Chemistry S1/S2 Course

Science S1/S2

Chemistry S1/2 is taught as part of an integrated science course:


The S1/S2 Science course aims to give our pupils a good basic knowledge of the areas studied in the “separate” sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics and to provide them with the foundations on which to build in S3 and beyond. It also aims to give the pupils an enthusiasm and “feel” for science, its methods and its importance in the world of the twenty-first century; as well as covering the everyday science that affects all of us in ordinary living.

Course outline

Over S1- S2 we intend to cover these units, as part of “Science 5-14”.

Conversion and Transfer of Energy Changing Materials
Variety and Characteristics Forces and their Effects
Materials from the Earth Living Things and the Environment
Properties and Uses of Energy Earth in Space
Processes of life  

Method and assessment

In Science classes our pupils should experience a wide range of activities and approaches to learning ranging from some old-fashioned “chalk and talk” through experimental demonstrations and group work to individual experimental work, investigating, problem solving and reporting. A national scheme of “Thinking Science” practical activities (called “CASE”) will be used. Knowledge and Understanding will be tested at the end of every unit. Problem-solving skills will be tested twice in each year.


Each unit has prescribed written homework. This is an integral and important part of the course. It will be assessed and included in the S1 and S2 reports. “Learning” and other less formal types of homework will also be set.


Pupils are expected to look after all their books, handouts, jotters, folders, etc, very carefully. They will be expected to provide, for every science lesson, a pencil, pen, rubber and ruler – as well as their undivided attention!

Transition project

Part 1 – Dying Earth 

The year is 2051 scientists have identified the most likely causes of the problems being experienced by the planet. Your task is to look at the evidence so we don’t make the same mistakes again.

Part 2 – Variables and Rockets

If we are going to be leaving the planet, we are going to be needing some powerful rockets to do this. Your task is to design the best rocket for the job.

Part 3 Testing the Environment 

Are the conditions on the new planet suitable for supporting life? You will conduct a series of experiments to discover which planets will be suitable to sustain life.

Part 4 – What Will We Take With Us? 

If we are going to an uninhabited planet we are going to need to populate it with what it needs to support sustainable life. You must decide what we take.

Part 5 – Choose Your Planet 

You must choose a planet to colonise from a variety of planets each with their own pros and cons and then present your findings.

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