Elementary Chemistry – Ensuring the Basics Are Taught Well RM356 / B02

Start date
14 Oct 21
Rainham Mark Grammar School, Pump Lane, Rainham, Gillingham ME8 7AJ View on Google Map

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This course is for non-specialists who want to become more confident in teaching chemistry at KS3 and KS4. It will provide a range of simple, safe and effective practical work as well as addressing the key concepts that form the basis of chemistry.
Non-specialists often find chemistry a collection of unrelated facts to learn. Students find the abstract concepts difficult and misconceptions frequently arise. The course will attempt to address both issues.
‘Taking it Further’ resources will be available for delegates wanting to develop their understanding beyond GCSE chemistry. Indeed, the more chemistry you know, the more it makes sense.
Summary what we covered across the day:
Session 1  Atoms don’t care!
  • Probability linked to random motion explains a lot of sub-microscopic behaviour
  • How theories have developed – atoms, molecules, elements and compounds
  • Common misconceptions and how to avoid them.
  • How to successfully present practical demonstrations

Session 2: Chemical Patterns

  • Hook your chemistry to the Periodic Table – it’s all about electrons!
  • Groups and Periods – what do they tell us?
  • Metals and the reactivity series
  • Base chemistry – and acids!

Session 3:  Energy Matters

  • Why do chemical reactions occur? -Remember, atoms don’t care!
  • Misconceptions around exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Types of reactions and writing equations
  • What makes practical work in chemistry effective?



  • Develop a wider understanding of the behaviour of sub-microscopic particles
  • Appreciate that energy considerations are as important in chemistry as the chemicals themselves.
  • Make more sense of chemistry by using all the patterns and principles available
  • Consider the value of practical demonstrations and how to make them successful
  • Consider different – more effective – ways of teaching basic chemistry and take away resources to help with the next day’s lessons!
If you have any questions or queries regarding about this course please e-mail: thestemhub@canterbury.ac.uk


Elementary Chemistry – Ensuring the Basics Are Taught Well14 October 202109:30-15:30Rainham Mark Grammar School

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£185.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£370.00 +VAT

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