SCHOOL PRODUCTION

Great Expectations Part One - Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December 2017.  Start time 7.00pm.

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"Join us for the first half of an epic journey through the greatest story ever told. The tale of Pip, Charles Dickens' mighty "Great Expectations" will straddle the two ends of this academic year. Part One of this two-part adaptation will be performed next week on Thursday 30 November and Friday 1 December in the Main Hall at 7pm. (Please note the earlier than usual start time). Part Two will form our Trinity Term drama production in July 2018. Lose yourself in the interlocking destinies of some of the most celebrated characters in English Literature, brought to life by a huge and eclectic cast drawn from students in every year group in the school and with a record number of teaching staff mining their thespian talent! This promises to be a very special evening of live theatre."

Chemistry

Aims

• To provide a worthwhile educational experience for all pupils at all levels.
• To stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment of Chemistry and to equip all students for further studies requiring a scientific background.
• Develop safe experimental and investigative abilities.
• Encourage effective communication and social skills in working with others.
• To acquire a systematic body of Chemical knowledge, including the uses and limitations of Chemistry.
• Develop an understanding of technological, economic, environmental, social and ethical applications / implications of chemical processes as well prepared citizens in a scientific and technological world.

Objectives

Students should be able to:
• Make use of existing scientific knowledge and ideas where appropriate (e.g. on transferring from junior school).
• Understand, recall and apply the knowledge set out in the syllabus for each year group and be well prepared to meet the demands of external examination boards.
• Communicate chemical observations, ideas and arguments, using a range of scientific terms and vocabulary, both orally and in writing.
• Solve qualitative and quantitative problems where appropriate.
• Demonstrate a range of practical skills including:
• following a detailed set of instructions
• selection and use of chemical apparatus with confidence
• devising fair tests when working with several variables
• observation, recording and manipulation of results
• concluding and evaluating including suggesting improvements.
• Develop a degree of responsibility for their own learning.
• Be aware of Health and Safety implications for themselves and others.
• Have the opportunity for the use of I.C.T. as a source of information and as a tool in the collection and processing of results.

 

Curriculum

Key Stage 5

AS Chemistry and A-level Chemistry are now de-coupled. That means they are stand-alone qualifications from September 2015 teaching. The first new AS examinations were in June 2016 and the new (full) A-level examinations are in June 2017.

None of the marks obtained for the AS qualification are carried forward for the A-level qualification. This means that the new A-level will examine the full course after two years of learning.

 

Year 12 Content

 

Physical Chemistry

Atomic structure

Calculations

Bonding

Energetics

Kinetics

Equilibria

Redox

Inorganic

The Periodic Table

Group 2

Group 7

Organic

Oil & Alkanes

Alkenes

Alcohols

Haloalkanes

Organic analysis

Year 13 Content 

Physical Chemistry

Thermodynamics

Rate equations

Equilibrium constants

Electrochemistry

Acids & bases

Inorganic

Period 3 elements

Transition metals

Reactions of inorganic ions

Organic

Isomerism

Carboxylic acids

Aromatic Chemistry

Amines

Polymers

Amino acids

Synthesis

Spectroscopy & Chromatography

 

Practical Skills

These are assessed by the teacher during lessons. If a student passes it will be reported on the certificate. Otherwise not. Practical questions also appear on the written examinations. We do lots of practical work.

 

Facilities & Resources 

a) Text Books

 
YEAR BOOK AUTHOR PUBLISHER
 
A level

AQA Chemistry A-Level Year 1 and AS

On-line Kerboodle access

AQA Chemistry A-Level

Calculations for A level (optional)

Chemical data book

AQA Modular Study Guides

Lister & Renshaw

Oxford University Press

 


A selection of text books are also available for the pupils in the school library.
A selection of reference books are available for staff in the H.O.D room.


b) Rooms

C3 is a small laboratory and is mainly used for 6th form groups or small groups in other years
Laboratories C1, C4 and C5 are larger and can be used with any year group.
C1 was refurbished in 1999 and the refurbishment of C4 was completed in 2004.
C6 is used by students for Directed Learning sessions and for after school revision.
The Chemistry Lecture Theatre, C2, has a demonstration bench and was refurbished in 2008.
A general ICT suite (ICT 1), is also available (but this is a whole school resource and requires booking in advance).
2 preparation rooms (one for Years 10/11 & A-level and one for years 7 - 9).
1 staff room, 1 H.O.D. room.
1 flammable liquids store
1 equipment storage area.

Trips & Visits

• MMU Synthesis and Spectrocsopy Day (Year 13)

• A-level Science Live (Year 12 & 13)

• Analyst Competition (Year 12)

 

Extra Curricular

• Year 12 Revision (Mondays after school in C6)
• Year 13 Revision (Mondays after school in C4)
• Year 12/13 Drop in Clinic (Tuesday lunchtime in C6)
• Chemistry Olympiad