ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course looks at the A level Chemistry curriculum and provides techniques and approaches that equip non-specialist teachers to deliver it well. Key topics from the first year of the course will be covered and participants will be given valuable teaching strategies and resources as well as being directed to other useful support. Although the course will tie in closely to the AQA specification, additional material will be shared that will strengthen teachers’ chemical understanding.
However, although it is great to have the knowledge, that doesn’t guarantee good teaching. We will also look at some active learning approaches that ensure lessons are vibrant and student centred.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
- Develop a clear understanding of some key concepts to be taught at A level
- Consider models used in chemistry teaching and evaluate their effectiveness
- Take away strategies and activities to use in lessons
- Increase your range of teaching activities to keep students engaged
- Identify sources of support and valuable resources for A level chemistry
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|IN-SCHOOL||You can also book this as an In-School Course|
10.00 – 11.00am
Getting started on Quantitative Chemistry
- Getting started at A level – the ‘big picture’ and planning for the key challenge areas
- Laying the foundations – the first term and beyond
- The mole concept. How do you teach it?
- Using the mole – give students patterns and procedures
- Titration calculations – not hard if you follow some simple steps
- Celebrate the mole
11.00 – 11.15am
Coffee break and informal discussion
11.15 – 12.00pm
Atoms, Ions and Molecules
- The A level model of the atom – electrons, energy levels and orbitals
- Ionic bonding. Misconceptions and dealing with them
- Covalent compounds and intermolecular forces
12.00 – 1.00pm
- Why do atoms join together and some chemical reactions take place?
- Enthalpy changes and the Hess Cycle: Burning down and forming up.
- Born Haber cycles. Why do certain compounds exist and some dissolve?
1.00 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion
1.45 – 2.45 pm
Making Sense of Organic Chemistry
- Nomenclature and functional groups
- What are the key drivers in organic chemistry?
- Modelling reaction mechanisms
- Mastering those curly arrows
2.45 – 3.30pm
Active Teaching Approaches
- Active learning strategies that challenge the best and move on the weaker students
- Effective groupwork: techniques to establish this in the lab and the classroom
- The required Chemistry practicals – getting the most from them with the students
- New approaches for preparing students for the practical skills exam questions
3.30 – 3.45pm
Plenary and Depart
- Where students succeed and struggle in A level Chemistry exams
John is a highly experienced A Level and IB Chemistry teacher who still teaches today. He led Chemistry Departments in two schools and whole Science Departments in two others. He has worked as a Science Advisor in England’s largest Local Authority, supporting both primary and secondary teachers of science. In recent years he has worked as an independent consultant, promoting science education in a wide variety of ways. He has led many professional development courses for teachers, written resources for publishers and staged large science enrichment events. His enthusiasm for science is evident in all he does but sharing his experience with chemistry teachers gives him the greatest satisfaction.