Chemistry - Ensuring the basics are taught well RM298 / D82

Start date
2 Mar 22
6 Hours
Heathfield Community College, Cade Street, Heathfield TN21 8RJ View on Google Map

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This course is designed to enable non-chemistry specialists 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.

For non-specialists, chemistry can seem like a collection of unrelated facts. Students find the concepts difficult and misconceptions frequently arise. This course will address both issues.

Session 1 Atoms don’t care

  • Probability and random motion to explain sub-microscopic behaviour
  • How theories have developed
  • Common misconceptions and how to avoid them
  • How to successfully present practical demonstrations

Session 2 – Chemical Patterns

  • Hook your chemistry to the periodic table
  • Groups and Periods – what do they tell us?
  • Metals and the Reactivity series
  • Base chemistry – and acids!

Session 3 – Energy Matters

  • Why do chemical reac5tions occur?
  • 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-atomic particles
  • Appreciate that energy considerations are as important in chemistry as the chemicals themselves
  • Make more sense of chemistry by using the patterns and principles available
  • Consider the value of practical demonstrations and how to make them more successful
  • Consider different – more effective – ways of teaching basic chemistry and take away resources to help with the next day’s lessons



Chemistry - ensuring the basics are taught well02 March 202209:30-15:30Heathfield Community College

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State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£180.00 +VAT
Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£320.00 +VAT

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For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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