Outstanding GCSE Chemistry: Tackling the Toughest Topics
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This brand-new course will explore the more difficult to teach topics in AQA GCSE Chemistry and is designed for all teachers who wish to ensure their students maximise their potential.
By providing a range of fresh and innovative teaching approaches to help students achieve a greater depth of understanding in these areas, the course aims to help teachers foster outstanding teaching, learning and achievement and raise the overall attainment of their classes.
Emphasis is placed on the content students (and occasionally teachers) often struggle with, the tough topics and strategies and approaches needed to teach them more successfully, how to wrestle with the challenges
of the synoptic nature of the course and skills students need for successful exam performance.
Focused extensively on evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment practice as well as feedback from the most recent exams, you will leave with a vast range of resources and practical strategies that will enable
you to meet the needs of your students and ultimately increase grade attainment.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Focus on an area you teach and learn how to make synoptic links to other areas
Receive informed lesson ideas and resources to make delivery easier and more effective
Focus on key errors and mistakes that are commonly made
Learn from previous marks schemes/ average scores attained and how issues can be addressed
Network with fellow professionals
Clarify any misconceptions in depth and theoretical application
Gain an Examiner’s insight into the common mistakes made for these key topics
Using Metacognition techniques to tackle the tricky content
10.00 – 11.30am
Activating prior knowledge to improve retention of key topic areas
Understanding how current pedagogy can be embedded into teaching to reduce the misconceptions and increase the confidence in the classroom
Simplifying the GCSE exam to utilise mental models techniques to scaffold student responses
Effectively teaching practical skills and comprehension so that students can maximise marks in levelled questions
Discussion: Coffee Break
11:30 – 11:45am
Aiming for top grades in Paper 1; Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table, Bonding and Structure, Calculations including Titrations, Chemical changes
including OILRIG and half equations
11.45 – 12.45am
Scaffold calculations to provide a fool-proof method for students to follow
How can mental models and long-term memory help access the hardest calculation questions?
Teaching for success; both challenging more able students and supporting lower attainment students to ensure they all achieve their potential
Lunch and informal discussion
12.45 – 1.30pm
Aiming for top grades in Paper 2; Rates and Le Chatelier, Organic Chemistry and Polymers, Identifying Ions, The Atmosphere, Using Resources including the Haber Process
1.30 – 2.30pm
How to simplify teaching of these topics with mental models to facilitate understanding
Levelled questions; how are they marked and how can you help your students succeed
Avoiding potential hazards – what can cost a top student their grade 9?
Exam technique skills that make the difference
2.30 – 3.30pm
Dissecting examination questions- vocabulary & command words
Strategies to improve responses to exam questions and signposting
How to bring all the content together to prepare for the exam; Revision strategies ….that work!
Understand from an Examiner the common mistakes that students make and how can you ensure that
this does not impact on their exam
Dee Martin is Head of Chemistry
& STEM at Prince Henry’s High
School in Evesham, an Academy
with a non-selective intake. She
is an experienced AQA A-Level
Chemistry examiner and currently
delivers revision courses to many
schools across the country guiding
teachers in preparing for exams
and helping to raise student grades.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Non-specialist Teachers of
New and Experienced Teachers
of GCSE Chemistry
Heads of Chemistry
Heads of Science
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course