Learning and Teaching Sequence for the SS Chemistry


Level Topics
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 alkalis
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 Polarity of bond and molecule
Intermolecular forces
Structures and properties of ice
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
Chemical Reactions and Energy Energy changes in chemical reactions
Standard enthalpy change of reactions
Hess’s law*
Rate of Reaction Rate of chemical reaction
Factors affecting rate of reaction
Molar volume of gases at room temperature and pressure
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


Component Outline Weighting Duration
Public examination Paper 1 Compulsory Part
Section A Multiple-choice questions (36 marks)
Section B Structured questions (84 marks)
Candidates have to attempt ALL questions in this paper.
60% 2½ hours
Paper 2 Elective Part
Candidates have to attempt two out of three elective topics. Each carries 20 marks.
20% 1 hour
School-based assessment (SBA) Practical related tasks and non-practical related tasks 20%

School-based Assessment (SBA) Requirements

Year of examination Implementation of SBA

At least TWO over S5 and S6

Over the two years of S5 and S6, there should be at least one assessment for Volumetric Analysis (VA) and one assessment for Qualitative Analysis (QA) or Other Experiments (EXPT).

2025 and thereafter

At least FOUR i.e. two in S5 and two in S6

Over the two years of S5 and S6, there should be at least one assessment for Volumetric Analysis (VA), one assessment for Qualitative Analysis (QA) and two assessments for Other Experiments (EXPT).