The broad aims of the Chemistry Curriculum are to enable students to:
- develop interest and maintain a sense of wonder and curiosity about chemistry;
- construct and apply knowledge of chemistry, and appreciate the relationship between chemistry and other disciplines;
- appreciate and understand the evolutionary nature of science;
- develop skills for making scientific inquiries;
- develop the ability to think scientifically, critically and creatively, and solve problems individually and collaboratively in chemistry-related contexts;
- discuss science-related issues using the language of chemistry;
- make informed decisions and judgements on chemistry-related issues;
- develop open-mindedness, objectivity and pro-activeness;
- show appropriate awareness of working safely;
- understand and evaluate the social, ethical, economic, environmental and technological implications of chemistry, and develop an attitude of responsible citizenship.
Curriculum Structure and Organisation
- The curriculum consists of compulsory and elective parts. The compulsory part covers a range of content that enables students to develop an understanding of fundamental chemistry principles and concepts, and scientific process skills. Topics such as “atomic structure”, “bonding, structures and properties”, “metals and non-metals”, “periodicity”, “mole and stoichiometry”, “acids and bases”, “electrochemistry”, “chemistry of carbon compounds”, “chemical energetics”, “chemical kinetics” and “chemical equilibrium” are included.
- The elective part is designed to cater for the diverse interests, abilities and needs of students.
- It aims to provide an in-depth treatment of some of the topics in the compulsory part, an application of essential knowledge and concepts, or an extension of certain areas of study.
- The two topics in the elective part of our school – Industrial Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry.