Chemistry
Chemistry is an integral part of everyday life; what in the world isn’t Chemistry? We believe that Chemistry provides pupils with an alternative way of viewing the world around them.

Introduction

Chemistry helps to explain not only many major industrial processes but also those things which we take for granted: clean water, tasty food, clothing, and much more. Through studying Chemistry we hope that we will equip pupils to be able to see the hidden beauty in the world. Chemistry in Years 7 to 11 at Eltham College is taught through a variety of modern-day contexts.

Teaching and Learning

Throughout the Senior School at Eltham College, Chemistry is taught in dedicated lessons by subject specialists. As far as possible, lessons are structured so that ideas and concepts are explored through practical investigation. Lessons are designed so that pupils learn in a variety of ways through group work, pair work or individual study as appropriate. Teachers encourage pupils to ask questions and to challenge current theories. Pupils have the opportunity to discover and pursue interests in Chemistry through various research-based projects across Years 7 to 11.

The Chemistry Department provides a supportive and nurturing environment in which pupils can learn about the important role of Chemistry in everyday life and explore the increasing contribution which Chemistry makes to human advancement.

We are committed to developing our practice as educators and to this end we are a Royal Society of Chemistry Learn Partner.

Curriculum

Years 7 and 8

In Years 7 and 8, pupils have a double lesson per week of Chemistry and one piece of homework will be set. Pupils will study a variety of topics which form the foundations of Chemistry; these include:

Year 7

Year 8

Introduction to Chemistry Metals
Elements, compounds and mixtures  Reactions of acids
Water and solutions Special Topic

We provide pupils with a text book [Longman Chemistry 11-14] which gives a comprehensive overview of these topics.

GCSE

At GCSE, Chemistry is a core subject in the curriculum and is taught by subject specialists in our fully equipped laboratories.

We begin our GCSE course in Year 9; therefore, pupils in Years 9 to 11 will follow the AQA GCSE Chemistry course which is examined at the end of Year 11.

However, in Year 10, a few boys will be selected to follow the AQA GCSE Science course which allows additional support to be given.

Facilities

The Chemistry Department has four dedicated laboratories which are excellently equipped to carry out exciting experiments and demonstrations designed to inspire and stimulate pupils. Each laboratory has its own interactive whiteboard and touchscreen data-logging device. The use of ICT in lessons is significant and ever-increasing.

Enrichment and Trips

Year 8 Salters' FestivalPupils in the Chemistry Department are able to participate in a variety of enrichment activities; these include:

  • The Salters’ Festival (Year 8)

  • RSC Chemistry Challenge (Year 10)

  • GCSE Science Live (Year 11)

Staff

At Eltham College, the Chemistry Department has teaching staff with a wealth of experience, knowledge and interests. Most of the department’s teaching staff have worked in industry or research and are able to relate the syllabus even more closely to the “real world”.

There are four members of staff who currently teach Years 7 to 11:

Teaching is enhanced by the support provided by our technician, Mrs J Gregory.

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