The aims of the chemistry department are to foster inquisitiveness and develop thinking skills through an active and inclusive program of study across all years. Practical skills are continually developed and remain a core area of lessons on a daily basis. Pupils are encouraged to utilise all their skills across all three of the science disciplines.
Years 7 - 8
Chemistry is taught alongside biology and physics as separate sciences in Years 7 & 8. The emphasis is to focus upon investigative and analytical skills as well as the more familiar areas of subject content. Many of the tasks in curriculum within Years 7 & 8 involve problem solving activities to enhance and develop thinking skills.
GCSE (Years 9 – 11)
The department follows the Edexcel iGCSE course from Year 9 to Year 11. Full details of the course content can be found here: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-international-gcses-and-edexcel-certificates/international-gcse-chemistry-2011.html
All pupils are taught Chemistry as a single subject initially. However, there is the opportunity for a General Science Double Award entry across all three sciences if relevant. There is no controlled assessment at iGCSE. Practical skills are taught within lessons and examined within the terminal written papers. Chemistry Paper 1 is a 2 hour written paper and Chemistry Paper 2 is a 1 hour written paper.
Pupils display exemplary scientific knowledge and interest.
ISI Inspection Report 2016.