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S1 & S2 Chemistry

S1 

Content Taught
The S1 Course follows the CFE level 3 & 4 guidelines and covers a wide variety of content and skills and provides an enjoyable experience for all pupils whilst providing a strong foundation for future courses in Chemistry. The units covered are: 1) An Introduction to Chemistry, 2) Solids, Liquids and Gases, 3) Gases in the Air and 4) Water.

Methodology:
Throughout the course pupils have the opportunity to take part in a lot of practical work both individually and in a variety of group sizes.  All pupils are encouraged to expand their knowledge and understanding and develop their problem solving /investigative skills using a wide variety of resources.

Homework
Homework is set regularly and is used to compliment, further and reinforce the pupils’ experience of the unit work.

Assessments
Pupils sit end of Unit tests and a May exam to assess their progress.

S2 

Content Taught
In S2 our course covers the following content from Nat 4 & 5 courses. Chemical Reactions and their Speed, Formula Writing, Fuels and Hydrocarbons & Homologous Series.

Methodology:
The classes will be mixed ability and pupils will have an opportunity of working on their own and in groups. A range of teaching approaches ensures that pupils achieve to the best of their ability and enjoy the subject. In addition to prepared notes and text references, molecular models and a number of computer packages will be used to enhance this course.

Pupil Notes:
In some areas pupils make their own notes from the unit notes provided, textbooks and other resource references while others are more teacher directed. Guidance will be given at the beginning of the course on the methods of note making. Notes will be checked regularly by the class teacher.

Homework
Homework will consist of completing notes begun in class, answering questions on the current unit and for revision, writing summaries and revising for  unit tests/ examinations. Homework will be issued by the teacher as appropriate to the pupils’ position in the topic.

Assessments
Tests will be given at the end of each section of work with at least one week’s notice. All tests/examinations will assess achievement of knowledge and understanding and problem solving skills and the results will be used in pupil reports.