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Chemistry is a subject that explores matter, its properties, and transformations, offering diverse applications. It provides a deep understanding of atomic and molecular behaviour, developing crucial laboratory skills for analysis and experimentation. Chemistry acts as a bridge to other scientific disciplines, such as biology and physics, and contributes to fields like medicine, energy, and environmental science. Its real-world relevance makes it a valuable foundation for careers in research, industry, and innovation. By studying chemistry, students gain critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, and a strong foundation to contribute to scientific advancements and societal progress.


During the programme of study, students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of concepts covered by the specification including many aspects of physical, organic and inorganic chemistry. These key concepts, fundamental to all aspects of Chemistry, underpin the complex contextual based learning developed throughout the course. Additionally, students will acquire a valuable set of transferable skills; powers of analysis and evaluation, writing and advanced numeracy.

In summary students will learn to;

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures in a theoretical and a practical context, and when handling qualitative and quantitative data.

  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to make judgements and reach conclusions, and develop and refine practical design and procedures.


In each unit, our aim is to foster a deep understanding of fundamental concepts in chemistry, ensuring students achieve fluency and accuracy in their knowledge. They will develop the ability to reason and apply chemistry principles to solve increasingly complex problems. Beyond the subject itself, we strive to empower students with the skills to challenge injustice through data analysis, enabling them to drive positive change. At KS3, we focus on teaching a smaller number of concepts in greater depth, allowing for thorough comprehension and the development of versatile problem-solving skills. Students will be challenged with thought-provoking questions and complex problem scenarios before progressing to new topics.


In the delivery of the Chemistry curriculum, our approach incorporates cognitive theory to optimise students' retention of content and promote long-term memory. We achieve this by implementing regular low-stakes testing, revisiting previous content at the beginning and middle of each lesson, and integrating prior knowledge into problem-solving activities related to new concepts.

To facilitate a deeper understanding of the subject, we atomise fluency skills by focusing on minimal differences. This approach reduces cognitive load and allows students to grasp the underlying structure of overarching topics. As students progress through each unit, we carefully manage the gradient of challenge by selectively providing or withholding information. This strategy enables students to incrementally increase their cognitive load, fostering resilience and sustainable learning.

Our curriculum emphasises the formation of strong conceptual links between previously taught concepts, supporting students in building success. By nurturing a growth mindset, our teachers encourage students to develop a deeper understanding and take calculated risks in their learning. We promote reflection on choices and values, encouraging students to continually improve themselves and positively impact their community.

Dedicated sessions of intelligently sequenced practice form an integral part of our approach. During these sessions, students are challenged to think critically, apply their skills, and enhance their problem-solving abilities. We foster versatility in students, empowering them to apply their chemistry knowledge beyond the classroom, promoting real-world applications and engagement.

Lessons will encompass various components, including the teaching and learning of content, skills development, examination practice, and laboratory investigations. Through engaging and interactive instruction, we aim to instil a deep understanding of chemical concepts, facilitate the development of essential skills, prepare students for assessments, and provide hands-on experiences through laboratory work.

By implementing these comprehensive strategies, we strive to create an enriching and effective learning environment for Chemistry. Our approach not only equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for academic success but also empowers them to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, and active contributors to their communities.

Subject Documents Date  
Chemistry Curriculum Overview 2023 06th Mar 2024 Download