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Chemistry

The Chemistry team aim to develop in the students a fascination and enthusiasm for Chemistry, whilst building their knowledge and understanding.  We believe it is important for students to have a positive experience in Chemistry that is both enabling and challenging.  A variety of approaches to teaching and learning are used, including both practical and theoretical activities.  The students study the ideas and concepts that underpin the processes in the world around us giving them a solid platform from which they can progress through the key stages and onto higher education.  The department continues to build on its high standards and many of our students go on to study Chemistry as well as medicine, dentistry and a wide range of other courses at university.

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Staffing

Head of Department

Mr Dan Boorman

Teachers

Mr J Birbeck-Bailes

Ms J Constantinou-Nash

Dr L Coupe

Mr A Donovan

Mr A Banham (Technician)

Mrs S Boulden (Technician)

Prefects

Azmitha Thayaparan

Charlotte Mead

Eleanor Davies

Imogen Amos

Louise Elmslie

Lucy Swan

Luke Cowan

Niamh O'Donnell

Sophia Phillps

Susanna Alsop

Ambassadors

Georgia Sweeney

Bethany Brejza

Gemma Leigh Bohnn

Charlotte Rose

Katie Lowe

Florence Cantwell-Jones

Charlotte Davis

Paula Elmslie

Key Stage 4

Content

  1. Atomic structure and the periodic table
  2. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
  3. Quantitative Chemistry
  4. Chemical changes
  5. Energy changes
  6. The rate and extent of chemical change
  7. Organic Chemistry
  8. Chemical analysis
  9. Chemistry of the atmosphere
  10. Using resources

Assessment and feedback

  • Written feedback for end of topic assessments.
  • Regular verbal, self and peer assessment during lessons.
  • Rapid automated assessment and feedback using Educake
  • End of Year and PPE assessments.

Specification

Please click here for the AQA GCSE Chemistry specification 

A Level

Content 

Physical chemistry:

Atomic structure, Amount of substance, Bonding, Energetics, Kinetics, Chemical equilibria, Le Chatelier’s principle and Kc, Oxidation, reduction and redox equations, Thermodynamics, Rate equations, Equilibrium constant K p for homogeneous systems, Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells, Acids and bases

Inorganic chemistry:

Periodicity, Group 2 (the Alkaline Earth metals), Group 7 (the Halogens), Properties of Period 3 elements and their oxides, Transition metals, Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

Organic chemistry:  

Introduction to organic chemistry, Alkanes, Halogenoalkanes, Alkenes, Alcohols, Organic analysis, Optical isomerism, Aldehydes and ketones, Carboxylic acids and derivatives, Aromatic chemistry, Amines, Polymers, Amino acids, proteins and DNA, Organic synthesis, Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, Chromatography

Assessment and feedback 

  • Written feedback for end of topic assessments.
  • Regular verbal, self and peer assessment during lessons.
  • Mock exams and PPE assessments throughout the 2 year course.
  • One-to-one feedback and support sessions when requested by the teacher or student.

Specification 

Please click here for the AQA A Level Chemistry specification

Exam Support

Advice

GCSE:

Be prepared for lessons and ensure you have:

  • your Chemistry folder and that is it organised,
  • a pen, pencil and ruler, and a calculator,
  • read through your work from the previous lesson the night before the lesson,
  • Optional: your revision guide if you have one

Homework:

You should attempt your homework on the night set (or as early as possible) so that you can resolve any problems with your teacher before the homework is due.

Topic Test and Exam preparation strategies:

  1. Attempt past paper questions and use mark schemes (see below)
  2. Memorise key ideas using summary sheets, flash cards, Supermemo (or other revision material)
  3. Complete Educake quizzes to identify strong and weaker areas
  4. Ask your teacher for help with topics you find difficult
  5. Watch video tutorials on topics you find difficult

A Level:

Independent study time in Year 12 vs estimated grade (guide based on previous sixth form students):

A Level study time

 

Division of time on independent study:

Division of time on independent study:

 

E.g. Based on 5 hours a week (as part of 15-20 hours total independent study)

20% - Reading, note taking and preparing questions for the next part of the course

1 hour - Reading ahead, and identifying questions for class

20% - Set Homework

1 hour - Set Homework

20% - Summarising key concepts from

recent lessons

1 hour - Summarising key concepts from recent lesson

20% - Exam questions

1 hour - Exam questions

20% - Learning/revising content

1 hour - Learning/revising content

 

Note taking strategy (Cornell Method) 

Note taking Strategy 1

Example of the Cornell method;

Note taking 2

Past papers

GCSE

Please click here for the AQA GCSE Chemistry assessment resources

Please click here for the AQA GCSE Chemistry past papers and mark schemes

Please click here for examples of other Chemistry past papers

A Level 

Please click here for AQA A Level Chemistry current specification papers 

Please click here for AQA A Level Chemistry old specification past papers

Please click here for OCR A Level Chemistry current specification past papers

Please click here for Edexcel A Level Chemistry current specification past papers

PLEASE NOTE: the Highworth Chemistry department use the AQA exam board. The other exam board links are for extra revision and more past papers. Please be aware that the content is not the same. 

Useful external links

GCSE:

A Level:

 

Careers

Potential Careers

Medicine, Analytical chemist, Chemical engineer, Clinical biochemistry, Forensic scientist, Pharmacologist, Research scientist, Toxicologist, Environmental consultant, Higher education lecturer, Nuclear engineer, Patent attorney, Science writer, Secondary school teacher

Alumni 

Alannah King

Studying Natural Sciences at Trinity Hall (Cambridge) (2016-current)

Jodie Graham

Studying Biomedical Science at King’s College London (2016-current)

Michael Grela

Medicine at Queen Mary University (2016-current)

Extra-curricular

Clubs 

Science Club - Years 7-8

Trips and visits

Science @work - Year 10 

Pfizer Community Lab - Year 12

Support Sessions 

Tuesday lunchtime - A Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics support

Thursday lunchtime - GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics support

Stretch and Challenge

Cambridge Chemistry Challenge: click here to find out more

News

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