Chemistry

Chemistry

We are committed to providing an exciting education that develops pupils’ curiosity by putting practical learning first.

Course Description.

The University of Birmingham School Chemistry department comprises teachers who are true chemists and also have a passion for teaching. We are committed to providing an exciting education that develops pupils’ curiosity by putting practical learning first. At each level we look to stimulate interest in chemistry by giving an insight into the relevance of chemistry to everyday life. In each topic we aim to include teaching beyond the national curriculum, preparing pupils and students for further study in Chemistry. The department’s close links with the University of Birmingham School of Chemistry and School of Education enable sixth formers to gain an insight into studying chemistry at university through evening lectures, visiting academics and help in lessons with undergraduate students.

In Year 7, we focus on the fundamentals of experimental technique in Year 7, including correct use of apparatus, making scientific observations and separation techniques. There are opportunities to extend pupils’ knowledge beyond the curriculum during an in-depth exploration of the features of the periodic table.

In Year 8, pupils learn about important reactions between acids & bases and the reactions of metals. Pupils gain familiarity with writing word and balanced symbol equations, which are important skills for the next stage of study. An introduction to the formulae of ionic and simple covalent compounds gives pupils an insight into GCSE study.

In Year 9, pupils begin following the GCSE chemistry specification by learning about the structure of atoms and their electron configuration. These leads naturally into learning about the structure and bonding of molecules and compounds. The year is concluded with an extended exploration of different chemical tests.

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