Science at The Wren School, Reading, Berks

Aiming High


Aims and Ethos

Science learning is much more than simple knowledge, especially now that factual information is so easily obtained.

The wonder of science learning is to be able to ask a question, devise an investigation, interpret results, compare with other people’s results, and then ask another question.

Our aim is to equip students at The Wren School with the skills to apply their knowledge to situations which will always be changing.

Curriculum Information

Year 7

This is Me

What makes me unique?   What are cells and how do they multiply? How do we inherit and acquire characteristics? What are reproductive cells? How do reproductive cells get together and how do we prevent them from getting together?

This is Us

Food chains, webs and species; comparing physical aspects of humans vs. animals (ears/sound and eyes/light, skeletons, reproduction)

Genius of the Past

Scientific Developments and Inventions: looking at a key developments such as Electricity and the lightbulb.

Antibiotics and bioengineering. We will look at the historical context and the people who inspired scientific and technological achievement.

Inventions of the Future

We will be looking at the problems of and Solutions to our sustainable energy needs. In addition we will look at combustion, pollution, and global warming before evaluating the potential of Hydrogen and alcohol as a fuels.

Power of Humans

This theme allows us to explore forces, energy transformations and speed as we prepare for lift off of the first Wren School in space.

Power of the Earth

We will look at the tectonic structure of the Earth, volcanoes and earthquakes. We will look at what the Earth provides in terms of minerals and metals and we will see how minerals and metals are extracted from the Earth. Finally we will evaluate the costs and benefits of recycling over new production.

Year 8

My Values

We will look at the needs of our body and how we value it, in terms of what we put into it and the risks of abusing it. We will look at the digestive system, food and nutrition and balancing energy needs. We will also look at the effects of a variety of legal and legal drugs and evaluate their cost to individuals and to society.

Family Values

We will learn about how scientific understanding has changed in the light of increasing evidence. We will look at the way in which evidence has affected prior beliefs and understanding, particularly in terms of our understanding of the solar system and of the microbiological world. We will also look at the way in which prejudice and narrow minded attitudes have affected scientific progress. We will be looking at key individuals in the history of science and the challenges they faced in getting their ideas recognised.

Clashes of Culture

Different cultural approaches to disease and health: What happens when separated population with different cultures come into contact? Science will link closely with Humanities in a look at the invasion of the Spanish into South America and the Diseases, microbes and epidemics subsequently spread. Students will also study other culture’s views on disease and medicine in relation to epidemics.

Celebration of Culture

Science breaking Cultural barriers: International Cooperation for Research Projects: Nations working together and crossing borders in big project Science (CERN etc.)- universal language – IUPAC – Reactions – reactivity – Mendeleev and the periodic table.

The Power of Our Technology

Technology and the Industrial revolution:  Students will start with thought of what a pre-industrial age would look like. Students will then study the inventions and theories that made it possible. From combustion to energy changes, the action of a steam engine and Pressure in fluids.

The Power of my Voice

A review of sound and hearing. Looking at sound as a wave and experimenting with waves of different kinds. We will also be looking at how animals use low frequency sound waves and how high frequency waves are used in medicine and industry. We will also explore the way scientists interpret seismic waves to get a better understanding of the Earth.


Term Dates

Term 5
Tue 25 Apr – Fri 26 May 2017
Bank holiday – Mon 1st May 2017
Term 6
Mon 5 Jun – Tue 18 July 2017
Inset days – Wed 19 July + Thur 20 July 2017