Chemistry at Sir Thomas Rich's
Other subjects ask questions but Chemistry provides the solutions!
Chemistry is concerned with the properties and reactions of the substances which compose matter and particularly the use of reactions to create new substances.
- Re-cap of States of Matter
- Combustion of fuels
- The Periodic Table
- Acids and bases
- Earth Sciences
- Rocks and rock cycle
- Separation of mixtures
- Atomic structure
- Analysis and gases
- The Reactivity Series
- The Earth's resources
- Chemistry of the atmosphere
In Year 8 we follow the KS3 criteria from the National Curriculum and in Year 9 we start the GCSE course.
- Revision of key concepts in Year 9, including atomic structure and writing formulae.
- Periodic Table, Group 1, Group 7, Group 0 and Transition Metals.
- Structure and Bonding including nano-particles
- Acid, Bases and Salts
- Rates of Reaction
- Organic Chemistry
- Analytical Chemistry – ions and gas tests.
- Quantitative Chemistry
- Extraction of metals and Redox
- Chemical cells and fuel cells
- Reversible reactions and dynamic equilibrium
- Analytical Chemistry
A GCSE grade 7 is required if you are considering taking A-level Chemistry at STRS.
- Module 1:Development of practical skills
- Module 2:Foundations in chemistry
- Atoms, compounds, molecules and equations
- Amount of substance
- Acid-base and redox reactions
- Electrons, bonding and structure
- Module 3: Periodic table and energy
- Periodic table and periodicity
- Group 2 and Halogens
- Qualitative analysis
- Enthalpy changes
- Reaction rates and equilibrium (qualitative)
- Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry
- Basic concepts; hydrocarbons
- Alcohols and haloalkanes
- Organic synthesis
- Analytical techniques (IR and MS)
- Module 5: Physical Chemistry and transition elements
- Reaction rates and equilibrium (quantitative)
- pH and buffers
- Enthalpy, entropy and free energy
- Redox and electrode potentials
- Transition elements
- Module 6: Organic Chemistry and analysis
- Aromatic compounds
- Carbonyl compounds
- Carboxylic acids and derivatives
- Nitrogen compounds (amines, amino acids and amides)
- Organic synthesis
- Chromatography and NMR
We run Chemistry club every Thursday lunchtime for Year 12 and 13 students to get extra help via peer-mentoring or asking the teacher.
As well as formal assessment we provide the opportunity for stretch and challenge by taking the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge in Year 12 and the RSC Chemistry Olympiad in Year 13. These papers are designed to test the most able pupils and provide an opportunity to develop and showcase the skills required for studying Chemistry at University.
- Research and Development
- analytical careers
- Medical careers
We run a trip to the University of Bristol for Organic Chemistry in Year 12/13.
We also participate in two theory and lab based competitions run by the Royal Society of Chemistry: Top of the Bench (with 2 Year 9s, 1 Year 10 and 1 Year 11) and RSC Analytical Chemistry Competition for 4 Year 12s.