Year 7

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The year 7 course

This year in chemistry we will cover…

Lab safety in chemistry

How many problems can you spot in this lab?

At the end of this topic you will be able to…

  • Know about a range of useful laboratory apparatus and how to use them
  • Understand why safety is important within the Lab and what we can do to ensure our safety.
  • Explain to others how to carry out experiments.
  • Leave every lesson with the same number of fingers, eyes and toes that you arrived with!

Particle model of solids, liquids and gases

  • What is the universe made of?
  • To understand some differences between Solids, Liquids and Gasses
  • To explain those differences using particle theory! (It’s easier than it sounds!)

Diagram of a solid, liquid and a gas

By the end of this topic you will be able to…

  • Describe the behaviour and properties of solids liquids and gasses using the particle model
  • Explain how those differences occur and why.
  • Explain where theories come from and some ideas as to how they can be proven or modified.


  • To be able to use the terms, solvent, solute and solution correctly.
  • To know how to purify a liquid containing dissolved particles
  • To be able to survive on a desert island using only a limited number of items!

By the end of this topic you will be able to …

  • Make accurate measurements of temperature, mass and volume
  • Make pure water on a desert island and survive until rescue!

Acids and alkalis

  • To understand more safety ideas for the handling of acids and alkalis
  • To know how we can test the acidity or alkalinity of a liquid by describing its pH value
  • To begin to explore neutralisation

Simple chemical reactions

  • To understand how scientists display chemical reactions
  • To learn how we can predict products of reactions
  • To understand how to use the terms products and reactants

By the end of this topic you will be able to …

  • Solve several common chemical equations and predict the product of equations.
  • Communicate your reactions to other scientists
  • Understand the reactions that other scientists are carrying out

TV Programmes to look out for!

BBC: Bang goes the theory,
(highly recommended!)

Sky 1: Brainiac – Science Abuse
(worth watching)

Good Websites to look at for more help

BBC Bitesize