Chemistry

Staff

Mrs M Haddow
Mr K Thornley
Miss M Brown

S3 Chemistry

This course provides a link between Science in S1 and S2 and the National Qualifications in S4. Pupils will continue to be exposed to a wide variety of learning experiences and explore the Experiences and Outcomes of a Broad General Education. The units they will study are:-

  • From the Earth
  • Fertilisers
  • Fuels
  • Rates of Reaction
  • Atomic Bonding

Opportunities exist for pupils to further develop transferable skills such as creating a presentation, summarising information (literacy), using data to understand the Science behind something (numeracy), developing an awareness of the impact of Chemistry on society and themselves (health and wellbeing) . Through their experiences, pupil will build their knowledge and understanding of key Chemistry concepts and also develop scientific skills in areas such as practical techniques, thinking skills and problem solving.

Each unit has a range of homework activities and pupils are expected to complete these. They will be assessed regularly using both summative (end of unit) and formative (on-going, within learning experiences) techniques.

Relevant information for pupils and parents will be posted and updated on this website.

National 3, 4 and 5 Chemistry Courses

S4 provides the opportunity to gain an award at National 3, National 4 or National 5 Chemistry.

We use a range of teaching strategies to make the link between chemistry and everyday life in an aim to bring the real world into the classroom. Our teachers implement an array of activities, including practical work, research challenges, debates, making short-films and using media clips to make learning Chemistry as stimulating as possible.

To support learning we provide learning outcomes and notes along with homework and formative assessment materials. By using these we can track student progress and encourage regular self-assessment, providing regular feedback to parents.

The chemistry courses all consist of 3 units:
  • Nature’s Chemistry.
  • Chemistry in Society.
  • Chemical Changes and Structure.

Although the unit titles are the same for National 3, 4 and 5 Chemistry the content and the complexity of the topics differs.

Please study the learning outcomes for each unit (which are on this website) to gain an understanding of the course content at each level.

Each course gives a balanced insight into the various aspects of Chemistry and as well as developing subject specific knowledge it gives pupils a chance to develop their skills in Science and more generally.

As with all Chemistry courses, homework is given regularly and this may be a formal written exercise or a research type task. These exercises will help develop knowledge and skills and prepare pupils for the examination (in National 5).

Assessment

Assessment will be conducted regularly, through checktests and end of unit assessments. Some differences do exist, however, between assessments at National 3-5.

At National 3 and 4, all assessments will be conducted internally (by the school). Unit assessments must be passed to show understanding of the key areas. In National 5, end of unit assessments have to be passed to allow students to sit the SQA external exam and gain an overall course award.

Parents should be aware that in National 4 and National 5 larger assessments need to be successfully completed for pupils to pass the course. In National 4 this is an Added Value Unit (AVU) and in National 5 it is an Assignment.

The AVU comprises a research task which requires pupils to present/communicate their findings. They will need to keep a journal as they complete parts of this assessment. This will be marked in the school.

The Assignment at National 5 counts towards 20% of the pupils’ final mark for the course. This is therefore a very important assessment. Guidance and advice will be given, but pupils are expected to engage with the work and keep up with any deadlines issued in order to ensure success. The finished piece of work will be sent away to the SQA to be marked.

Although National 4 Chemistry does not have a final exam it is nonetheless a useful course to study. Not only does it allow pupils to gain a broad understanding of Chemistry, it develops an array of transferable Scientific skills giving pupils a bank of ‘tools’ for use in later life. Should pupils pass National 4 Chemistry they could consider studying National 5 Chemistry in the senior phase.

Dependent on the pass they receive in National 5 Chemistry pupils will be eligible to study Higher Chemistry in S5 or S6.

Higher Chemistry Course

We use a range of teaching strategies to make the link between chemistry and everyday life in an aim to bring the real world into the classroom. Our teachers implement an array of activities, including practical work, research challenges, debates, making short-films and using media clips to make learning Chemistry as stimulating as possible.

To support learning we provide learning outcomes and notes along with homework and formative assessment materials. By using these we can track student progress and encourage regular self-assessment, providing regular feedback to parents.
The course consists of 3 units:

  • Nature’s Chemistry
  • Chemistry in Society
  • Chemical Changes and Structure

The course gives a balanced insight into the various aspects of Chemistry and as well as developing subject specific knowledge it gives pupils a chance to develop their skills in Science and more generally.

As with all Chemistry courses, homework is given regularly and this may be a formal written exercise or a research type task. These exercises will help develop knowledge and skills and prepare pupils for the examination.

Assessment

Assessment will be conducted regularly, through checktests and end of unit assessments. The end of unit assessments must be passed to allow students to sit the SQA external exam and gain an overall course award. An assessed practical and write up (LO1) is also required to be completed.

Parents should be aware that as part of the course an Assignment has to be completed and submitted to the SQA for external marking. This counts towards the final grade achieved. Guidance and advice will be given, but pupils are expected to engage with the work and keep up with any deadlines issued in order to ensure success.

Dependent on the pass they receive in Higher Chemistry pupils will be eligible to study Advanced Higher Chemistry in S6.

Advanced Higher Chemistry Course

We use a range of teaching strategies to make the link between chemistry and everyday life in an aim to bring the real world into the classroom. Our teachers implement an array of activities, including practical work, research challenges, debates, making short-films and using media clips to make learning Chemistry as stimulating as possible.

To support learning we provide learning outcomes and notes along with homework and formative assessment materials. By using these we can track student progress and encourage regular self-assessment, providing regular feedback to parents.
The course consists of 3 units:

  • Researching Chemistry
  • Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
  • Organic and Instrumental Analysis

The course gives a balanced insight into the various aspects of Chemistry and as well as developing subject specific knowledge it gives pupils a chance to develop their skills in Science and more generally.

As with all Chemistry courses, homework is given regularly and this may be a formal written exercise or a research type task. These exercises will help develop knowledge and skills and prepare pupils for the examination.

Assessment

Assessment will be conducted regularly, through checktests and end of unit assessments. The end of unit assessments must be passed to allow students to sit the SQA external exam and gain an overall course award.

Parents should be aware that as part of the course an Investigation/Project has to be completed and submitted, along with a Day Book. The Investigation is sent to the SQA for external marking and the Day Book marked in school, but subject to SQA verification. A major part of this project will involve experimental work based on a topic of their choice. This counts towards the final grade achieved. Pupils are expected to engage with the work and keep up with any deadlines issued in order to ensure success.

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