Chemistry is part of the fabric of life. To understand why an autumn leaf turns red, why a diamond is hard, or why soap has cleansing properties, requires an understanding of chemistry. To design a synthetic fibre, a life saving drug, or a space capsule, requires knowledge of chemistry.
We all experience chemical reactions continuously whether it is breathing or baking a cake, driving a car or listening to a battery-driven ipod! The chemistry course in Years 7 to 9 begins to offer some explanation of the chemistry we experience in our daily lives through experimental work, computer presentations, videos and computer research as well as more traditional teaching methods.
In Year 7 laboratory safety and experimental procedure are emphasised as the pupils investigate acids and alkalis, separation techniques and the particulate nature of matter. In Year 8 many different chemical reactions are studied as the pupils explore the differences between elements, mixtures and compounds. The reactions of metals, the combustion of fuels and thermal decomposition reactions are all studied. In Year 9, the pupils are introduced to the structure of the atom and continue to investigate chemical reactions. Electrolysis, oxidation and reduction, metal extractions and the factors which influence the rate of a reaction are all studied. In Years 10 and 11 the AQA GCSE syllabus is followed which develops and expands the topics covered in Key Stage 3. For more details on detailed subject options view the Option Blocks webpage.