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

Food Processing Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* Chemical aspects of some food processes in the home.
* Chemical aspects of food processing in industry.

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Minerals Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The extraction and production of important materials from sulphide ores, iron ore and limestone.
* The use of relative atomic masses for determining the masses...

Keeping Clean Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The use of soaps and soapless detergents.
* Emulsions and the action of emulsifiers.
* The hardness of water.
* The manufacture and use of cosmetics,...

Buildings Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* Properties of building materials including their reactions with acid.
* Factors which affect rate of reaction.
* The relationship between the properties and...

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