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 and each year 4 Year 10 students are selected to attend the Salters Chemistry Camp and spend 3 days at a University completing Chemical activities in the university laboratories.
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
• Development of the atmosphere
• Modern materials
Key Stage 4 AQA GCSE
• Fundamental particles
• The lime cycle
• Crude oil
• Changes on Earth
• Structure and Bonding
• Acids and Bases
• Analytical machines
• Organic Chemistry
• Analytical tests
• The Periodic Table
Key Stage 5 AQA A level
• Atomic Structure
• Simple organic chemistry
• The Mass spectrometer
• Organic Chemistry mechanisms
• Infra-red analysis
This module is a practical assessment and students complete 2 experiments under examination conditions then sit a theory paper which assesses their understanding of practical skills.
• Acid base equilibria
• More functional groups
• NMR and Infra- red analysis
• Thin layer chromatography and GLC
• Transition metals
• Aqueous Chemistry
• Redox reactions
In Year 7 pupils are taught in their form groups; in years 8 and 9 they are taught in 5 sets. Years 7 and 8 have 6 Science lessons per fortnight and in Year 9 they receive 2 Chemistry lessons per fortnight and 2 lessons in each of biology and physics. At key stage 4 students who have chosen to take a Chemistry GCSE receive 5 lessons per fortnight and those students studying for the Science Core and Additional qualifications receive 3 lessons of Chemistry per fortnight. In sixth form students receive 9 lessons of Chemistry per fortnight in both Year 12 and Year 13. AT key stage 4 and 5 the classes are determined by the students other option choices and are mixed ability groups.
How can you help at home?
• Encourage your son or daughter to show you their exercise book and talk to you about what they have been learning.
• Provide a quiet place for homework and help your son or daughter to use his or her planner to check they complete homework on time.
• Helping out in the kitchen will help students to develop practical skills and so will washing up the old fashioned way without a dishwasher.
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.
If your son or daughter is a GCSE student or A level student then they have access to kerboodle with on line learning resources.