UPDATE 27/06/2017 – Have now added covalent bonding, metals, groups (I teach them in that order) and a booklet for electrolysis. Probably the last ones I’ll do for a while but there should now be booklets for all the major topics in AQA new GCSE.

UPDATE 22/06/2017 – Have now added booklets for history of the atom, elements and compounds and ionic bonding. Still have to do groups then covalent bonding. Once I’ve done those I’ll take a little break and see where I get up to with my triples before doing more.

UPDATE 03/06/2017 – as I noted below, Mastery means different things to different people. Following an exquisitely inconclusive Twitter debate, it has been decided that this kind of work should be renamed as SLOP: Shed Loads Of Practice. Hope you enjoy the rebrand – I’ll stick to calling them Mastery on the actual sheets for now!

UPDATE 02/06/2017 – I have added a booklet for organic chemistry (alkanes and alkenes) as well as a couple of powerpoints (gasp) which have prompts and key notes on them (they’re quite austere so if you’re a fan of comic sans and loads of flashing pictures don’t bother with them). I’m still experimenting with how I use these so it’s very much a work in progress. As I’ve said before if anyone else ends up using them (for example my main chemistry colleague at school just uses them for revision) I would love to know how exactly you are using them. I’m still working on answers which I’ll post when I can.


Science teachers are having to deal with a new GCSE curriculum which is broader and deeper than before. I am personally finding that my students in Year 10 are totally unequipped to deal with it. We’ve started rewriting KS3 but in the meantime I’ve been focussing on ways to try and help students through more complex material.

Inspired by Rosalind Walker I’ve been trying to write “mastery” work. I know that there is a whole literature out there about “mastery” but for my purposes it just boils down to “shedloads of questions on a given topic introduced slowly and coherently with worked examples” I use the word “mastery” to sell it to my students in that if they work through the booklet they can achieve mastery over the topic.

Anyway I have prepared a couple so far and am in the process of writing more. I’m also working on getting answers typed up so I’ll post those here as soon as I can.

Please let me know if you find these useful and how you have used them in class. Some of them have very bare-bones type notes on them as well to support instruction. I haven’t been through all of these with my classes yet so if you spot typos and errors please please let me know. I’m also planning on doing things like this for our new KS3.

AQA Chemistry GCSE booklets:

Electrolysis mastery

Covalent bonding

Metals mastery booklet

Groups in the periodic table

Ions mastery ppt

Ionic bonding mastery booklet

History of the atom ppt

History of Atom Mastery Booklet

Elements and Compounds mastery ppt

Elements and compounds mastery

Rates of Reaction Mastery Booklet

Acids mastery booklet answers

Acids Mastery Booklet

Energy Changes Mastery Booklet

Energy changes mastery

Reversible Reactions Mastery Booklet

Equilibrium (2)

Crude oil and FD new gcse

Further Organic Chemistry Mastery Booklet

Organic Chemistry Mastery Booklet

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