GRADE 11 / YEAR 12 CHEMISTRY COURSE SYLLABUS 2020-2021

Course Outline

Overview

Cambridge IGCSE Syllabus at GEMS Wesgreen International School aims to provide the students an opportunity to develop attitudes relevant to chemistry such as; concern for accuracy and precision, objectivity and inquiry. It will provide students the opportunity to study wide range of courses including Cambridge International AS & A Level chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

The aims of Chemistry state what a teacher may expect to teach and what a student may expect to experience and learn. These aims suggest how the student may be changed by the learning experience.
The aims of the Chemistry Syllabus are to encourage and enable students to:

  • develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
  • develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
  • are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

Ongoing Objectives

Throughout each unit, the students are given the opportunity to build on the objectives below:

  • provide an enjoyable and worthwhile educational experience for all learners, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level.
  • enable learners to acquire sufficient knowledge and understanding to:
  • become confident citizens in a technological world and develop an informed interest in scientific matters
  • be suitably prepared for studies beyond Cambridge IGCSE
  • allow learners to recognise that science is evidence-based and understand the usefulness, and the limitations, of scientific method.
  • develop skills that:
  • are relevant to the study and practice of physics
  • are useful in everyday life
  • encourage a systematic approach to problem-solving
  • encourage efficient and safe practice
  • encourage effective communication through the language of science
  • develop attitudes relevant to physics such as:
  • concern for accuracy and precision
  • objectivity
  • integrity
  • enquiry
  • initiative 

Unit Overviews

Term 1

For blended learning we will provide video links, live demonstrations of practical investigation as well as access to the relevant worksheets and resources that all students will need.

For blended learning we will provide video links, live demonstrations of practical investigation as well as access to the relevant worksheets and resources that all students will need.

1. Organic Chemistry

Approximate length: 12 weeks

This section focuses on the life cycle assessment and recycling to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life including the viability of recycling of certain materials .The carbon compounds, both as fuels and feedstock, and the competing demands for limited resources. The application of fractional distillation of crude oil and cracking to make more useful materials including the extraction and purification of metals related to the position of carbon in a reactivity series.

14.1 Names of Compounds

14.2 Fuels

14.3 Homologous series

14.4 Alkanes

14.5 Alkenes

14.6 Alcohols

14.7 Carboxylic acids

14.8.1 Polymers introduction

14.8.2 Synthetic Polymers

14.8.3 Natural Polymers

Specific National Curriculum Objectives Covered:

Chemistry is the science of the composition, structure, properties and reactions of matter, understood in terms of atoms, atomic particles and the way they are arranged and link together.

It is concerned with the synthesis, formulation, analysis and characteristic properties of substances and materials of all kinds. Students should be helped to appreciate the achievements of chemistry in showing how the complex and diverse phenomena of both the natural and man-made worlds can be described in terms of a number of key ideas which are of universal application, and which can be illustrated in the separate topics set out below. These ideas include:

  • Bonding of carbon leading to the vast array of natural and synthetic organic compounds that occur due to the ability of carbon to form families of similar compounds, chains and rings.
  • Life cycle assessment and recycling to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life.
  • The viability of recycling of certain materials
  • Carbon compounds, as both fuels and feedstock, and the competing demands for limited resources.
  • Fractional distillation of crude oil and cracking to make materials that are more useful.
  • Extraction and purification of metals related to the position of carbon in a reactivity series.

Term 2

Programme of Study

Term 3

For blended learning we will provide video links, live demonstrations of practical investigation as well as access to the relevant worksheets and resources that all students will need.

Revision of 0620 Syllabus Approximate length: 7 weeks

0.0 Revision 0620 Paper 22, 42 and 62

Assessment

Formative: Throughout the units, the children will complete graded work, quizzes and investigation activities, which allows the teacher to assess the students’ attainment and inform their planning.

For each unit the students complete a pre and posttest. This allows us to see progress across the units and to inform our planning.

Summative: At the end of each term, we complete internal tests. This allows us to measure the students’ progress throughout the term and year. The end of term tests and the mock examinations will test students in Papers 2, 4 and 6 as per the IGCSE syllabus.

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW

All candidates take three papers.

Candidates who have studied the Core subject content, or who are expected to achieve a grade D or below should be entered for Paper 1, Paper 3 and either Paper 5 or Paper 6. These candidates will be eligible for grades C to G.

Candidates who have studied the Extended subject content (Core and Supplement), and who are expected to achieve a grade C or above should be entered for Paper 2, Paper 4 and either Paper 5 or Paper 6. These candidates will be eligible for grades A* to G.

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