In chemistry a practical based curriculum is taught to coordinate with and complement the work undertaken by the other two departments that make up the Science Faculty. Three dedicated chemists, supported by a highly qualified technician, teach all students from Year 8 to Year 11; a large number of students continue to study chemistry at A level.
Students in Years 8 and 9 follow a programme of study based on the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3 closely linked to a recently published AQA science syllabus aiming to develop pupils’ scientific knowledge in tandem with a range of enquiry skills. At Key Stage 4 students study for AQA GCSE chemistry, from September 2016 a linear course will be followed with all examinations taken at the end of Year 11.
At Key Stage 5 OCR Chemistry B (Salters) is the course studied for A Level. In this course there are explicit links made between chemical ideas and how chemistry is used in a range of contexts, from atmospheric and environmental chemistry to the structure and function of proteins and DNA.chemistry department teaches a practical based curriculum to coordinate with and complement the work undertaken by the other two departments that make up the Science Faculty. Three dedicated chemists, supported by a highly qualified technician, teach all students from Year 8 to Year 11; a large number of students continue to study chemistry at A level.
Members of teaching staff are available during lunchtime to provide support and guidance to students on an individual or group basis; this varies between year groups and on the time of year. A number of students studying A level chemistry volunteer to act as mentors to support younger pupils during lunchtimes and in non-assembly time.
In all year groups work in lessons is routinely structured to offer stretch and challenge to all students and extended reading and research is encouraged through homework. The library has an excellent range of chemistry related non-fiction and copies of Chemistry Review from the 1990s to the current edition.
Members of chemistry department staff work to develop and add new practical activities to provide students with a wide and varied range of opportunities during routine lessons, which incorporate problem solving activities during practical work to foster academic engagement and resilience. Collection, analysis and evaluation of data are crucial for understanding and applying a wide range of familiar chemical concepts in unfamiliar contexts.
Each year a team of Year 8 pupils take part one of the annual Salters’ Festival of Chemistry events. This provides an opportunity for our students to gain experience of working in a modern, well equipped University laboratory. Year 11 students visit the Cavendish Laboratories in Cambridge to participate in a range of lectures.
AQA Keys Stage 3 Syllabus
AQA GCSE Chemistry
OCR A Level Chemistry B ( Salters)