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Typically, our Y10b pupils are offered 20 hours per week. Our aim for our Y10 pupils is to support them into a successful transition back to their mainstream school or other appropriate setting.

A sample timetable can be viewed below

Please note that the content offered to students may differ from the main plan below if specific gaps in learning are identified or if the students host school has previously covered this material. In these cases, bespoke plans may then be put in place. 


Our aim at The Chapel is to engage students in learning that is representative of elements of learning in mainstream school while enabling students to gain confidence in their ability and potential.

The long-term plans are dictated largely by the demands of the AQA exam syllabus. At The Chapel we work towards enabling students to gain a grade 4 or above in both English Language and Literature. However, we aim to be flexible and this pathway is not suitable for all of our students due to their individual circumstances. We also offer a Functional English course alongside the GCSEs for selected students.

The course starts with close study of two literature texts that explore the theme of social responsibility: An Inspector Calls and A Christmas Carol. We then turn to developing skills in creative reading and writing for the English Language exam.

Throughout the course we examine a collection of poetry connected by the theme of 'power and conflict', with poems from Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Blake alongside modern contemporary poems by Imtiaz Dharker and Carol Ann Duffy.

We also study Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and analyse how writers use language to express their viewpoints before writing our own.

We want our students to learn to :

· Read a wide range of non-fiction and fiction texts with understanding and insight.

· Develop an appreciation of literature through the close study of prose, poetry and drama texts.

· Write skilfully to suit various audiences, purposes and forms such as letters, speeches etc.

· Speak with increasing confidence and fluency for a variety of purposes and audiences.

We also expect our pupils in KS4 to bring a private reading book to school every day. There is a reading opportunity towards the end of one of their English lessons and there may be chances to read in form time or in other lessons when work is completed.

Autumn 1

A Christmas Carol – Victorian England,  Poverty  and the Workhouse

Stave 1 – Scrooge and Marley & Marley’s message

Stave 2 – The ghost of Christmas Past

Blood Brothers – Liverpool in the 1960s to 1980s - context


Mickey, Edward, Mrs Lyons and Mrs Johnstone


Poverty, class, friendship, loyalty, family, nature vs nurture, violence, fate and superstition

Autumn 2

A Christmas Carol – Victorian England,  Poverty  and the Workhouse

Stave 3 -  The Ghost of Christmas Present

Stave 4 – The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

Functional Skills – Writing



Formal Letters


Spring 1

Functional Skills – Reading

Locating information

Skimming and Scanning

Comprehension skills

Summer 1

Functional Skills – Speaking and Listening

Class discussion

Presentation Skills

Summer 2

Revision of Functional Skills

Exam Practice


Our approach is to enhance pupils' enjoyment of maths by working to ensure they experience success. For pupils who have missed time in school or who have struggled to make progress, this may mean spending more time building up their knowledge of number facts and methods, with structured practice to help with long term retention. Pupils who are already more confident also spend time learning strategies to apply to problems and recognising when a particular strategy is required. 

Although pupils join us at different points, we structure the school year to provide the possibility for progression and some clarity for pupils as to what to expect and what they might have missed. 

For Y10b a broad range of topics is taught from the initial part of the syllabus to allow for progression into Y11 as well as giving the students the opportunity to return to mainstream in Y11 if they are able, knowing they have covered a broad range of topics. 

Autumn 1

  • Calculate with integers and decimals
  • Rounding numbers to a given number of significant figures
  • Factors, multiples and primes, squares, cubes and their roots
  • Negative numbers
  • Direct and inverse proportion
  • Manipulate algebraic expressions
  • Convert between fractions, decimals and percentages

Autumn 2

  • Read and write large numbers
  • Rounding
  • Investigate decimals as powers of 10
  • Sequences

Spring 1

  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Angle rules – around a point, on a straight line and in polygons
  • Angles and parallel lines
  • Interior and exterior angles in polygons
  • Transformations

Spring 2

  • Averages
  • Statistical charts and graphs – Pie charts, Stem and leaf, Scatter
  • Data collection techniques
  • Probability

Summer 1

  • Linear graphs
  • Real-life graphs
  • Non-linear graphs: Distance-time and velocity-time

Summer 2

  • Area and Volume
  • Circles
  • Plans and elevations


In Science our aim is to enhance pupil’s enjoyment of the Sciences. Our curriculum at KS4 involves the teaching of Chemistry, Biology and Physics at GCSE level and is taught in an engaging and interactive way, making the learning fun and ensuring that pupils’ experience success. We structure the lessons so that they are representative of learning in the pupils’ home school and support pupils to gain both the substantive and disciplinary knowledge that they need to succeed in the subject.

Although pupils join us at different points, we structure the school year to provide the possibility for progression and some clarity for pupils as to what to expect and what they might have missed. 

Staff work with the pupil during their time at Chapel House to identify any gaps in learning and then work together to address those gaps.

