Year 7 & 8 cover Chemistry in KS3 Science.
A-level Chemistry attempts to answer the big question ‘what is the world made of’ and it’s the search for this answer that makes this subject so fascinating. From investigating how one substance can be changed drastically into another, to researching a new wonder drug to save millions of lives, the opportunities that chemistry provides are endless. Here at Upton our aim is to create a curiosity about how Chemistry relates to the real world so students can become scientists of the future. We instil in our students a love for Chemistry that will inspire them to aim high in their efforts, helping them achieve beyond what they believe themselves capable of.
I first discovered my love of Science and in particular Chemistry whilst at school; I was fascinated by the infinite number of different substances that are made from only 100 or so different types of atom and of course all the fun experiments! I specialised in Organic Chemistry during my degree course at The University of Manchester but I now find it is Physical Chemistry and all the Chemistry calculations that I most enjoy!
I studied Chemistry at Birmingham University. My love for this subject began a very young age, playing with lego and construction toys. As I grew up I realised that Chemistry is like the lego of the universe. Learning how to construct and rearrange atoms to create molecules, which in turn make all substances. I have a passion for helping students develop confidence in their abilities and a love for this subject. I have taught at Upton Hall since 2014.
I studied Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. My favourite part of Chemistry is organic synthesis. I love experiments where different organic chemicals are made in the lab. My favourite is synthesising aspirin!
Watching one substance change into something completely different has always been wondrous to me. The fact that the magic of Chemistry is the reason for this change on all sorts of scales fuels my fascination for the subject. Being able to inspire others to learn about the processes that are continually going on all around us, watching them happen in practical activities and explaining the underpinning reasons to such observations, is a privilege.
Work from the department
A summary of all organic mechanisms produced by some Year 13 students, they then used these reactions to devise a synthesis, with up to four steps, for an organic compound
A summary sheet produced by Year 12 comparing the methods for making ethanol
A Year 12 homework task on writing half equations and combining them to form an overall equation
Planning an experiment to identify some unknown compounds using theory from the topics group 2 and group 7
Year 11 extended writing task on equilibrium and the Haber process
Year 10 extended writing task on alcohols
Year 10 extended writing task on fractional distillation
Year 9 work on carbon footprints and how they can be reduced