Pupils study chemistry topics in Year 7 as part of an integrated science programme. In Year 8 they study Chemistry as a separate subject prior to embarking on the iGCSE course of study in Year 9. At iGCSE, the Edexcel Specification is followed.
Chemistry is a practical subject, and pupils regularly carry out experiments to both support and enhance their learning experience. The students are encouraged to think deeply and to extend their knowledge whenever possible through wider reading and interests.
Topics covered in Removes (Year 9) are:
• States of Matter
• The Reactivity Series
• Metals and their uses
• The Atmosphere
• Atomic structure
• Tests for ions and gases
In Lower V (Year 10), pupils build upon these foundations and widen their knowledge base by studying topics which include:
• Bonding and Structure
• Organic chemistry
• Rates of Reaction
• Chemical Quantities
• The periodic Table and Acids
• Alkalis and Salts.
Some of the topics covered in Upper V (Year 11) are:
• Industrial Chemistry
Away from the classroom, selected Year 8 pupils may attend a Salters festival of Chemistry. In order to fortify their knowledge at a key period of their education, pupils in Years 9 to 11 have the opportunity to compete in the Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench competition each year. Selected year 10 pupils are nominated to attend a Salters Chemistry Camp at a variety of locations around the country.
A level Chemistry is a popular choice at Chigwell. Pupils study topics in physical, inorganic and organic chemistry, and once again practical work forms a central and important part of the course. Pupils are given the opportunity to explore aspects of chemistry in addition to gaining experience in the safe handling of chemicals and apparatus.
There are many opportunities for pupils to develop a real interest in the subject beyond the specification requirements, and we strongly promote independent learning. Pupils are encouraged to take part in competitions and activities such as the Chemistry Olympiad and the Schools’ Analyst Competition, and to attend lectures and workshops outside of school. Students are also encouraged to join ChemNet, the student arm of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Tracey Martin, Head of Chemistry