Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Chemistry Department

Chemistry General Aims

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Three

At KS3 each pupil has one lesson per week, increasing to 2 at KS4.

AQA Core Science GCSE is started in year 9, followed by the Additional Science in year 10 and 11. There is also opportunity for pupils to obtain a Separate GCSE in Chemistry as part of the Triple Science programme.

Year 7 Scheme of Work

Following a general introduction to chemistry, students will study mixing, dissolving and separating, and become familiar with the use of key words and carrying out experiments. They will then focus on elements, compounds and reactions. Assessments include tasks, worksheets and end of topic tests

Year 8 Scheme of Work

Assessments follow the same format as in Year 7. Students study topics covering physical and chemical changes, including reactions of acids and alkalis.

The Year 8 Science and Engineering Club has been running since 2007, and proves very popular every year. It is run twice a week for an hour after school, allowing two groups of twenty girls to attend. Activities enjoyed include making bath bombs and other beauty products, hot air balloons, solar-powered buggies, wind turbines, periscopes, paper and zeotropes. Students also dissect owl pellets and use their soldering skills to make speakers for their phones or MP3 players.

Key Stage Four - GCSE Chemistry

GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy - AQA Code: 8464 - Specifications

Course Content - What Will I Study

  • This course leads to two GCSE's.
  • Subject Content is organised into a component called ‘How Science Works’ and is comprised of two Biology Sections, two Chemistry sections and two Physics sections.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

  • There are six written examination papers, two in each of the three sciences.
  • There are at least two controlled assessment units.
  • Each controlled assessment unit comprises an Investigative Skills Assignment (ISA) involving planning, practical work and a written assessment test.
  • School tests and examinations will be set throughout the two year course to monitor progress. Each girl will be prepared for the level of examinations most suited to her individual aptitude.

GCSE Chemistry - AQA Code: 8462 - Specifications

Course Content - What Will I Study

Subject content is organised into sections which include ‘Atomic Structure’ and topics such as ‘Chemical Changes’, ‘Quantitative Chemistry’, ‘Rates of Reactions’ and ‘Organic Chemistry’.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

School tests and examinations will be set throughout the GCSE course to monitor progress. Each girl will be prepared for the level of examination most suited to her individual aptitude at the end of Year 11.

The above course content currently applies to Years 10 and 11.

Year 9 in 2016 are starting the new specifications, but these are still in draft form: (For GCSE EXAMS IN 2018 ONWARDS)

Progression - How will the study of Chemistry benefit students’ future education and career?

  • GCSE Science courses aim to provide students with the skills to become scientifically literate young people and to understand ‘how science works’.
  • Training in analysis, understanding, evaluation, application of knowledge and data handling provide foundations for many AS/A Level subjects as well as sciences.
  • Increasingly a minimum grade C in sciences is required for a variety of courses and training, not necessarily those related to pure sciences, at university, in further education or in the workplace.