Autumn 1
  • Describing motion along a line
  • Scalar and vector quantities: Distance and displacement; Speed and velocity
  • Distance-time graphs
  • Velocity-time graphs
  • Acceleration
  • Resultant forces
  • Eukaryotes and prokaryotes
  • Animal cells and plant cells
  • Cell specialisation Cell differentiation
  • Microscopy
  • Chromosomes:      Mitosis and the cell cycle
  • Stem cells
  • Diffusion and  Osmosis
  • Active transport
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Mixtures
  • Scientific models of the atom
  • Relative electrical charges of subatomic particles
  • Size and mass of atoms
  • Electronic structure
  • Relative atomic mass
  • The periodic table
  • Development of the periodic table
  • Metals and non metals
  • Group 0
  • Group 1
  • Group7
Autumn 2
  • Newton's First Law
  • Newton's Second Law
  • Newton's Third Law
  • Forces and braking
  • Stopping distance
  • Reaction time
  • Factors affecting braking distance
  • Momentum (HT only)
  • Organisational hierarchy
  • The human digestive system
  • The heart and blood vessels
  • Blood
  • Coronary heart disease: a non-communicable disease 
  • Chemical bonds
  • Ionic bonding and Ionic compounds
  • and Properties of ionic compounds
  • Covalent bonding
  • and Properties of small molecules
  • Metallic bonding
  • The three states of matter & State symbols
  • Polymers
  • Giant covalent structures
  • Properties of metals and alloys and
  • Metals as conductors
  • Structure and bonding of carbon
Spring 1
  • Standard circuit diagram symbols
  • Electrical charge and current
  • Current, resistance and potential difference
  • Resistors
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Health issues
  • The effect of lifestyle on some non-communicable diseases
  • Cancer
  • Plant tissues
  • Plant organ system
  • Conservation of mass and balanced chemical equations
  • Relative formula mass
  • Mass changes when a reactant or product is a gas
  • Chemical measurements
  • Moles (HT only)
Spring 2
  • Energy stores and systems and energy changes
  • Work and power
  • Energy transfers and efficiency
  • National and global energy resources
  • Communicable (infectious) disease
  • Plant organ system 
  • Viral diseases 
  • Bacterial diseases  and Fungal diseases 
  • Protist diseases 
  • Human defence systems 
  • Vaccination  Antibiotics and painkillers  
  • Discovery and development of drugs
  • Metal oxides
  • The reactivity series and Extraction of metals and reduction
  • Reactions of acids with metals
  • Neutralisation of acids and salt production
  • Soluble salts
  • The pH scale and neutralisation
Summer 1
  • Direct and alternating potential difference
  • Mains electricity
  • Energy transfers in everyday appliances
  • The National Grid
  • Energy changes in systems
  • Photosynthetic reaction 
  •  Rate of Photosynthesis 
  •  Uses of glucose from photosynthesis
  • Aerobic and anaerobic respiration 
  • Response to exercise 
  • Metabolism
  • The process of electrolysis
  • Electrolysis of molten ionic compounds
  • Using electrolysis to extract metals
  • Electrolysis of aqueous solutions
  • Energy transfer during exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Reaction profiles
Summer 2
  • Contact and non-contact forces
  • Gravity
  • Work done and energy transfer
  • Forces and elasticity
  • Pressure in a fluid
  • Atmospheric pressure
  • Importance of homeostasis Structure and function
  • Human endocrine system 
  • Control of blood glucose concentration
  • Hormones in human reproduction 
  • Contraception 
  • The use of hormones to treat infertility (HT only) 
  • Negative feedback (HT only)
  • Calculating rates of reactions
  • Factors which affect the rate of chemical reactions
  • Collision theory and activation energy
  • Catalysts
  • Reversible reactions and Equilibrium

Preparing for Working Life (PFWL)

Each term will focus on one module.

Every half term within each module, will focus on consolidating learnt skills in different contexts and also learning new skills.

Autumn 1

Working as Part of a Group

  • Event/trip planning
Autumn 2

Working as Part of a Group

  • Event/trip planning
Spring 1

Basic Food Preparation

Spring 2

Basic Food Preparation

Summer 1

Basic Cooking

Summer 2 Basic Cooking


All Becton students are taught using a spiral curriculum approach which is a curriculum that returns to the same topics over time. All lessons are aligned to the National Curriculum.

 The spiral approach to curriculum has three key principles. The three principles are:

  1. Cyclical: Students should return to the same topic several times throughout their school career;
  2. Increasing Depth: Each time a student returns to the topic it should be learned at a deeper level and explore more complexity;
  3. Prior Knowledge: A student’s prior knowledge should be utilised when a topic is returned to so that they build from their foundations rather than starting anew.

The curriculum approach uses 5 levels of skills across 3 different areas:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Living in the Wider World
  • Relationships

Staff will benchmark students on entry and will choose a level and subject according to the specific, bespoke needs of the students at that time. The choices will be made with liaison with the wider multidisciplinary team.


Our enrichment sessions occur on a Thursday afternoon and pupils can choose from a variety of activities to suit their needs and interests. Activities change across the terms and examples of what we have offered  can be seen below: 

Autumn 1
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Board Games
  • Online Escape Room
  • Film Club
  • Documentary Club
Autumn 2
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Board Games
  • Minecraft club
  • Computer Coding
  • Whirlow Hall Farm
  • Baking
  • Local History and travelling on local transport
  • Christmas Bonanza
Spring 1
  • Chapel Doc Fest
  • Drama/Expressive Arts - Drama/Music/Dance
  • Teamwork
  • Becton Bake Off