Teachers: Mr J Cole, Mrs R Karwa


Crystallising confidence in chemistry and coaching independent learning.


Key Stage 3

Pupils follow our own specialized scheme of work, designed to build confidence in fundamental ideas in Chemistry and practical skills. The following topics are covered: Year 7 ­ Safety in the Laboratory, Particle Theory, Chemical Reactions, Elements and Compounds, Acids and Alkalis. Year 8 ­ Rock Cycle and Periodic Table (Covering Metals and Non-Metals, Group I, Group 2, Reactions of Metals) Year 9 start GCSE Chemistry.

Key Stage 4

AQA Chemistry 4402 provides a balanced curriculum, which will ensure that students achieve the appropriate knowledge and skills for progression to Advanced Level Science subjects.

· Chemistry 1 (C1): Fundamental ideas in Chemistry; useful materials from rocks; crude oil, plant oils and changes in the earth and its atmosphere

· Chemistry 2 (C2): Bonding in reactions; mass, moles and yield; controlling rates of reactions and energy transfer and using ions in solutions

· Chemistry 3 (C3) : Periodic table; water; energy in chemical reactions; analysing substances and making important chemicals.

There are 3 examinations; C1, C2 and C3 in the summer of Year 11. Each is 25% of the GCSE. The remaining 25% is a controlled assessment that can be sat in Year 10 or Year 11.

Key Stage 5

AQA Chemistry 2420. The AQA Specification has been tailored to follow on from Chemistry at GCSE, and will develop a candidate¹s knowledge and understanding to provide a pathway to further study. At Ribston Hall High School our ethos is one of inclusion and encouragement, pupils require a B grade at GCSE Chemistry and a positive attitude to learning. We rigorously coach our students in the independent skills necessary to be successful not only in Chemistry but across all their studies and on into Undergraduate study at university.

Year 12 Chemistry:

· Unit 1. Foundation Chemistry: atomic structure, chemical quantities, bonding, periodicity and alkanes.

· Unit 2. Chemistry in Action: energetics, kinetics, equilibria, redox reactions, halogens, alkaline earth metals, extraction of metals, haloalkanes, alkenes, alcohols and analytical techniques.

· Unit 3. Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in AS Chemistry

Year 13 Chemistry:

· Unit 4. Kinetics, Equilibria and Organic Chemistry: kinetics, equilibria, acids and bases, structure determination, organic chemistry including nomenclature, isomerism, carbonyl compounds, aromatic chemistry, amines, amino acids, polymers,

· Unit 5. Energetics, Redox and Inorganic Chemistry: thermodynamics, periodicity, redox equilibria, transition metals and inorganic chemistry

· Unit 6. Internal Assessment Investigative and practical skills in A2 Chemistry

Unit 1 and 2 are examined in the summer of Year 12. Unit 1 accounts for 162/3% and Unit 2 for 231/3% of the A Level qualification. Unit 3 accounts for 10%.
Unit 4 and 5 are examined in the summer of Year 13. Unit 4 accounts for 20% and Unit 5 for 20% of the A Level qualification. Unit 6 accounts for 10%.

Extra Curricular

We developed the lunchtime help clinics for all pupils who take chemistry and it proves to be very popular amongst students in all Key Stages. Lunchtime help clinics are available to all pupils who require support, in the clinic pupils will find staff and Year 13 pupils willing to help with homework or revision.

Our close links to Bristol University Chemistry fellow Tim Harrison provide us with opportunities for pupils to explore Chemistry in new and exciting ways. In Year 7 and 8 pupils can attend the Chemistry Presentation and Demonstrations visit in October.

A very popular event whereby Tim Harrison puts on a show for the girls of exciting Chemistry demonstrations. He also leads an afterschool lecture, open to all pupils, on an interesting development in Chemistry research.
We also take pupils to the Chemistry department at Bristol University ŒChemLabs¹ to use equipment and perform experiments that they would not have access to in a normal school environment. We currently run a trip for prospective A Level pupils in Year 11 after their exams to give them a taste of A Level study. We also run trips for Year 12 and 13 pupils to ŒChemLabs¹.

An afterschool synthesis program is available to Year 11 and Year 12 pupils interested in Medicinal, Pharmaceutical and Veterinary courses at University. This runs in conjunction with the Biology department who have a dissection program on alternative weeks.

Afterschool revision sessions are also available in Chemistry for GCSE and A Level candidates as and when required. These can serve as a reassuring support for pupils who are feeling overwhelmed by the approaching examination season.