KS4 Chemistry

In KS4 we follow the AQA GCSE specifications. Pupils can follow either the combined science course or separate sciences. The new specification began teaching from September 2016 for first examination in Summer 2018 and will be followed by the year 9 and 10 students. The Year 11 pupils will be following the outgoing specifications.

The new GCSE specification does not have a coursework unit. The final grade comes entirely from 2 exams at the end of year 11. The practical aspect of the course comes from the required practical activities set by the exam board that form part of the content. Questions relating to these practical tasks will make up at least 15% of the marks in the final examinations.

Year 9

From September 2016, all pupils will begin their GCSE studies in science. In all disciplines, this will entail introducing the key concepts and knowledge that will be revisited and built upon as they progress through years 10 and 11.

In year 9 pupils will begin the chemistry GCSE, learning about the fundamental ideas of atoms and how substances bond to produce new materials. They will learn how the periodic table was developed and how its structured organisation allows chemists to make sense of the physical and chemical properties of the elements.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Atoms, elements and compounds, mixtures, the development of the model atom, relative electrical charges of subatomic particles, size and mass of atoms, relative atomic mass, electronic structure and the history and development of the periodic table, Metals and non metals, the behaviour of metals and alloys and their structure and bonding, formation of ions and the reactivity of Group 1, group 7 or group 0 based on this. Covalent bonding and the properties of simple molecules, large molecules and giant covalent compounds.

 Homework

A variety of tasks are set as homework in chemistry from research, exam questions, key word definitions, revision, extended writing, and topic worksheets amongst others.

Other Useful Information

GCSE specification link:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

GCSE Past papers link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

5 ways to help my son/ daughter

  • Ensure that they complete their homework
  • Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising
  • Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible

Year 10 – AQA GCSE Chemistry

All pupils will continue to study the same topics in year 10, however the depth of knowledge will vary depending on if they have chosen to study it as the separate GCSE course or as part of the combined science GCSE.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Bonding structure and the properties of matter

Quantitative chemistry

 

Chemical changes

Energy changes

The rate and extent of chemical change

Organic chemistry – carbon compounds as fuel and feedstock.

Homework

A variety of tasks are set as homework in chemistry from research, exam questions, key word definitions, revision, extended writing, and topic worksheets amongst others.

Other Useful Information

GCSE specification link:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-8462

GCSE Past papers link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

5 ways to help my son/ daughter

  • Ensure that they complete their homework
  • Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising
  • Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible

Year 11 – AQA GCSE Chemistry

Year 11 pupils are following the out-going chemistry GCSE. They will complete unit 2 in the first term of year 11, along with their 2nd piece of coursework. Pupils will have completed one piece of coursework at the end of year 10. From the two pieces they complete it will be the highest mark that is submitted to the exam board.

In year 11 they will also complete the third unit of the GCSE.

In Summer they will sit three 1 hour exam papers covering units C1, C2 and C3 each worth 25% of the marks for the GCSE with the coursework making up the final 25% of marks.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Electrolysis

Energy changes

Controlled assessment

Trends in the periodic table

Hard and Soft Water

Further Quantitative Chemistry

The production of ammonia.

Alcohols, Esters and Carboxylic acids

Revision

Homework

A variety of tasks are set as homework in chemistry from research, exam questions, key word definitions, revision, extended writing, and topic worksheets amongst others.

Other Useful Information

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/chemistry-4402

GCSE Past papers link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/exams-administration/exams-guidance/find-past-papers-and-mark-schemes

5 ways to help my son/ daughter:

  • Ensure that they complete their homework
  • Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification
  • Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising
  • Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible