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

Making and Using Electricity Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy.
* The construction and operation of electrochemical cells.
* The conversion of electrical energy to...

Burning and Bonding Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* causes and control of fire
* flash points & controlled burning
* energy changes in chemical reactions
* bond breaking and making exothermic and...

Fighting Disease Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* The use and importance of germicides.
* The chemist's role in public health.
* Some of the chemical reactions inside our bodies.
* The function and...

Energy Today and Tomorrow Unit Guide

This Salters’ Chemistry Course unit from the University of York Science Education Group covered:
* Sources and uses of energy.
* Conservation of energy.
* Alternative and renewable energy sources.
* Solar energy as a fundamental source of biomass...

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