Chemistry

Year 76544s Custom

Chemistry lessons are both theory and practical as appropriate.

 

Themes covered include:

  • Laboratory safety rules and procedures
  • Uses of apparatus and the drawing of chemical diagrams
  • Safe and appropriate use of the Bunsen burner
  • States of matter
  • Elements, atomic structure and simple method of predicting formula
  • Introduction to periodic table and symbols
  • Mixtures and Compounds
  • Physical and Chemical change
  • Separation techniques

 

Year 8

  • Revision of Elements, compounds and Mixtures
  • Air as a Mixture
  • Oxygen
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Nitrogen
  • Bonding and the formation of simple symbol equations
  • Properties of acids and alkalis
  • Use of indicators and the pH Scale
  • Reactions of acids with focus on preparation of soluble salt
  • Neutralisation reactions and naming of salts formed
  • Test for hydrogen gas
  • Solubility rules for salt formation

 

Year 9chemistry

 

Topics covered:

  • Revision of acids, alkalis and testing identity of compounds
  • Revision of atomic structure and bonding
  • Water
  • Periodic Table
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Metals and Reactivity series
  • Rusting
  • Extraction of Metals

 

 

Science: I.G.C.S.E

All students will follow an IGCSE course designed to meet their needs for a GCSE qualification in Science. In common with all science qualifications now on offer, this will be a terminally examined course.

It is proposed that there will be 2 routes through Science at GCSE.

Both will involve following a Balanced Science course which includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

 

Route 1: Combined Science I.G.C.S.E.

 

The student will follow a 2 year course using the Combined Science syllabus offered by the Cambridge International Exam board. This will result in a single GCSE award.

The combined award may be studied at 2 different levels – Foundation or Higher tier.

The Foundation level offers grades C-G, whilst the Higher tier allows access to all grades up to and including A*.

At the end of Year 11, the student will sit 3 exam papers as follows:

• Paper 1 ( FT) or 2(HT) – 40 multiple choice questions based on all 3 scientific disciplines.
• Paper 3 (FT) or 4 (HT) - A structured answer based paper that overs all 3 scientific disciplines and encourages the student to consider the overlap that occurs between the sciences.

• Paper 6 – A practical exam paper which asks students to interpret diagrams, scientific data and record such data in an appropriate manner.

There is no coursework element as Paper 6 examines the practical skills gained by the students over the 2 year course, without putting pressure on them to undertake a one off practical exam or produce a written scientific essay.

This course has been chosen since it provides a good grounding in the sciences and also covers the requirements for the AQA Entry Level certificate.

This course has been chosen since it provides a good grounding in the sciences and also covers the requirements for the OCR Entry Level certificate.

An Entry Level certificate would only be considered where staff felt that the student involved would struggle to attain the requirements of GCSE Grade G.

Route 2: Co-ordinated Science I.G.C.S.E.

 

Students will follow a 2 year course using the Co-ordinated Science (9-1) (Double Award) specification offered by Cambridge International Exam board. The award may be studied at 2 different levels, core and extended.

The core award covers grade 1-5 whereas the Extended award covers grades 5-9.

At the end of Year 11, the students will sit 3 exam papers:

• Paper 1(FT) or 2 (HT) – 40 multiple choice questions based on all 3 scientific disciplines.

• Paper3 (FT) or 4 (HT) - A structured answer based paper that overs all 3 scientific disciplines and encourages the student to consider the overlap that occurs between the sciences.

• Paper 6 – A practical exam paper which asks students to interpret diagrams, scientific data and record such data in an appropriate manner.

There is no coursework element as Paper 6 examines the practical skills gained by the students over the 2 year course, without putting pressure on them to undertake a one off practical exam or produce a written scientific essay.

There are common elements to both combined and co-ordinated science courses, thus enabling a student to move course within the first term if required.

The difference between the combined Science and Co-ordinated Science approach is purely the amount of factual content required and the way in which that factual content is applied.

It is envisaged that those students who have shown an aptitude for Science are encouraged to enter Route 2. Any student considering an A level in a Science based subject should follow this route.

The provision of 3 independently assessed science qualifications is possible and is reviewed on an individual basis. This triple award option would involve giving up an option block within the GCSE timetable and thus limits the other options available.

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