Scaffolding the new IA / developing your new practical programme

A very Happy New Year to do. I do hope you managed to get some rest and relaxation and were able to unwind somewhat. I expect you are now back in school, although some southern hemisphere teachers may have some more holiday time left still. Now the new course has been running for a few months, I thought it was worth giving you some thoughts / ideas as to how you could run your practical programme under the new course. That ...

Welcome to the new course!

Hi everyone, welcome to the new Chemistry course. If school has just started and if you have your exams in May 2016 (yes, talking about exams already!) this is the post for you. The chemistry course is different but similar. Essential questions (EQ) and the nature of science (NOS) are new but chemistry is still chemistry and you will be glad to hear that around 95% of the course is the same as what it was twelve months ago (and ...

The new course – what’s in and what’s out?

Hopefully by now you will have found and downloaded a copy of the new subject guide (for exams 2016) from the OCC. Have you read it? Looked over it? Glanced at it? Or are you letting it gather dust, afraid to peek inside at its contents? After all, chemistry is chemistry ….. isn’t it? There can’t be that many changes – can there? The good news is that there is still lots of chemistry packed into the new guide. The other news ...

The New Subject Guide

Well, after a couple of years of waiting and speculation the new subject guide has been finally released for first examinations in May 2016. If you have not yet got a copy, you may get one from the OCC . The next few blog posts will focus on individual aspects of the guide – in other words, ‘the new stuff’ but for the moment, here is an overview of some of the more major changes as well as a summary of ...