At Kingsmead we aim to produce chemists of the highest calibre to become the problem solvers and decision makers of the future.
Our chemistry curriculum links the natural and the physical world together, helping students understand the wonders of the universe, and enjoy fun and informative lessons that focus on practical skills as well as knowledge.
Lessons are taught by a talented young team of specialists from a wide range of backgrounds, with experiences of chemistry ranging from the environment to biochemistry, helping us to provide our students with engaging and fun lessons that help them understand the role of Scientists in the real world.
Chemistry can demand that you think in different ways, and we build the resilience in individuals to keep going and never give up when it’s tough. Students are encouraged to be innovative and think about how they can solve problems in new and imaginative ways. Our curriculum focus’ on some of the real challenges facing the planet and how to be mindful so that we are part of the solution. Whatever a student chooses to do in their future, the chemistry team encourage students to seek success wherever possible so they will always be employable.
KEY STAGE 3
'- The particle model
- Metals, acids and bases
'- Earth and the Universe
'- Practical skills
'- The periodic table
- Chemical energy and reaction types
'- Climate and Earth
'- Practical skills
'- Atomic structure
- The periodic table
'- Chemical bonding
- Chemical bonding and properties
'- Chemical changes: Metal reactions
KEY STAGE 4
'- Chemical changes: acids and bases
- Chemical changes: electrolysis
'- Chemical Quantities
- Chemical energy
'- Reaction rates
'- Reaction rates and Equilibria
- Organic chemistry
'- Chemistry of the atmosphere
- Chemical analysis
- Using Earth's resources
KEY STAGE 5
Years 12 and 13
12- atomic structure, amounts of substance, chemical bonding, introduction to organic chemistry
13- thermodynamics, rates & equilibria, acidity and electrochemistry, isomers & carbonyl compounds
12 - Redox, Groups 2 & 7, Energetics, kinetics and equilibria, alcohols and organic analysis
13 - Amines and polymers, period 3, transition metals and aqueous reactions, synthesis and organic reactions
How does this subject develop the whole child?
Contribution to RSE/LIMB/Pledge
Chemistry at Kingsmead supports student's development and contribute to the Kingsmead pledge by providing opportunities to write at length about the chemical processes that underpin the world around them understand the importance of numeracy skills in a context outside of a maths classroom.
Cultural Capital Development
Chemistry exposes students to the scientific method and teaches them how to analyse information and how this is reported to us. We provide opportunities to see science at work in society with trips to events like the big bang fair.
Cross Curricular Links and Projects
Chemistry links strongly to skills learned in Maths and English, while we also explore the contributions of many historical scientists and their impact on society. We have a strong focus on the environment and the impact of human activity on the planet which links well to geography. While many of the skills we use in chemistry are used in the other scientific disciplines of Biology and Physics.
Opportunities to develop your Leadership Skills through this subject
Whether students are carrying out practical experiments or debating climate change, students are able to take on various roles within teams that help them work together and develop into leaders.
Links to developing extended writing, reading and numeracy
Extended writing can take many forms in Chemistry - from writing reports on how to carry out a practical investigations, to answering extended answer exam questions that assess the quality of writing as well as scientific understanding. While we practice numeracy skills that incorporate graph drawing and interpretation, as well as unstructured calculations.