Year 7

Course and Resources

Topic Page reference
Longman Chemistry 11-14, Brand, I and Grime, R.
Introduction to chemistry and safety 2-6, 10-12
Apparatus 7-10  

Observing and writing up an experiment.
Burning candle


111, 114-118

The Bunsen Burner
Different flames, sootiness, Match on a pin, glass tube, cardboard
8, 36-37

States of matter
Differences between solids (s), liquids (l) and gases (g) in terms of density, compressibility and shape. Diffusion of solids, liquids and gases.
Particle theory melting, boiling, solidification, evaporation, condensation, sublimation.

Applications of kinetic particle theory.

Diffusion 27-29
Melting point and purity    
Solutions and solubility 54-59
Chemical and physical changes 14-19  
Mixed states of matter:
gel, slime, foams, emulsions
Elements, compounds and mixtures
42-53, 72-73  
Planning and experimenting
Purifying salt from rock salt
Separation techniques
Filtration, evaporation, distillation, separating funnel, chromatography

Acids, alkalis and indicators
Litmus, universal indicator, red cabbage indicator.


Physical and chemical changes    
Elements and compounds  
Elements 45-48, 66-67
Compounds 53, 70-71
Investigation: Determination of salt content of rock salt    

Structure of the Earth.

Evidence for continental drift: Shapes of continents:

Similarities of rocks, flora and fauna and fossils.
Rock types (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic), the atmosphere, volcanoes, rock cycle, weathering    

The Air and Combustion


Fossil fuels: Formation of coal and oil.

Simple covalent model of bonding. Structures of molecules: CH4, C2H6, C3H8, C4H10 , C5H12, etc (C nH(2n+2)), CO2, O2 .


Fractionation in an oil refinery.

Products of combustion.

Carbon monoxide and soot as products of incomplete combustion.

The Greenhouse effect.

Greenhouse gases: CO2 , methane

Reading list




Notting Hill & Ealing High School (GDST) Updated 02/12 PS