• Chemistry 2017

KS3 (Years 7 & 8)

At KS3 students follow the Activate scheme of work. In year 7, students learn about the difference between elements, mixtures and compounds, chemical reactions as well as acids and alkali. 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 8, students discover the reactions of metals, materials and 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. This is a rigorous scheme of work that prepares students well for their GCSEs in year 9.

Year 7 and year 8 students are welcome to the weekly Science Technology Engineering and Maths club. Four of the top chemists from year 8 will also be selected to attend the Salters Chemistry Festival where they will compete against other schools using all of the practical and problem solving skills they have gained during KS3.


KS4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

Examination Board: AQA

In year 9, every student studies the chemistry content of the science 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: trilogy GCSE.

The range of topics is varied, increasing knowledge and passion for chemistry. It includes amongst others the fundamental ideas in chemistry like the atomic model and periodic table; crude oil, fuels and polymers; structure and bonding in materials; chemical analysis; rates of reactions; acids and bases; 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. More information on the science GCSEs can be found on the AQA website.

In order to both support and advance the learning of individuals, extra drop-in sessions are provided for each of year 9, 10 and 11, at lunchtimes throughout the week. Students are invited to bring with them any topics they have found challenging, and we will look over the theory once more, before applying this to exam-style questions.

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.




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