|Chemistry is central to our understanding of so many things. How is electricity generated? How should we treat illnesses? Chemistry at Denstone seeks to develop pupils' understanding of the chemical world around them, whilst equipping them with practical investigative skills relating to the real world.
Teaching is dynamic and learning is exciting, with much emphasis on laboratory practical work. Courses cover the study of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. At GCSE practical work dominates the course and develops the ability to acquire knowledge, especially the fostering of imaginative and critical thinking. ICT and data logging software play a key part in trying to enhance pupils’ learning.
The Junior School specification for First to Third Forms follows the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 and starts some basic topics from the GCSE course.
The GCSE course follows OCR Gateway Chemistry B Specification. It covers the three traditional branches of chemistry: organic, inorganic and physical chemistry. It is intended to be a broad overview of the subject and so includes aspects of geology as well as atomic structure, the Periodic Table, energy, reaction rates, acids and bases, organic chemistry, industrial processes, oil and the atmosphere.
Sixth Form students study A level through the OCR Specification A. Many of the topics introduced in the GCSE course reappear in an expanded form together with a much larger organic section and a systematic study of the properties of elements and their compounds according to their periodic classification. At AS this includes: Atoms, Bonds and Groups, Chains, Energy and Resources, and practical assessments.
A2 study then focusses on Polymers and Analysis, Equilibria, Energetics and Elements and practical assessments.
The department takes part in the Salter's Chemistry Festival and Camp and arranges a lively and popular programme of visits to universities, Science Live and Sixth Form spectroscopy visits as well as the Astra Zeneca conference and other symposia.
Further subject information can be found in the relevant school curriculum document on the Curriculum page.