S3 CfE Chemistry
Each learner who chooses Chemistry will attend Chemistry for 2 periods a week. The course can be fluid but will be aimed at parts of the first two Units of the N3/N4/N5 courses, called Chemical Changes & Structure and Nature's Chemistry.
Our Aim is two-fold: to provide Learners with the opportunity to sample Chemistry to see if it is a subject that interests them, and to measure their aptitude so that, together, we can make informed decisions about the most appropriate route for Progression.
It is unlikely that we will have time to cover everything so we will select parts from the following:
- Rates of Reaction
- Indicators of chemical reactions
- Elements, compounds and mixtures
- Chemical formulae & simple Chemical equations
- Fossil Fuels
In addition, learners will be expected to become familiar with the following techniques:
- use of a balance
- methods for the testing of gases
- safe methods of heating
- methods for following rates of reactions
Learners should also be able to process experimental results by:
- drawing diagrams of apparatus
- using tables to present data
- calculation of averages for experimental results
- drawing graphs
- calculating reaction rates
Learners should also develop their Investigative Skills in Chemistry, in particular, how to Evaluate their Experimental Procedures by learning the Chemistry RAP:
- Repeating for Reliability
- using most Appropriate Apparatus for Accuracy
- taking Personal responsibility for the Precision of their work
A variety of approaches are used as appropriate. Learners are issued with printed Notes which will summarise the Knowledge and some of the Skills and provide them with materials to help them revise for assessments.
For up-to-date copies of all booklets please visit the dedicated page on this website.
When possible, Homework is now done on-line through a Virtual Learning Platform provided by Young Digital Planet, Poland. Each homework relates directly to work being done in class and comprises of videos and animations, designed to reinforce and extend the classroom lesson, followed by a variety of interactive assessments designed to test understanding.
We expect learners to make efforts to overcome any technical issues and school computers are available.
Homework is accessed at this website.
Written homework will also be given - particularly practice questions in the build up to assessments.
The most important Homework a learner can do is to regularly spend some time reading over notes to help consolidate the work done in class. In particular, the Learning Outcomes, that are included in each booklet of Notes, provide the learner with the means to check their Understanding. Lunchtime Help Sessions are available for any Learner who then feels they need more explanation.
Assessment is important and one use of assessment is to help identify which courses would be the most suitable for individual learners to progress to the following year. We, therefore, have both Class Tests and a formal S3 Exam and we would expect learners intending to progress to N5 to meet a minimum standard and, ideally, exceed this level so they can progress with confidence.
Professional judgement will also be used where we will also take into consideration the level of interest, application and involvement in lessons as well as attitude to homework and study.