Chemistry

Img 9056 copySUBJECT INTRODUCTION

‘Good teaching and learning’. That has been the Science Department’s focus in the last 8 years. We have achieved this – reflected in our continued success of the last 7 years. CORE Grades have averaged 80% A*-C (24% above the national average). Additional Science Grades have also remained high. We are continuing to attain our goal of ‘outstanding teaching and learning’.

  • We are the largest department in the School as Science is a CORE subject (with effectively 3 subjects combined – Biology, Chemistry and Physics). We have a Head of Department (KS4 Responsibility) and a Second in Department (KS3 Responsibility). We have heads of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We have six experienced teachers (5 full time, 1 part time). We all have vast experience (and success) at delivering the GCSE Curriculum with three Biologists, two Chemists and one Physics specialist.
  • There are 4 large laboratories, which have Fume Cupboards and the standard equipment necessary for delivering Science to a GCSE Level, as a practical subject.
  • Our new 6th Form block has 3 laboratories, dedicated to AS/A2 Level teaching of Chemistry and Physics.

STAFFING AND FACILITIES

The department has eight teaching staff and three technicians.

  • Mr Khodabacksh – Head of Department/ KS4 Coordinator
  • Mrs Mbanefo – Deputy Head of Science/ KS3 Coordinator
  • Ms Bell – Head of Chemistry
  • Mrs Hichson-Kucickova - Biology Specialist
  • Ms Knowles - Chemistry Specialist
  • Ms Jin - Biology Specialist
  • Mrs McKean - Chemistry Specialist
  • Mr Hartnett - Physics Specialist
  • Mr Gasparro – Senior ScienceTechnician
  • Ms Puri Rubio – Science Technician
  • Ms Tara Martin - Science Technician

THE CURRICULUM

A LEVEL - KEY STAGE 5 / SIXTH FORM

Chemistry is about everything. It is the central science that explains how the world around us works.  It enables us to see patterns in the myriads of chemical reactions that occur in nature.  In this course you will see how the laws of chemistry and the skills of today’s chemists have been used to achieve our present high standards of living. AS Chemistry is an exciting course that places emphasis on the application of knowledge and the usefulness of laboratory research.

Progress will be checked via homework and testing, each week.

You will study the basic laws and principles of chemistry and learn how to predict the properties and the atomic structure of elements from their positions in the periodic table. Topics will also include organic chemistry, carbon compounds including fossil fuels, plastics and recycling.  You will learn how to control chemical reactions and the importance of chemistry in manufacturing processes. You will be introduced to modern analytical techniques such as mass spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance.

  • AS: two written examinations plus one practical examination.
  • A2: two written examinations plus practical based coursework

There are 9 lessons over the two week timetable taught by 2 Chemistry specialist teachers.

Your practical skills will be developed and you will solve real problems in chemistry.

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Recently we allowed the BBC to trial their Christmas Science Lectures with our Gifted and Talented Year 10 and Year 12 students. We have run Trips to The Institute of Education in London, with lectures on specific topics that the pupils are studying.

Science permeates through ALL aspects of our society, from the recycling bins that our Department funded to the understanding of ‘reproduction’ – with social, moral and ethical Issues. It would be impossible to list specific relevance as it is an ‘over-reaching’ subject.

LIFE AFTER CHRIST'S

All manufacturing industries, pharmaceuticals, food processing, cosmetics and metal works.  Chemistry is essential for medicine, dentistry, chemical engineering and a whole host of health and environmental courses.

LINKS & RESOURCES

BBC Bitesize is a good source of information, however ‘the World’ is Science – you cannot miss it!

  • 07:03 PM - 19th May, 2017 We like this. Thursday Teaching and Learning briefing generating a lot of revision ideas! Read more
  • 06:44 PM - 18th May, 2017 Tarsia revision technique impressively deployed for civil rights revision in GCSE history today. Read more
  • 11:13 AM - 15th May, 2017 Here we go. GCSEs! Hall is ready, the pupils are well prepared. We wish every one of our y11s the best of luck and success they deserve. Read more
  • 01:31 PM - 13th May, 2017 Sports leaders are in action at the Richmond May Fair Read more
  • 07:30 PM - 12th May, 2017 Year 9 having an online chat with a small business start up from Vancouver! Read more