A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.
Students are taught Science in Years 7 & 8 and are taught by subject specialists from year 9 onwards. In Chemistry lessons students will continue to develop the skills taught in Science lower down the school and at Stretford Grammar many students chose to study Chemistry at A level and have successfully applied for courses as diverse as medicine, dentistry and law.
Meet the team:
Miss S. Hayton Curriculum Leader for Chemistry
Mrs. C. Kelly Teacher of Chemistry
Mr. S. Marshall Teacher of Chemistry / Director of Sixth Form
Students have the opportunity to attend Science Club in Year 7 and complete projects in other years. Students compete in several national Chemistry competitions each year such as Chemquiz, The Salters’ Festival, the Chemistry Olympiad and the Young Analyst competition. Trips are arranged to the Big Bang and to lectures at local Universities.
What will be taught?
Students will learn about the scientific processes of modelling predicting and analysing and develop their understanding of the “big ideas” in chemistry studying energy changes, structure of the atom and bonding, The Periodic Table and the Earth’s resources.
Key stage 3:
• Acids and Alkalis
• The Particle Theory
• Simple Chemical Reactions
• Atoms, elements, Compounds and Mixtures
• The Rock Cycle
• The reactivity series
• Fundamental particles
• Separating mixtures
Key Stage 4 AQA GCSE
Structure and Bonding and the properties of matter.
The Periodic Table
Chemistry of the Atmosphere
Rates of reaction
Acids and salts
Key Stage 5 AQA A level
At Stretford Grammar we follow the AQA 7405 course and all examinations at the end of Year 13. worth 30% of the final A level grade and is a synoptic paper examining all the course content and skills.
In Years 7 and 8 students are taught in a mix of settings, including form groups and broad ability groups. They study six hours of Science a fortnight which covers Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Year 9 students are taught in broad ability groups for two hours of Chemistry a fortnight.
At Key Stage 4 those students following single awards in Biology, Chemistry and Physics will study for five hours a fortnight and three hours for those following Combined and Additional Science.
At A Level students will study Chemistry for nine hours a fortnight in both Year 12 and Year 13.
How can you help at home?
What should my child be reading and watching?
Popular Science programmes such as the big bang and myth busters will encourage your child to question the world around them. The DK Dorling Eye Witness guides are an excellent set of books and there are several books from this series in the school library. The library also takes copies of publications such as New Scientist, Flipside and catalyst. If your son or daughter has a particular interest such as astronomy, fossils or horses encourage them to take out books from the library so they can learn more about them.