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Chemistry: PACE


Students will learn about the particle model and states of matter. From there they will study more fundamentals of chemistry including the structure of the atom in terms of subatomic particles, soluble and insoluble substances, and describe and explain the difference between elements, compounds and mixtures. They will also investigate a range of separation techniques (filtration, evaporation and distillation).

The main SMSC/Personal Development content of this topic includes:PD2 – developing mutual respect / tolerance (practical work), PD15 – Sense of enjoyment and fascination, PD16 – Imagination and creativity and PD17 – reflecting on experiences.

The main UN Rights of a Child covered are No.2 – No discrimination and No. 13 – Sharing thoughts freely.

Example Key Words


The basic unit of a chemical element.


Central part of an atom, contains the protons and neutrons.


Negatively charge sub-atomic particle. Found in shells orbitting the nucleus.


Positively charged sub atomic particle with a mass of 1, found in the nucleus.


Neutral sub atomic particle with a mass of 1, found in the nuclues.


A substance made of only 1 type of atom. They are found on the Periodic Table.

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