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Typically, our Y11b pupils are offered 23 hours per week. Our aim for our Y11 pupils is to support them to complete appropriate qualifications and transition successfully to an appropriate Post-16 placement.

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. 




Autumn 2


Spring 1


Spring 2


Summer 1


Summer 2



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. 

Y11a students follow the Edexcel 1MA1 syllabuses. Y11b study the foundation level aiming for GCSE Grade 3 or Grade 4. The curriculum is split into five areas: Number, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. Each area is taught as a whole over the course of a half term.  

Autumn 1

Number, Ratio & Proportion

  • Integers and Place Value
  • Decimals
  • Indices, powers and roots
  • Factors, multiples and primes
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Fractions and Reciprocals
  • Indices and Standard Form

Autumn 2


  • Expressions and substitution into formulae
  • Equations and Inequalities
  • Sequences
  • Real-life graphs
  • Straight line graphs
  • Quadratic Equations – Expanding, Factorising and graphs
  • Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions
  • Simultaneous Equations

Spring 1

Geometry 1

  • Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts
  • Interior and exterior angles of polygons
  • Transformations
  • Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry
  • Plans and Elevations
  • Constructions, loci and bearings

Spring 2

Geometry 2

  • Perimeter, area and volume
  • Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres
  • Similarity and congruence in 2D
  • Vectors

Summer 1

Probability and Statistics

  • Tables, charts and graphs
  • Pie charts
  • Scatter graphs
  • Statistics, sampling and the averages
  • Probability

Summer 2


  • Past papers and exam practice


Autumn 1
  • The structure of an atom
  • Mass number, atomic number and isotopes
  • The development of the model of the atom
  • Radioactive decay and nuclear radiation
  • Nuclear equations
  • Half-lives and the random nature of radioactive decay
  • Radioactive contamination
  • Sexual and asexual reproduction 
  • Meiosis
  • DNA and the genome
  • Genetic inheritance 
  • Inherited disorders 
  • Sex determination
  • Crude oil, hydrocarbons and alkanes
  • Fractional distillation and petrochemicals
  • Properties of hydrocarbons
  • Cracking and alkenes
Autumn 2
  • Density of materials
  • Changes of state
  • Internal energy
  • Temperature changes in a system and specific heat capacity
  • Changes of heat and specific latent heat
  • Variation 
  • Evolution 
  • Selective breeding 
  • Genetic engineering
  • Evidence for evolution 
  • Fossils   and  Extinction 
  • Resistant bacteria
  • Classification
  • Pure substances
  • Formulations
  • Chromatography
  • Testing for gases
Spring 1
  • Poles of a magnet
  • Magnetic fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Communities 
  • Abiotic factors 
  • Biotic factors 
  • Adaptations
  • Levels of organisation 
  • How materials are cycled
  • The proportions of different gases in the atmosphere
  • The Earth’s early atmosphere
  • How oxygen increased
  • How carbon dioxide decreased
  • Greenhouse effect and carbon footprint
  • Atmospheric pollutants from fuels
  • Properties and effects of atmospheric pollutants
Spring 2
  • Transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Properties of waves
  • Types of electromagnetic waves
  • Properties of electromagnetic waves
  • Biodiversity 
  • Waste management  
  • Land use 
  • Deforestation
  • Global warming 
  • Maintaining biodiversity
  • Using the Earth's resources and sustainable development
  • Potable water
  • Waste water treatment
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Ways of reducing the use of resources
Summer 1

Physics: KEY IDEAS

  • Review


Biology: KEY IDEAS

  • Review


Chemistry: KEY IDEAS 

  • Review


Summer 2  

WJEC Health and Social Care (Option)

OCR Cambridge National Award – Health and Social Care

Autumn 1

RO21:  Essential Values of Care

  • Rights of individuals
  • Values of Care
Autumn 2

RO21:  Essential Values of Care

  • Legislation impacting on Care
  • Personal hygiene, safety, security for protection
Spring 1

January – RO21 Exam

RO22:  Communicating with service users in care settings

  • Effective communication
  • Personal qualities and effective care
Spring 2

RO22:  Communicating with service users in care settings

  • Effective communication – applied examples

May – RO22 Coursework submission

Summer 1

Coursework submitted

Summer 2 -


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 so far this academic year 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 TBC
Spring 2 TBC
Summer 1 TBC
Summer 2 TBC