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Chemistry is everywhere in the world around you. It's in the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the water you drink, medicines, air, cleaners ... you name it.

And chemistry is fun! Substances can glow in the dark, change colours, produce bubbles and change states – you learn how and why on our Year 7-9 course.

Your first lessons begin with learning how to use a Bunsen burner to do experiments that investigate the changes that heat causes. You watch iodine form a purple gas and dry ice disappear and think about how to explain what you see. You grow crystals and work out what this tells you about the arrangement of particles in solids. You learn to use chemical apparatus safely so that you can design experiments to collect evidence: we use chromatography to solve our murder mystery.

We do lots of practical work and you learn how to report what you did to build up skills in recording your results and communicating ideas about your findings. You learn how to be objective and how to reason and solve problems – essential tools for all subjects but great to learn through Chemistry.