Chemistry at Sir Thomas Rich's School

Year 8

Year 8 follow the KS3 criteria from the National Curriculum. 

Topics include: States of matter, chemical & physical changes, combustion, energy, Periodic Table, symbols & equations, metals & non-metals, acids & bases, earth sciences

Formal assessments are made at the end of each topic through tests.  Practical tasks which are levelled assessed tasks are also completed.

Year 9

 Year 9 follow the KS3 criteria then begin their GCSE course towards the end of the year.

Diffusion & states of matter, separation of mixtures, chromatography, atomic theory, ions, gases, water, testing for ions & gases, metals

Formal assessments are made at the end of each topic through tests.  Practical tasks which are levelled assessed tasks are also completed.

GCSE

Year 10/11 follow the International GCSE with Edexcel. The course includes these topics:

  • Structure and bonding - ionic, covalent, metallic, giant & simple
  • Rates of reaction - factors, temp, concentration, catalysts, activation energy
  • Acids, bases and salts - properties of acids and alkalis , reactions of acids, equations, some ionic equations, making salts
  • Organic Chemistry - crude oil, cracking, alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, addition and condensation polymers
  • Mole calculations - definitions, empirical formulas, % by mass, reacting masses, reacting gases, % yield, Concentration & titration calculations
  • Environmental chemistry - ozone depletion, greenhouse effect, catalytic converter

Year 11:

  • Equilibrium and industrial chemistry - equilibrium, manufacture of NH3, H2SO4
  • Energetics - exothermic and endothermic reactions, calculations of energy of reactions including combustion, displacement, dissolving & using bond energies
  • Electrochemistry/electrolysis - introduction & terms used, electrolysis of liquids and solutions, aluminium extraction, copper purification, electrolysis of NaCl (aq), calculations
  • Redox reactions - theory behind redox and electron transfer, including revision of group 7 and displacement of metals
  • Revision - in different ways including past papers, topic revision and short tests, games, quiz questions, practical tasks for ion tests and test for gases and colours

A Level

Year 12 Follow the OCR AS Course HO34. The modules of work covered are:

  •  F321 Atoms, Bonds & Groups (Atoms and Reactions; Electrons, Bonding & Structure; The Periodic Table)
  •  F322 Chains, Energy & Resources (Basic Concepts & Hydrocarbons; Alcohols, Halogenoalkanes & Analysis; Energy; Resources)
  •  F323 Practical Skills in Chemistry 1

Some interactive powerpoints are used for teaching and assessment is done with a test at the end of each topic.