Each year at KS3, a term is devoted to studying chemistry, expanding notions of science learnt at KS2 as well as introducing new topics. In year 7, students learn about the difference between elements, mixtures and compounds, chemical reactions as well as acids and alkali. In year 8, students discover the reactions of metals and metal compounds, environmental chemistry and patterns of reactivity. The aim is also for students to acquire key practical skills and terminology that is then developed further at KS4.
Year 7 and year 8 students are welcome to the weekly Science Technology Engineering and Maths club.
Examination Board: AQA
In year 9, every pupil studies chemistry in preparation for his or her GCSEs. In years 10 and 11, students are placed in two sets. One group will prepare for the chemistry GCSE whist the second group will work towards the combined science double GCSE.
The range of topics is varied, increasing knowledge and passion for chemistry. It includes amongst others the fundamental ideas in chemistry like the atom model and the periodic table; crude oil, fuels, polymers and plant oils; the structure and bonding in chemicals; the analysis of products; the rates of reactions; the acids and bases; the electrolysis of compounds; the chemistry of water; the production of ammonia as well as the chemistry of alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters. During the course of KS4, students also design investigations, make measurements, present data, draw conclusion and evaluate limitations attached to scientific evidences.
Year 9 students visit the Science Museum in South Kensington to relate their learning to modern discoveries and recent applications of chemistry. In year 10, the gifted students in chemistry attend a one day series of scientific lectures in London to further light up their interest towards chemistry and introduce them to what lies beyond GCSE and A-level studies.
Year 9 and year 10 students are also welcome to attend the STEM Club every Tuesday afternoon.