Chemistry

"Chlorine is a deadly poison gas employed on European battlefields in World War I. Sodium is a corrosive metal which burns upon contact with water. Together they make a placid and unpoisonous material, table salt. Why each of these substances has the properties it does is a subject called chemistry."

Carl Sagan, in his essay, ‘Can We Know the Universe?’

Ethos

At New Hall, we believe that Chemistry is fundamentally both a practical and a theoretical discipline. We aim, therefore, to undertake a great deal of experimental work alongside the theoretical investigation of the atomic world. We have designed our curriculum to allow students to understand the world around them and to provide a rigorous grounding in our unique academic discipline. Chemistry is taught as a separate subject from the very beginning of Year 7, which allows students to receive specialist teaching and to appreciate the unique focus and conventions of each science in turn.

Chemistry at a Glance

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Years 7 and 8, students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of elements compounds, and mixtures. They develop an understanding of reactivity, periodic trends and materials science. They study a range of reactions and develop practical skills, making observations, drawing conclusions and analysing data.

GCSE AQA Chemistry (8462)/Combined Science: Trilogy (8464)

Students all begin by studying GCSE Chemistry in Year 9 are guided towards studying Chemistry as a separate science (previously known as Triple Science) or Combined Science (previously known as Double Science) based on their attainment towards the end of Year 10. Both students sit two Chemistry papers, but those studying GCSE Chemistry go into each topic in greater depth and sit longer exams than students studying Combined Sciences.

OCR A Level Chemistry (H432)

Co-Curricular Opportunities and Trips

We enter students into a range of competitions and trips, including the Salters’ festival of chemistry in Year 8 and 9 and GCSE Science Live in Year 10.

All Sixth Form students are invited to UCL to take part in spectroscopy workshops and have also attended the A level Chemistry Live lectures. Some Sixth Form students choose to enter the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Olympiad and the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge, with a number of students achieving Silver and Bronze in each cohort. Preparation for these competitions takes place in after school sessions.

Each year the Chemistry department prepares a lecture for British Science week on a topic beyond the curriculum and Year 7 to 9 students complete an enrichment activity which goes beyond the scope of curriculum in their Chemistry lessons.

To see more from the Chemistry department, follow us on Twitter @NewHallScience

Head of Chemistry: Mr P Clark p.clark@newhallschool.co.uk