Chemistry for science teachers: module 1

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Tuesdays, May – April 2024, 3.30 – 5.15pm, online 

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This is the first of three professional development modules for teachers looking to build their knowledge and confidence in chemistry. There is no charge to attend – we cover the cost.

All three courses will boost your confidence in delivering practical work, as well as help you teach key chemistry topics. Within each session, there’s time to discuss upcoming topics and practicals, as well as opportunities to ask questions and get guidance from experts.

You should sign up if you would like to build your own understanding of the subject (you should already have basic knowledge of the topics covered) and explore effective strategies for teaching chemistry to learners aged 11–16. We will explore how to teach key topics in chemistry and a number of ways to support your confidence in delivering practical work.

You do not have to have completed one module to complete another. Each course covers teaching strategies for different topic areas. Please choose the module that includes the topics most relevant for you.

Module details

This module is most suited to teachers who may be:

  • relatively new in post
  • teaching chemistry outside their own subject specialism
  • keen to increase their own understanding and confidence to teach chemistry within a 11–16 secondary science programme

The format is a series of four sessions – you will complete these during May and June. By completing all four, you will qualify for a certificate of attendance to add to your professional development portfolio/record.

In advance of the module, we will give you information on 1 – 2 practicals, which we will ask you to carry out in advance of the relevant session, ready to discuss with your course facilitator and fellow participants.

Chemistry for science teachers: module 1

Session 1: Tuesday 14 May 3.30 – 5.15pm

Supporting good practical chemistry

Session topics:

  • Particle theory of matter 
  • Ideas for practical work
  • The meaning of hazard, harm and risk
  • Process and recording of risk assessments

Session 2: Tuesday 21 May 3.30 – 5.15pm

Reactivity of metals

Session topics:

  • Reactivity series of metals
  • Ideas for practical activities
  • Student misconceptions

Session 3: Tuesday 4 June 3.30 – 5.15pm


Session topics:

  • Electrolysis
  • Student misconceptions
  • Ideas for practical work
  • RSC resources, including practical videos

Session 4: Tuesday 11 June 3.30 – 5.15pm

Quantitative chemistry

Session topics:

  • Quantitative chemistry and the mole 
  • Chemistry calculations
  • Linking practical work to calculations

Disclaimer: We reserve the right to make changes to this programme in the event of unexpected circumstances.

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