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Year 9 Chemistry

Chemistry helps us to understand fundamental matter, it is essentially the science that helps us to understand all the interactions that happen between atoms, molecules and every substance on Earth. In the GCSE Chemistry course we learn how the Earth works from the micro level up to the macro level.  Lessons are taught with a practical bias looking at finding out why things happen, allowing the boys to discover for themselves but then backing this up with the theory to gain a complete understanding of each of the topic areas covered.


We have a bespoke Chemistry laboratory.  Our lessons are practically based allowing boys to experience the reactions before explaining how these reactions happen. Our Chemistry teachers are highly qualified and have specialisms within several fields of Chemistry.

Autumn Term

States of matter
Elements, mixtures and compounds
Mixtures and melting points
Making compounds
Filtration and crystallisation
Drinking water
Crude oil formation
Fractional distillation of crude oil
Complete and incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons
Pollution from fuels
The early atmosphere
The changing atmosphere 
The atmosphere today
Climate change

Spring Term

The history of the periodic table
The periodic table
Atomic structure
Electronic configurations 
Isotopes and relative atomic mass and calculation
Balancing equations
Group 1 metals with water
Metals reacting with steam
Metals reacting with acid
Displacement reactions of metals
Extraction of metals from reactivity series
Alternative methods of extraction
Corrosion and rusting
Alloying and uses of metals and alloys
Life cycle assessments

Summer Term

Acids and alkalis
pH scale and indicators
Neutralisation reactions
More neutralisation reactions (and core prac)
Preparation of soluble salts by titration
Preparation of soluble salts by insoluble base and acid
Solubility rules
Preparation of insoluble salts by precipitation
Group 1
Group 0
Group 7