Pupils attend Saturday morning classes approximately every three weeks starting in January.
These classes take place in relevant specialist departments at Westminster School. Our STEM course runs on-site at the Robert Hooke Science Centre. Each lesson is taught by a specialist Westminster teacher of that subject.
Saturday sessions run from 9.30am to 1pm, roughly every 3 weeks during term time. There is also a summer school component, which runs on 2 full weekdays in early July.
- In the STEM pathway, participants will be able to study stretching and challenging material in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science. The course is delivered by Westminster School teachers primarily in their newly refurbished science block.
- In the Liberal Arts pathway, Students will study a given theme through the lens of a range of humanities subjects. We will encourage students to consider and explore the links between these subjects and engage critically in the modes of study that these subjects offer. Academic sessions will be led by specialist Westminster teachers. No prior study of Classics or History of Art will be required, but we anticipate that all students will be studying the full complement of five EBacc subjects.
2020 Programme dates
|Session 1||11 January 2020|
|Session 2||1 February 2020|
|Session 3||8 February 2020|
|Session 4||14 March 2020|
|Session 5||2 May 2020|
|Session 6||16 May 2020|
|Session 7||6 June 2020|
|Session 8||20 June 2020|
|Session 9||12 September 2020|
|Session 10||3 October 2020|
STEM Curriculum 2020
|Week 1||Cell Structure||Week 6||Circulatory system|
|Week 2||Biological Molecules||Week 7||Plant Responses|
|Week 3||Evolution||Week 8||Immunity|
|Week 4||Genetics||Week 9||The Nervous System|
|Week 5||Biochemistry||Week 10||Gene Technology|
|Week 1||A History of Chemistry||Week 6||Vibrating Particles|
|Week 2||Organic Molecules||Week 7||Organic Problem Solving|
|Week 3||Size and the mole||Week 8||Reaction Rates|
|Week 4||Polymers & the Plastic Revolution||Week 9||Of Metals and Men|
|Week 5||Hydrogen and its role||Week 10||DNA, Life and Macromolecules|
|Week 1||Kinematics||Week 6||Hooke’s Law and the Young Modulus|
|Week 2||Electric Circuits||Week 7||Waves|
|Week 3||Newton’s Laws||Week 8||Radioactive Decay|
|Week 4||Units||Week 9||Electromagnetism (especially Faraday’s Law)|
|Week 5||Ideal Gases||Week 10||Optics (mostly Snell’s Law)|
Liberal Arts Curriculum 2020
|Week 1||ENGLISH||What do we mean by nationalism? Where have we seen it before?
Key/contrasting texts or passages: how are nationalist identities articulated?
|Week 2||HISTORY||Where have we seen nationalism in the past?
What has driven it? What have been its implications for the course of history?
|Week 3||CLASSICS||What did nationalism look like further back in history?
To what extent is there continuity between the classical age and the present day? Is Western culture inherently nationalist?
|Week 4||MFL||What can we learn about nationalism in other cultures if we study texts in their original form?
How does this help us understand or critique our own sense of national(ist) identities?
|Week 5||HISTORY OF ART||How have artists represented nationalist identities?
How have visual arts been used to challenge or undermine nationalist identities?
|Week 6||RELIGION & PHILOSOPHY||The ethics of nationalism
Is nationalism dangerous?
|Week 7||ARCHIVES & RESEARCH||Visit to Westminster Archives
Begin group research project
|Week 8||LIBRARY||Work on group projects|
|Week 9||PRESENTATIONS 1||Presentations of your thematic research|
|Week 10||PRESENTATIONS 2||Presentations and graduation|
A learning programme between sessions
There are online tutorials and structured tasks, to help pupils maintain momentum and progress. Pupils are able to share ideas and to work together on challenges by logging onto the Platform online forum. They are expected to be willing to work hard between sessions!