already in built into them.

We hope, through the use of a Flipped Classroom model to produce independent learners that are well prepared for study at university level whose understanding is greater through having engaged more intently through self-guided learning.

Our students will have developed and honed practical skills through the implementation of the endorsed practical investigations allowing them to take precise and accurate measurements from which they can calculate a desired physical constant.

Moreover, through the inclusion of innovative practical challenges that are not simply those on the spec, we hope to produce learners with a thirst for solving problems, the skill to plan a solution and the tenacity to stick with the problem until the end.

Year 12

Term 1

Kinematics; Linear motion; Projectile motion; Dynamics; Non-uniform acceleration; Moments and equilibrium; Density and pressure; Scalar and vector; ; springs; properties of matter.

Term 2

Properties of matter (cont.); Newton's Laws; collisions; charge; mean drift velocity; triangle of forces; work, energy and power; kinetic and potential; power; wave motion.

Term 3

EM waves; superposition; stationary waves; EMF & Pd; resistance and resistivity; series and parallel.

Term 4

Series and parallel (cont.); energy of photon; PE effect; W/P duality; internal resistance and potential dividers.

Term 5

Thermal physics; capacitors.

Term 6

Revision

Year 13

Term 1

Circular motion; centripetal force; simple harmonic oscillations; revision for internal exams.

Term 2

Radioactivity; Capacitors, Thermal Physics, Ideal Gas.

Term 3

Electric Field; Coulomb's law; Magnetic Fields; Medical Physics.

Term 4

Revision and consolidation of the course.