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Chemistry : The Periodic Table


Students will build on their knowledge of elements and atomic structure from Year 7 by learning how The Periodic Table was developed and how it is arranged today. They will learn about the properties and uses of elements from key areas of the table including group 1 (the alkali metals), the transition metals, group 7 (the halogens), and group 0 (noble gases). Students will then focus on applied materials science, including study of the structure, properties and uses of ceramics, polymers and composite materials.

The main SMSC/Personal Development content of this topic includes: PD14 – Knowledge of, and respect for, different people’s faiths, feelings and values, PD15. Sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them and PD21 – Interest in investigating and offering reasoned views about moral and ethical issues and ability to understand and appreciate the viewpoints of others. on these issues.

The main UN Rights of a Child covered are No.13 – Sharing thoughts freely and No. 28 – Access to Education.

Example Key Words

Periodic Table

A table of the chemical elements arranged in order of atomic number.


Metals are shiny, especially when they are freshly cut. They are good conductors of heat and electricity.


An element or substance that is not a metal.

Alkali Metals (Group 1)

Alkali metals include any of the six elements of Group 1 of the periodic table—lithium, sodium, potassium, rubidium, cesium, and francium.

The Halogens (Group 7)

The halogens include any of the elements fluorine, chlorine, bromine, iodine, and astatine.

The Noble Gases (Group 0)

The noble gases are any of the gaseous elements helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon, and radon.

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