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Figures, Rudiments, Lower Grammar

The Chemistry course in the final years at SMH and the first year at the College uses the KS3 section of the National Curriculum as a basis and is intended as a sound preparation for GCSE.

There is a strong focus on developing pupils’ skill in practical chemistry and their understanding of scientific method. For example pupils will plan different types of enquiries including recognising and controlling variables where necessary; They are taught to use a range of scientific equipment, taking repeat readings when appropriate. They evaluate their conclusions in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations. Pupils have individual “skills lists” that record their developing competency with a wide range of techniques and apparatus.

Our students are interested by and engaged in the world around them, enjoying the study of topics such as:

  • The particulate nature of matter
  • Atoms, elements and compounds
  • Pure and impure substances
  • Chemical reactions
  • Energetics
  • The Periodic Table
  • Materials
  • Earth and atmosphere