Biology 2016-17
 
Objectives
  1. To help students develop an understanding of biological principles, concepts, terms and facts;
  2. To equip students with skills in applying biological knowledge and concepts in familiar and unfamiliar situations;
  3. To equip students with skills to make careful observations, ask relevant questions, identify problems, formulate hypotheses, conduct scientific investigations individually or collaboratively with appropriate instruments and methods, collect accurate quantitative and qualitative information, analyse data and draw conclusions;
  4. To help students develop a scientific and analytical mind to critically evaluate biology-related issues, and to communicate ideas and views effectively with others, using the language of science;
  5. To raise students’ interest in the study of biology, to develop their appreciation of the wonders and complexity of Nature, and their respect for all living things and the environment; and
  6. To develop students’ positive values and attitudes towards adopting a healthy lifestyle.
 
Member
  • Chan KL (F.3 Bio., F.5 Bio & F.6 CS Bio. level in-charge)
  • Chau WS (F.4 Bio. level in-charge)
  • Leung PC (subject in-charge; F.6 Bio. level in-charge)
  • Li ST (Lab technician)
  • Tai TL (F.5 Bio. & F.6 CS Bio. level in-charge)
 
Implementation Plan
  • To further bring out individual’s potential by differentiation inside and outside classroom (i.e. differentiated teaching materials, class activities, methodologies, assignments and assessments such as bonus and higher order thinking questions)
    • To further polish up the teaching and training packages (e.g. assignment package) according to the level of difficulties (high, medium and low)
    • To include bonus points in assignments and assessments for high achieving students
    • To design proper groupings during lesson activities according to their learning ability
    • To support different groups with differentiating materials for lesson activities
    • To conduct remedial and enhancement classes after school for senior form students
    • To conduct reading scheme and to encourage students to read more (extended and extensive readings) 
  • To enhance sense of belonging among students
    • To develop a biology research team to participate in different competitions and activities
    • To deepen students’ understanding and raise their awareness of different plant species in our school through competitions / activities (mainly for junior form students)
  • To concern about our Community, Nation and World
    • To incorporate more case discussion concerning global issues, e.g. climate changes, in lessons
    • To join competitions related to global issues, e.g. Global Natural History Day, Searching for Nature Stories (Investigative Field Study Competition)

4. Curriculum

This curriculum builds upon prior knowledge and skills that students have achieved through their junior Science study. In F.3, students learn more on cells and important molecules of life. Besides, the human digestive system is used as an example for them to study how biological systems are functioning to maintain life. Since F.4 onwards, students are having more advanced understanding in different biological systems in human and plants, how different organisms are interacting with each other, as well as with the environment, and how genetics and evolution contribute the appearance of a variety of living organisms.

 

5. Co-curricular activities

F.3 students will conduct investigative research on any science topics in a mini-project. Senior formers will join different workshops, seminars or external competitions (e.g. ecological study workshop and competition, inter-school biology competition).

 

 

 


 
Evaluation
Annual Evaluation Report
Evaluation on major concerns 2016-17
Major concern 1: To better cater for learners’ diversity by differentiating teaching materials and methodologies
Past paper booklets were prepared by Mr. KL Chan with 3 levels of difficulty. After completion of one chapter, the chapter booklet would be given to students for drilling. Low achievers and mediocres were advised to finish the level 1 and 2 questions while the high achievers the level 3 questions. It greatly stimulated students’ motivation to learn as they could do similar questions in chapter test or mid-term and exam.

Bonus questions were infused in every assignment, test and exam. Those questions are daily life application related to concepts learnt in a particular chapter. Students were willing to attempt those questions which stimulate them to think more about the application of the subject.

Case studies teaching methodologies were attempted by Mr. KL Chan in F4 and F5. Tip cards were prepared for those mediocres or low achievers to facilitate their discussion in case study. It made lessons more interesting and high achievers had the opportunity to showcase their understanding of hard concept in the case study.

Flipped classrooms were implemented in F3, F4 and F5 by Mr. KL Chan. Students were asked to attempt MC questions after watching videos. It was successful in shortening time discussing basic concepts in lessons so that high achievers can learn through case study or discussion.

Major concern 2: To elevate academic achievements in local and international assessments and competitions by grooming active acquirers with good learning skills

F4 Biology research team was set up by Mr. KL Chan. F4 Biology research team carried out investigation on the effect of noise on frequency of song made by red-whiskered Bulbul and Black-collared Starlings. The research was submitted to the competition Searching for Nature 2017 held by EDB, CUHK and Hokoon. Students successfully entered the final round and ranked position 4. It was encouraging as it was our students’ first time joining the competition and obtained promosing results.

F5 Biology research team was set up by Mr. KL Chan. F5 Biology research team carried out investigation Microbial risk of Sous. The research was submitted to the competition Hong Kong Youth Science and Technology innovation Competition held by EDB and Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association. The report entered the final round and obtain Merits in the competition. (Top 10 among HK schools in Biology stream)

Some F5 students were selected to join the Hong Kong Biology Olympiad for Secondary Schools 2016/2017 organized by the Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education. Students obtained 2nd class honour and merits.

In collaboration with the Physics and Chemistry Departments, all F.3 students were requested to carry out an scientific investigation. Students were required to complete their proposal, experiment and a powerpoint presentation based on their investigation.

Major concern 3: To arouse students’ motivation in learning
Diversified learning activities were conducted during lessons. Students enjoyed and actively participated in these activities. Daily life examples were incorporated in daily teaching. However, teachers thought that more case studies could be included to train students’ logical thinking skills.

There were more investigations and demonstrations in senior form teaching. Students enjoyed the lab session and performed well in the practical parts.

Setting up of Biology Research Team aroused students’ interest in doing research topics in Biology. They gained a sense of satisfaction after obtaining recognition from judges.
 
 
Photos
F4 Biology Research Team receiving awards from CUHK professor F4 Biology Research Team receiving awards from the Principal of Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre
Field study in Stanley Bay Counting the number of species in a quadrat
Having ecology study as a team! F5 Biology Research Team receiving awards in Hong Kong Youth Science & Technology Innovation Competition 2016-17
Display Board in Hong Kong Youth Science & Technology Innovation Competition 2016-17 Finding out the number of bacteria in a piece of meat
Recording bird calls in Kowloon Park Observing birds by binocular
Finding out the number of bacteria in a piece of meat Learning the procedure of measuring the number of bacteria in HKBU
Recording noise level and bird call in Ma On Shan Park Listening to instruction from HKBU professors
Listening to instruction from HKBU professors Our Robotics Team and Science Research Team at STEM EXPO, one of the key celebrations of HKSAR establishment