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Key Stage 4 Curriculum Map

Curriculum Intent

Enthuse and engage each and every student with science and the scientific world.
Students appreciate how the theories and concepts they are studying relate to their everyday life and how science enriches wider society
To equip and develop, within students, a wide variety of transferable skills that meet their whole-life learning needs.

Key Knowledge and Skills

Key knowledge areas in which all pupils are expected to have developed an appreciation are: atomic structure, bonding & structure, chemical reactions, kinetics, energetics, organics, chemical analysis, and environmental concerns. Students should, within the context of these areas, be able to:

  • Use conceptual models and theories to make sense of the observed natural phenomena, giving sound explanations of said phenomena using a wide range of appropriate scientific ideas, language, knowledge and understanding;
  • Plan, carry out, draw conclusions and evaluate the validity of practical laboratory work;
  • Use appropriate mathematics to support problem solving, analysis and the drawing of robust conclusions.
  • Evaluate the impact on the environmental, and society, of chemistry (and generally, science)

Sequence Discussion

KS4 Chemistry builds on KS3 work, while adding new areas of study and complexity. We start from the small and get bigger: first atoms (introduced in Y9), then how atoms bond, finally the properties of materials before considering the wide range of chemical reactions that are possible, and how they can be impacted (kinetics, energetics) and the impacts they have (environmental concerns). Mathematical skills are taught gradually with more complex ideas, such as moles, being handled in Y11.

Year 10

Half Term 1

Structure and bonding

Half Term 2

Structure and bonding
Reactions of metals

Half Term 3

Chemical Reactions

Half Term 4

Energy transfers

Half Term 5

Review of Atoms and periodicity
Rates of reaction

Half Term 6


Year 11

Half Term 1

Chemical calculations
Crude oil and fuels

Half Term 2

Chemical Analysis
Crude oil and fuel

Half Term 3

The Earth’s Atmosphere
Earths resources

Half Term 4

Review of atomic structure and periodicity, structure and bonding, chemical changes, and energy changes