Chemistry Curriculum Intent

To build interest in Chemistry, injecting awe and wonder into the curriculum which will build interest in the STEM subjects.

We have designed a curriculum with progression of scientific understanding skills and knowledge. We aim to develop in our learners a rich and engaging appreciation of chemistry It is our purpose to enhance their scientific literacy, and challenge their curiosity about the world around them. Chemistry is a series of core questions to which pupils are able to find the answers, through investigation and an understanding of developing scientific models. In order to investigate answers to these core questions pupils will develop the skills, hard work and understanding to work like an expert chemist.

They will be able to plan an investigation that allows valid conclusions to be drawn and precise, accurate data to be collected, presented and interpreted. Our pedagogy is underpinned by a rigorous and systematic approach to the teaching of Chemistry as well as the regular use of live modelling and working scientifically to demonstrate processes, standards and expectations. We use a range of strategies to deepen knowledge so that it is committed to long-term memory.

We look to develop inquisitive students and to provide them with the opportunity to develop their resilience by questioning and challenging the world they live in. TGAK teachers of Chemistry will develop student life skills and encourage them to act more responsibly and respectfully and show tolerance in their local community. Studying Chemistry provides students with a powerful knowledge that will enable them to understand and make informed choices on issues such as the use of different materials such as fossil fuels and plastics

The TGAK curriculum for chemistry aims to ensure that all young people are provided the foundations for understanding the material world. Science is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, method, processes and uses of science.

Our young people will be able to analyse both qualitative and quantitative data and link this to explain concepts in both Biology and Physics. We want to impart sufficient scientific knowledge and develop scientifically literate individuals who can make informed decisions about everyday scientific contexts and make sense of the world around them, for example, understanding the need to recycle and cut down CO2 emissions.

Chemistry is a challenging subject which involves creating models to describe abstract concepts. Resilience is required in order to evolve thinking and understanding of the difficult concepts encountered in the subject. The implementation of Science revolves around the ‘Scientific Method’ which requires scientists to continually evaluate their work in order to seek precise, accurate and reliable solutions to problems. Chemistry is one of the leading subjects in facilitating the future work force for jobs that may not yet exist in fields such as pharmaceuticals, environmental sciences and nanotechnology.

We aim to foster an interest in Chemistry such that our young people can appreciate the work of chemists in a quest for innovation, enhancement and improving efficiency and ultimately we want as many young people as possible to aspire to pursuing further study or careers in STEM.

Curriculum Topics

Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
7 Introduction to science and Particle Model Atoms, Elements and Compounds Chemical reactions
8 The Periodic Table Separating Mixtures Acids and Alkalis
9 Earth Science Atomic Structure The Periodic Table

AQA GCSE Trilogy Combined Science Code: 8464

AQA GCSE Separate Science: Chemistry Code: 8462

10 Bonding and Energy Changes Quantitative Chemistry and Chemical Changes Rates of reaction and Organic Chemistry
11 Chemical Changes and Rates of Reaction Electrolysis, Organic Chemistry, Analysing substances and Earth’s Resources

Post 16 Chemistry AQA A Level Chemistry Code: 7405

Year Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Year 1 A Level Chemistry Atomic Structure,

Amount of substance, Periodicity,

Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Alkanes



Group 2 elements




Redox reactions

Group 7 elements


Organic Analysis

Year 2 A Level Chemistry Thermodynamics



Transition metals


Aromatic Compounds



Carbonyl compounds

Electrode potentials

Acids, bases and buffers

Inorganic compounds in aqueous solutions

Amino Acids, proteins and DNA

Organic synthesis and analysis

Structure determination



Knowledge Organisers

Y7 Knowledge Organiser-Chemistry

Y8 Knowledge Organiser-Table

Y9 Knowledge Organiser-Earth_Science

GCSE Knowledge Organisers

Learning Journeys

Learning Journey Chemistry