Chemistry: The Salters' Approach

The Salters’ Chemistry Course, published by the University of York Science Education Group, led up to GCSE with a two-year programme designed for students aged 14-16 (Years 10 and 11). The publications included a textbook for the whole course together with seven unit guides for the second year of the course and four unit guides for the final year.

Structure of the unit guides
As in the introductory first-year course, 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

The Salters' Chemistry Course: Textbook

The main Salters’ Chemistry Course textbook from the University of York Science Education Group covered all the units included in all three years of the course, including the introductory first year.

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Transporting Chemicals Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The range of properties of chemicals.
* The use of symbols, formulas and balanced equations.
* The commercial importance of chemicals.
* Factors...

Plastics Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The preparation of plastics by polymerization.
* The importance of ethene as a source of plastics.
* The uses and properties of plastics.
* The use of...

Growing Food Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The use of relative atomic masses in determining the masses of reactants and products.
* The manufacture, properties and uses of fertilizers.
* Soil...

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