Science – Chemistry

Head of Science Faculty and Physics Department: Mr S Burn
Head of Chemistry Department: Mrs S Matlock
Head of Biology Department: Mr C Quirk (Maternity Cover)
Key Stage 3 Coordinator: Mr C Quirk
Faculty Staff: Mrs J Tidball, Mr M Deal, Miss A Bowman, Mr C Boutland-Smith, Mrs M Kestell, Mrs K Marshall, Mr P Dorney, Miss C Halden
Support Staff: Mrs B Cannan, Miss H Morrison, Mr C Spooner
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

The study of Chemistry encourages students to explore the nature of substances and how they react together. It engages learners at many levels, linking direct practical experience with scientific ideas. Experimentation and modelling are used to develop and evaluate explanations, encouraging critical and creative thought. Students learn how knowledge and understanding in Chemistry are rooted in evidence. They discover how scientific ideas contribute to technological change – affecting industry, business and medicine and improving quality of life. They trace the development of science worldwide and recognise its cultural significance. They learn to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives, the directions of societies and the future of the world.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

In KS3 Science lessons Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics are taught in rotation. We follow the Activate schemes of work which provide students with opportunities for regular practical work and development of their numeracy and literacy skills within Science. Student progress is tracked regularly with end of unit assessments, APP tasks (Assessing Pupil Progress) and formal end of year exams.

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2
Safety in Science & Working Scientifically;
C1.1 Particles and their behaviour
B1.1 Cells;
P1.1 Forces
Terms 3 & 4
B1.2 Structure and function of body systems;
P1.2 Sound
C1.2 Elements, atoms and compounds;
P1.3 Light
Terms 5 & 6
B1.3 Reproduction;
C1.4 Acids and Alkalis
C1.3 Chemical Reactions;
P1.4 Space

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2
B2.1 Health and Lifestyle;
P2.1 Electricity and Magnetism
C2.1 The Periodic Table;
B2.2 Ecosystem Processes
Terms 3 & 4
P2.2 Energy;
C2.2 Separation Techniques
P2.3 Motion and Pressure;
C2.3 Metals and Acids
Terms 5 & 6
B2.3 Adaptation and Inheritance;
Working Scientifically
C2.4 The Earth;
Working Scientifically

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2
P3.1 New Technology in Physics;
B3.1 New Technology in Biology
C3.1 New Technology in Chemistry;
P3.2 Turning Points in Physics
Terms 3 & 4
B3.2 Turning Points in Biology;
C3.2 Turning Points in Chemistry
P3.3 Detection in Physics;
B3.3 Detection in Biology
Terms 5 & 6
C3.3 Detection in Chemistry;
Introduction to GCSE Biology
Introduction to GCSE Chemistry;
Introduction to GCSE Physics

Key Stage 4 (Current Year 10 – New Specification)

Course Code: GCSE Chemistry AQA 8462
Exam Board Specification:

Course Code: GCSE Combined Science Trilogy AQA 8464
Exam Board Specification:

GCSE Chemistry gives students a good understanding of the nature of substances and how they react together, how chemistry is used in business and industry and how our use of fuels affect the local and global environment. It is a fascinating and engaging course which explores both the science of the building blocks of life and ethical issues surrounding developments in technology.  This course provides a firm foundation for progression to AS and A-level Chemistry.

GCSE Chemistry is examined by 2 x 1hr 45min exams at the end of the course. It also involves a practical endorsement which doesn’t contribute to the overall grade.

Unit 1: Chemistry Paper 1 – Written paper 1 hr 45mins – 100 marks worth 50%
Unit 2: Chemistry Paper 2 – Written paper 1 hr 45mins – 100 marks worth 50%

Year 10

  1. Atoms, bonding and moles
  2. Chemical reactions and energy changes

Year 11 (2017-18 academic year)

  1. Rates, equilibrium and organic chemistry
  2. Analysis and the Earth’s resources

GCSE Combined Science Pathway:
GCSE Combined Science covers the majority of content from the GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses but a small number of selected topics are omitted.

Key Stage 4 (Current Year 11 – Old specification)

Course Code: GCSE Chemistry AQA 4402
Exam Board Specification:

Course Code: GCSE Science A (Core Science) AQA 4405
Exam Board Specification:

Course Code: GCSE Additional Science AQA 4408
Exam Board Specification:

GCSE Chemistry is examined by 3 x 1hr exams at the end of the course and includes a controlled assessment ISA (Investigative Skills Assignment) as follows:

Unit 1: Chemistry 1 – Written paper 1 hr – 60 marks worth 25%
Unit 2: Chemistry 2 – Written paper 1 hr – 60 marks worth 25%
Unit 3: Chemistry 3 – Written paper 1 hr – 60 marks worth 25%
Unit 4: Controlled Assessment – Investigative Skills Assignment – two written assessments plus one or two lessons for practical work and data processing – 50 marks – worth 25%

Year 10 (2015-16 academic year)

Terms 1 & 2
C1.1 Fundamental ideas in Chemistry
C1.2 Rocks and building materials;
C1.3 Metals and their uses
Terms 3 & 4
C1.4 Crude oil and fuels;
C1.5 Products from oil
C1.6 Plant oils;
C1.7 Our changing planet
Terms 5 & 6
C2.1 Structure and bonding
C2.2 Structure and properties

Year 11

Terms 1 & 2
C2.3 How much?;
C2.4 Rates and energy
C2.5 Salts and electrolysis
Terms 3 & 4
C3.1 The Periodic Table;
C3.2 Water
C3.3 Energy calculations;
C3.4 Analysis and synthesis
Terms 5 & 6
C3.5 Organic chemistry;
Preparation for exam

GCSE Science / GCSE Additional Science Pathways:

GCSE Core Science covers Biology Unit 1, Chemistry Unit 1, Physics Unit 1.
GCSE Additional Science covers Biology Unit 2, Chemistry Unit 2, Physics Unit 2. 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: A Level Chemistry AQA Chemistry 7404/7405
Exam Board Specification:

Chemistry touches almost every aspect of human life – from food to drugs and forensics to building. Further study could be a degree in Chemistry, medicine or biological sciences. Chemistry is seen as an enabling A Level in a vast range of courses. 

This course aims to extend your knowledge of Chemistry by looking at chemical ideas in more detail in different everyday contexts. Students will also get a chance to develop investigative and practical skills.

For more information on A Level Chemistry, click here.

Enrichment and Links:

KS3 Science Club, National Science & Engineering Week enrichment activities, Curriculum visits to Bristol Zoo, @Bristol, The Big Bang Fair, National Science Museum. AS & A2 Level Chemistry Trips.

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