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City of London

School for girls

chemistry

The aim of the Chemistry Department is to open the door on the exciting world of chemistry to students. Through inspiring lessons and interesting experiments we hope that students will recognise the daily contact they have with this subject and the massive transformation and benefit it has made to modern lives.

WHY IS CHEMISTRY EXCITING AT CLSG?

At CLSG we endeavour to provide a fresh approach to Chemistry that makes a complicated subject accessible, interesting and relevant to student lives. Girls can explore theory in action through practical activities and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of how products they encounter in their everyday lives actually work. Girls are encouraged to see Chemistry in all aspects of  life ranging from art conservation, to environmental chemistry, quality control and pharmaceutical synthesis.

The department runs a popular weekly club and has excellent uptake at A Level.

COURSE CONTENT

YEARS 7-9

Elements and compounds, Kinetic Theory, separating mixtures, physical and chemical changes, gases of the air, evolution of the Atmosphere, metals and non metals; their reaction and extraction, periodic table, rates of reaction, atomic structure, writing formulae and balancing equations.

YEARS 10 and 11

Structures and bonding, crude oil, fuels and energetics, reversible reactions and equilibria, acids and alkalis, chemical calculations and electrolysis.

SIXTH FORM

A Level Chemistry provides students with a varied and challenging course which builds upon various fundamental principles studied at GCSE. A new model of the atomic structure is introduced straight away, shedding new light on the arrangement of the elements in the periodic table. Trends across periods and down groups are studied in detail, and the Chemistry of the transition metals is explored in detail for the first time.

The study of the behaviour of carbon-containing compounds is broadened significantly in the Organic areas of the course. Synthetic pathways are what underpin the pharmaceutical and materials industries, and while we barely scratch the surface at A Level, students are given a flavour of the
importance of how altering reagents and conditions can bring about significant changes in an Organic product.

Chemistry would not be complete without a significant mathematical aspect to the theories studied. Again, students are able to build on the calculations they studied at GCSE and use more complex and combined methods to solve numerical problems associated with Physical Chemistry. The practical work in Chemistry is both enriching and fun. Students will carry out a range of experiments to support
their learning, and to enable them to answer practical-based questions successfully in the final exam.

EXAM BOARDS

GCSE - IGCSE (Edexcel)
A Level - AQA (7405)

RECENT TRIPS/LEARNING ACTIVITIES

  • Year 12 Lecture at the Institute of Education
  • Salters Chemistry Competition for Year 8
  • Year 9 Science Lecture Day

“Chemistry is a challenging subject but that is what makes it so enjoyable. There is a real satisfaction in finally grasping a difficult concept and then realising how applicable that knowledge is to everyday life” Year 13 Student

"Chemistry is a tough but very rewarding A Level subject. It is logical and structures and helps you make sense and explain many of the events that happen around you every day in the real world" Hana

Head of Department: Mr A Stylianou