The chemistry department has two main goals. Firstly we aim to develop thinking skills, problem solving skills and a wide appreciation of how the technological and natural world works. Secondly we work to develop future Scientists, Engineers, Medics and others involved in these fields.
To achieve these goals the chemistry department makes use of a combination of theoretical and practical work. These are combined in a way to promote independence of learning and intellectual rigour.
Our success is built upon the work of three specialist chemistry teachers and a very experienced chemistry technician; all of whom work hard to achieve the best outcome possible for every single pupil. The department is well resourced with two well-equipped chemistry laboratories. Expectations and levels of commitment from staff and pupils are very high. However, the principal reason for our success is the department’s ability to share its enthusiasm for chemistry in such a way that every pupil believes they have the ability to succeed and is motivated to do so.
Year 7 Topics: Acids and Alkalis, Bubbles bangs and Burning, What a Waste, Materials from the Earth, In the Drink, Materials and Recycling
Year 8 Topics: All that Glitters, Explaining the Earth, building for the Future, Sculpture Park, Cleaning Up, Flying Materials
Key stage three pupils study a combination of all three sciences in years 7 and 8. This builds a foundation for all pupils to study GCSE Chemistry.
Course offered: GCSE Chemistry
Specification code: 2CH01
Year 9: The Earth’s Sea and Atmosphere, Materials from the Earth, Acids, Obtaining and Using Metals, Fuels
Year 10: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table, Ionic Compounds and Analysis, Covalent Compounds and Separation Techniques, Groups in the Periodic Table, Chemical Reactions, Quantitative Chemistry
Year 11: Qualitative Analysis, Quantitative Analysis, Electrolytic Processes, Gasses Equilibria and Ammonia, Organic Chemistry
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