The Science Department consists of a team of specialist teachers of Biology, Chemistry and Physics who are enthusiastic and dedicated and who work closely together to ensure students achieve their potential and enjoy their lessons.
Science at Up Holland High School is very popular and the Department achieves excellent results with all pupils. All Science classes from years 7 to 11 are grouped according to ability although pupils do have the opportunity to move groups. This allows staff to tailor the curriculum to better suit the needs of all pupils so that they make progress.
Whilst subject knowledge is very important, there is an increasing emphasis on how science works and so pupils are always encouraged to be curious and devise their own investigative experiments.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8
In Years 7 and 8 pupils are taught in ability groups sets 1 to 6 where they study from all three Sciences using the ‘Activate’ textbook. In each year they study three Biology, three Chemistry and three Physics topics with end of topic tests and assessments throughout the year. Pupils in different classes will all study the same topics each term but classes will complete these in a different order so there is less demand on equipment and resources.
They then learn about the following topics in Year 7 :
Biology – cells, tissues and organs, reproduction, ecology.
Chemistry – acids and alkalis, particle theory, chemical reactions.
Physics – energy, forces, the solar system.
They then cover the following topics in Year 8 :
Biology – classification, digestion, respiration
Chemistry – geology, solutions and separating mixtures, the periodic table
Physics – electricity ,heat transfer, forces and transport
Key Stage 4 – Year 9
Pupils in Year 9 (2016-2019) will be studying for the new style GCSE course. The pupils will be following the AQA Trilogy course which will be graded 9-1. They will be taught by one member of staff for all three; Sciences, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and have three lessons a week. Pupils will be tracked regularly via assessments held throughout the year. They will also undertake a series of practicals to be completed throughout the course. Pupils will be examined on these in their final exam.
Key Stage 4 – Year 10
Pupils in Year 10 will be studying for the new style GCSE. The pupils will be following the AQA Trilogy course which will be graded 9-1. Sets 2-6 will be taught by one member of staff for all three Sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and have four lessons a week. Pupils will be tracked regularly via assessments throughout the year. Formal coursework has now been replaced by required practicals, to be completed throughout the course; pupils will be examined on the practicals in their final exam. Pupils in Set 1 will be following the AQA Separate Sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and complete required practicals throughout (which, again, are tested in the final examination). They have two lessons per week on each separate Science subject.
Key Stage 4 – Year 11
Pupils in Year 11 have completed a Core Controlled Assessment and will complete an Additional Controlled Assessment in the Autumn term. Those studying Triple Science will complete three Controlled Assessments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics during the Autumn term. A good Controlled Assessment grade can ensure a good grade in the final GCSE as it is 25% of the overall mark. Sets 2-6 have 4 lessons a week and will be examined on Core Science and Additional Science in the summer of 2017 with six exams – two for each subject. Set 1 will have 2 lessons for each separate Science subject and they will have three exams for each science subject; Biology, Chemistry and Physics.