Chemistry

In Chemistry, our theories are crutches; to show that they are valid, they must be used to walk… A theory established with the help of twenty facts, must explain thirty, and lead to the discovery of ten more. – Jean-Baptiste-André Dumas

Mrs. Sharon Howard

Head of Chemistry

Mr. Sam Ling

Mrs. Rachael Barrett

Mrs. Babs Pearce

Technician

Mrs. Sharon Howard

Head of Chemistry

Mr. Sam Ling

Mrs. Rachael Barrett

Mrs. Babs Pearce

Technician

Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions with other matter and energy. We humans are all chemists. We use chemistry every day when we cook, clean, take medicine, drive our cars and even eat; our body is a powerhouse of complex chemical reactions.

At FUS we aim to provide a broad and balanced chemistry curriculum, whilst inspiring and engaging our students with a variety of teaching methods and practical lessons.

Curriculum

Year 9

Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table:

Building upon their Key Stage 3 learning about the atom, students develop a deeper understanding of how the science of chemistry is expressed through words and symbols. The importance of the development of the Periodic Table and the patterns in the reactions of groups of elements is studied through practical experiments.

Analysis:

We move onto learning about how atoms and ions help us analyse the world around us using the observations of chemical reactions to test substances.

The Earth and its Resources:

Students develop their understanding of how everything we make and use is formed from elements from the Earth. We look at the Earth’s atmosphere and the effects of climate change, how recycling can help save our valuable resources and how materials such as glass and carbon fibre composites are made.

Year 10

In this year we build upon previous learning to understand more complex chemistry concepts.

Structure and bonding in materials:

Students will study the physical chemistry elements and compounds and how these affect their properties.

Electrolysis and exothermic reactions:

Students will be able to use equipment to split up chemical compounds using electricity and make observations of chemical reactions that both give out and absorb heat energy.

Rates of chemical reactions:

Students will then study how different reactions can be fast or slow and how to influence a chemical reaction to make it faster, and the particle theory behind this. This knowledge is applied to industrial processes to see how yields of products can be maximised.

All through the year, students will continuously build up their knowledge bank of chemical formulae and the essential maths skills needed in chemistry to perform the calculations needed for experiments.

 

Year 11

Organic Chemistry:

This specialised branch of chemistry deals with carbon based compounds. Students will learn about the petrochemical industry and how petrols and oils are produced for our use. They will go on to acquire extensive knowledge of more compounds such as alcohols and organic acids.

The focus on the last part of year 11 will be on preparation for the exam season. Drop in sessions to chemistry available to all year 11 from the beginning of the year, with more intensive sessions offered to targeted students nearer the exam time.