Welcome to Chemistry

"Few scientists acquainted with the chemistry of biological systems at the molecular level can avoid being inspired."
Donald Cram

 

When you think of Chemistry, you probably think of lab coats, bunsen burners, chemicals, fizzes, whizzes and bangs! This is because Chemistry is a very practical subject. Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because it joins together physics and mathematics, biology, the earth and environmental sciences. The world we live in has been shaped by chemistry. Without chemistry there would be no medicines, no 'smart' materials that allow us to communicate electronically, and the clothes we wear would be boring colours and probably very itchy!

Chemists are excellent problem solvers and in recent years have been trying to identify environmental problems, like the hole in the ozone layer and the role of greenhouse gases; developing drugs for previously untreatable diseases and create more environmentally friendly fuels. Chemistry affects every part of your life, from brushing your teeth in the morning, making toast for breakfast, to all the reactions going on in your body to keep you alive. For better or worse, everything is chemical!

Subject Staff:

  • Mr A Bright
  • Miss G Cable 
  • Mr A Taylor 
  • Mr C Cassidy
  • Miss E Judson 
  • Miss J Hulse

Key Stage 3:

At KS3 students have 6 hours of Science per fortnight. Throughout the year, this time is equally split between Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. From Year 8 students are set according to ability; we believe this enables classes to have the best conditions for effective learning and teaching and to provide achievement for all.

Key Stage 4:

At KS4 we offer different GCSE programmes, in order to complement the strengths of the learner. All the GCSE Science students follow the AQA specification and are taught 12 hours per fortnight.

GCSE Chemistry - students study a variety of units and complete a practical examination in controlled assessment conditions.

GCSE Science A - Year 10 students cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics units (B1/C1/P1), the results of which are combined to give one GCSE grade. They also complete a practical examination.

GCSE Additional Science - Year 11 students cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics units (B2/C2/P2), the results of which are combined to give one GCSE grade. They also complete a practical examination.

GCSE Further Additional Science - Year 11 students cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics units (B3/C3/P3) results of which  are combined to give one GCSE grade. They also complete a practical examination.

Key Stage 5:

'A' Level Chemistry students follow the OCR Salters B Advanced Chemistry course and have 10 lessons per fortnight. In contrast to the traditional 'topic based' approach, Chemistry (Salters) is 'context - led'. Chemical concepts are introduced within a relevant context, the course being written as a series of units based on contemporary issues in chemistry.

Facilities:

The faculty has 10 well equipped and modern science labs with fitted data projectors and access to a research quality observatory. Four of the labs contain interactive whiteboards, while there is access to 120 laptops which run the latest Windows Operating System and Office Package. The department invests in ICT provision to support learning and teaching. Courses are supported by resources from the online Kerboodle platform, Sam Learning, Boardworks and Multimedia Science. To enhance practical work, the faculty has 30 state-of-the-art touch screen data loggers.

Enrichment:

Science offers many extra-curricular clubs and support sessions, including:

  • Eco Committee - environmental activities
  • Weekly KS3 Science Club
  • Weekly revision sessions for GCSE students
  • Weekly BTEC support sessions
  • Regular Astronomy Evenings
  • Lots of in-school and extra-curricular science activities during Science Week