National 4 Chemistry

Children and young people participating in the experiences and outcomes in National 4 Chemistry will:

  •  develop a curiosity and understanding of their environment and their place in the living, material and physical world
  • demonstrate a secure knowledge and understanding of the big ideas and concepts of the sciences
  • develop skills for learning, life and work
  • develop skills of scientific inquiry and investigation using practical techniques
  • develop skills in the accurate use of scientific language, formulae and equations
  • recognise the role of creativity and inventiveness in the development of the sciences
  • apply safety measures and take necessary actions to control risk and hazards
  • recognise the impact the sciences make on their lives, the lives of others, the environment and on society
  • develop an understanding of the Earth’s resources and the need for responsible use of them
  • express opinions and make decisions on social, moral, ethical, economic and environmental issues based upon sound understanding
  • develop as scientifically literate citizens with a lifelong interest in the sciences
  • establish the foundation for more advanced learning and, for some, future careers in the sciences and the technologies.

In Chemistry, effective learning and teaching depends upon the skilful use of varied approaches, including:


  • active learning and planned, purposeful play
  • development of problem solving skills and analytical thinking skills
  • development of scientific practical investigation and inquiry
  • use of relevant contexts, familiar to young people’s experiences
  • appropriate and effective use of technology, real materials and living things
  • building on the principles of Assessment is for Learning
  • collaborative learning and independent thinking
  • emphasis on children explaining their understanding of concepts, informed discussion and communication.