Teachers: Mr J Cole, Mrs R Karwa
Developing young Chemistry students with the ambition to reach their potential.
AQA Chemistry 4402
GCSE study in chemistry provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students will be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of Chemistry. They will be helped to appreciate how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas relating to Chemistry which are both inter-linked, and are of universal application.
These key ideas include:
•• the use of conceptual models and theories to make sense of the observed diversity of natural phenomena.
•• the assumption that every effect has one or more cause.
•• that change is driven by differences between different objects and systems when they interact.
•• that many such interactions occur over a distance without direct contact.
•• that Chemistry progresses through a cycle of hypothesis, practical experimentation, observation, theory development and review.
•• that quantitative analysis is a central element both of many theories and of scientific methods of inquiry.
There are 2 examinations in the summer of Year 11. Each is 50% of the GCSE.
OCR Chemistry H432. The OCR Specification has been tailored to follow on from Chemistry at GCSE, and will develop a candidate¹s knowledge and understanding to provide a pathway to further study. At Ribston Hall High School our ethos is one of inclusion and encouragement, pupils require a grade 6 in GCSE Chemistry and Maths and a positive attitude to learning. We rigorously coach our students in the independent skills necessary to be successful not only in Chemistry but across all their studies and on into undergraduate study at university.
We developed the lunchtime help clinics for all pupils who take chemistry and it proves to be very popular amongst students in all Key Stages. Lunchtime help clinics are available to all pupils who require support, in the clinic pupils will find staff and Year 13 pupils willing to help with homework or revision.
Our close links to Bristol University Chemistry fellow Tim Harrison provide us with opportunities for pupils to explore Chemistry in new and exciting ways.
We take pupils to the Chemistry department at Bristol University ŒChemLabs¹ to use equipment and perform experiments that they would not have access to in a normal school environment. We currently run a trip for prospective A Level pupils in Year 11 after their exams to give them a taste of A Level study.