Learning and Teaching Sequence for the SS Chemistry


S4 Planet Earth The atmosphere*
The ocean*
Rocks and minerals*
Microscopic World I Atomic structure*
The Periodic Table*
Metallic bonding*
Structures and properties of metals*
Ionic and covalent bond*
Structures of giant ionic substances; simple molecular substances; and giant covalent substances*
Comparison of structures and properties of important types of substances*
Metals Occurrence and extraction of metals*
Reactivity of metals*
Reacting masses*
Corrosion of metals and their protection*
Acids and Bases Introduction to acids and bases*
Indicators and pH*
Strength of acids and alkalis*
Salts and neutralization*
Concentration of solutions*
Volumetric analysis involving acids and alkalis*
Fossil Fuels and Carbon Compounds Hydrocarbons from fossil fuels*
Homologous series, structural formulae and naming of carbon compounds*
Alkanes and alkenes*
Addition polymers*
S5 Microscopic World II Bond polarity
Intermolecular forces
Structures and properties of molecular crystals
Simple molecular substances with non-octet structures
Shapes of simple molecules
Redox Reactions, Chemical Cells and Electrolysis Chemical cells in daily life*
Reactions in simple chemical cells*
Redox reactions*
Redox reactions in chemical cells*
Importance of redox reactions in modern ways of living*
Chemical Reactions and Energy Energy changes in chemical reactions*
Standard enthalpy change of neutralization, solution, formation and combustion*
Hess’s law*
Rate of Reaction Rate of chemical reaction*
Factors affecting rate of reaction
Molar volume of gases at RTP
Chemical Equilibrium Dynamic equilibrium
Equilibrium constant
The effect of changes in concentration and temperature on chemical equilibria
Chemistry of Carbon Compounds Introduction to selected homologous series
Typical reactions of various functional groups*
Inter-conversions of carbon compounds
Important organic substances
Patterns in the Chemical World Periodic variation in physical properties of the elements from Li to Ar
Bonding, stoichiometric composition and acid-base properties of the oxides from Na to Cl
General properties of transition metals
S6 Elective Parts Offered
Industrial Chemistry Importance of industrial processes
Rate equation
Activation energy
Catalysis and industrial processes
Industrial processes
Green chemistry
Analytical Chemistry Detecting the presence of chemical species
Separation and purification methods
Quantitative methods of analysis
Instrumental analytical methods
Contribution of analytical chemistry to our society

Note: The elective part “Materials Chemistry” will also be offered to students opting this part and will be presented in the holidays.

* Part of these topics will be included in the Chemistry part of the Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry) and Combined Science (Chemistry, Physics).


Public examination Paper 1 Compulsory Part 60% 2½ hours
Paper 2 Elective Part (a choice of two out of three elective topics) 20% 1 hour
School-based assessment (SBA) Practical related tasks and non-practical related tasks 20%


Year of examination
Implementation of SBA
2012 and 2013 SBA marks for practical related component only.
2014 and thereafter SBA marks will comprise both practical related component (including Investigative Study) and non-practical related components.

Relationship between Science (S1 – 3) Syllabus and SS Chemistry Curriculum

Science (S1 – 3)
Chemistry (S4 – 6)
4.3 Fuels Fossil fuels and carbon compounds
5.1 Water purification Planet earth
5.2 Further treatment of eater
5.5 Dissolving
5.6 Growing crystals
6.1 State of matter Microscopic world I
Microscopic world II
6.3 Particle model for the three states of matter
7.2 Burning Fossil fuels and carbon compounds
7.6 Balance of carbon dioxide and oxygen in nature Planet earth
10.1 Common acids and alkalis Acids and bases
10.2 Indicators for testing acids and alkalis
10.3 Acid and corrosion
10.5 Neutralization
10.6 Every day uses of acids, alkalis and neutralization
13.2 How to obtain metals Metals
13.3 Properties and uses of metals
13.4 Making metals more useful
14.1 Making plastics from crude oil Fossil fuels and carbon compounds
14.2 Environmental problems associated with the disposal of plastics Chemistry of carbon compounds
Materials chemistry