Introducing Chemistry: The Salters' Approach

The Salters’ Chemistry Course began with an introductory first year designed for students aged 13-14 (Year Nine). The publications, from the University of York Science Education Group, included a textbook and five unit guides.

Structure of the unit guides
Each unit guide contained:
* An overview: this gave a brief summary of the work covered.
* An overall plan (green): this indicated the work to be done as a lesson by lesson flow-diagram.
* A pre-planner: this indicated less readily available materials which might need to be assembled in advance.
* A resource directory: to identify films, videos, book references, and so on.
* Lesson plans (blue); for each lesson, indicating suggested activities and key teaching points.
* Teachers' notes (pink): guidance on the lesson strategy, questions to prompt discussion, lists of apparatus and materials required.
* Student materials: activity guides and information sheets in a form suitable for reproduction.
* Assessment items: some sample questions based on the material contained in the unit.

Resources

Introducing Salters' Chemistry: Textbook

The first Salters’ Chemistry Course textbook from the Univerisity of York Science Education Group covered the five units in the first year of the course intended for students aged 13-14 (year nine).

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Metals Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:

  • The importance of metals
  • The characteristics of metals
  • The relationship between the properties of metals and their uses
  • Problems of corrosion

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Drinks Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The provision of a safe water supply
* The production of different kinds of drink

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Clothing Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The properties and structures of the fibres used to make clothing
* The care of fabrics
* Modification of the properties of fabrics.

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