New GCSE chemistry (C2.1.1): Structure and bonding

This collection can be used as a scheme of work for the new AQA GCSE specifications. We have matched the most relevant resources from TES to the specification statements and you should find it very easy to design your own scheme of work around these resources. You will find some great resources, lesson ideas and revision activities on Structure and Bonding for Year11 learners studying the AQA C2 Unit.

This collection was put together by our Science Advisor, Alessio Bernadelli. You can follow him on. Twitter @TESScience and/or contact via email

AQA specification statements

a) Compounds are substances in which atoms of two or more elements are chemically combined.

Socrative: Atomic structure

  • A great interactive quiz and short answer questions that can be used to revise previous knowledge on Atomic Structure.

Compounds booklet

  • Really comprehensive booklet of tasks to reinforce knowledge and understanding of Elements and Compounds, including exam-style questions.

AQA Specification statements

b) Chemical bonding involves either transferring or sharing electrons in the highest occupied energy levels (shells) of atoms in order to achieve the electronic structure of a noble gas.

c) When atoms form chemical bonds by transferring electrons, they form ions. Atoms that lose electrons become positively charged ions. Atoms that gain electrons become negatively charged ions. Ions have the electronic structure of a noble gas (Group 0).

Ionic bonding

  • Excellent presentation which is full of useful information and worked examples

Ionic bonding PowerPoint and worksheet

  • A great presentation, with clear and well presented information. It includes a quiz at the end.

Ionic snap

  • A really engaging card game that help learners understand and visualize ionic structures.

Ionic bonding using dominoes

  • Great activity and game to learn about ionic bonding

Common ions bingo

  • Really engaging bingo game on Ions and their symbols. Your learners will love it.

AQA Specification statements

d) The elements in Group 1 of the periodic table, the alkali metals, all react with non-metal elements to form ionic compounds in which the metal ion has a single positive charge.

Group 1 elements

  • A good worksheet to help learners consolidate understanding of Group 1 Elements

AQA Specification statements

e) The elements in Group 7 of the periodic table, the halogens, all react with the alkali metals to form ionic compounds in which the halide ions have a single negative charge.

Group 7 elements

  • A good worksheet to use when revising group 7 elements

AQA Specification statements

f) An ionic compound is a giant structure of ions. Ionic compounds are held together by strong electrostatic forces of attraction between oppositely charged ions. These forces act in all directions in the lattice and this is called ionic bonding.

Giant ionic lattices

  • A useful list of properties of giant structures of ions in bulletpoints.

AQA Specification statements

g) When atoms share pairs of electrons, they form covalent bonds. These bonds between atoms are strong. Some covalently bonded substances consist of simple molecules such as H2, Cl2, O2, HCl, H2O, NH3 and CH4. Others have giant covalent 
structures (macromolecules), such as diamond and silicon dioxide.

Socrative: Chemical bonding

  • A great interactive quiz and short answer questions that can be exported directly in your Socrative Teacher Room. Socrative is a great free Web 2.0 Tool.

Bonding revision

  • A good worksheet on Chemical Bonding suitable for revision of ionic and covalent bonding.

Giant covalent bonding

  • A great and really unexpected way to introduce giant covalent structures.

Chemistry revision notes

  • A great set of notes that can be easily adapted for the new Specifications.

Drawing covalent bonding

  • Great activity to help learners understand how to draw covalent bonds in simple steps.

Ionic and covalent bonding

  • Brilliant set of resources on ionic and covalent bonding with some really useful animations and diagrams.

AQA Specification statements

h) Metals consist of giant structures of atoms arranged in a regular pattern.

i) The electrons in the highest occupied energy levels (outer shell) of metal atoms are delocalised and so free to move through the whole structure. This corresponds to a structure of positive ions with electrons between the ions holding them together by strong electrostatic attractions. (HT only)

Metal facts

  • A great PowerPoint presentation with lots of useful information about metals and their structure. Really well laid out.

Metal structure grade assessed task

  • A really useful assessed task to consolidate understanding of metal properties and structures.

Metallic bonding

  • A great lesson on Metallic Bonding and Structure really well supported by the lesson plan, PowerPoint and worksheet


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