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.
Safety in Science & Working Scientifically;
C1.1 Particles and their behaviour
B1.2 Structure and function of body systems;
C1.2 Elements, atoms and compounds;
C1.4 Acids and Alkalis
C1.3 Chemical Reactions;
B2.1 Health and Lifestyle;
P2.1 Electricity and Magnetism
C2.1 The Periodic Table;
B2.2 Ecosystem Processes
C2.2 Separation Techniques
P2.3 Motion and Pressure;
C2.3 Metals and Acids
B2.3 Adaptation and Inheritance;
C2.4 The Earth;
P3.1 New Technology in Physics;
B3.1 New Technology in Biology
C3.1 New Technology in Chemistry;
P3.2 Turning Points in Physics
B3.2 Turning Points in Biology;
C3.2 Turning Points in Chemistry
P3.3 Detection in Physics;
B3.3 Detection in Biology
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: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462
Course Code: GCSE Combined Science Trilogy AQA 8464
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
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%
- Atoms, bonding and moles
- Chemical reactions and energy changes
Year 11 (2017-18 academic year)
- Rates, equilibrium and organic chemistry
- 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: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402
Course Code: GCSE Science A (Core Science) AQA 4405
Exam Board Specification: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/science-a-4405
Course Code: GCSE Additional Science AQA 4408
Exam Board Specification: www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/additional-science-4408
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)
C1.1 Fundamental ideas in Chemistry
C1.2 Rocks and building materials;
C1.3 Metals and their uses
C1.4 Crude oil and fuels;
C1.5 Products from oil
C1.6 Plant oils;
C1.7 Our changing planet
C2.1 Structure and bonding
C2.2 Structure and properties
C2.3 How much?;
C2.4 Rates and energy
C2.5 Salts and electrolysis
C3.1 The Periodic Table;
C3.3 Energy calculations;
C3.4 Analysis and synthesis
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 7405
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/chemistry-7404-7405
Recommended Entry Requirements
Grade 6 GCSE Chemistry or Grade 6-6 GCSE Combined Science
Grade 6 English and Mathematics
Students who have studied Combined Science must complete additional preparatory work over the summer holidays.
This exciting course attempts to answer the big question “What is the world made of?” and in the search for this answer you will be investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, through to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives.
The course covers a broad range of topics within Physical, Inorganic and Organic chemistry including atomic structures, thermodynamics, periodicity, transition metals, alkanes and DNA. Practicals include measuring energy changes, identifying different compounds, preparing organic solids and liquids and undertaking advanced chromatography.
The opportunities are endless!
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.
GCSE Revision Calendar 2018:
This summer’s GCSE and A Level exam timetables are now available for download. Please click the link to Exam Information.
GCSE Revision Calendar 2018: Click here
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