Biology

Intent

Biology is fundamental to the comprehension and appreciation of the natural world. Students develop knowledge and understanding of biology through research, carrying out experiments and through high quality teaching which supports independent study and observation outside the classroom. Students will be provided with a solid foundation for further study of the biological sciences by embedding the core knowledge required to understand the subject in greater depth. With a focus on knowledge acquisition over time students are given the opportunity to learn about the interdependence of biological processes in plant and animal species. The study of biology is essential for supporting students’ understanding of a diverse range of topics from the human body to the contemporary environmental issues making headlines around the world.

KS3

Students have 6 lessons of science per fortnight. In Years 7 and 8, we follow a bespoke curriculum that covers the whole Key Stage 3 requirement whilst building essential knowledge, vocabulary, skills and understanding for the GCSE courses ahead. Our course prepares students for the rigours of GCSE study by introducing more complex scientific ideas at a much earlier stage than before. Separate units of biology, chemistry and physics are covered over the course of each academic year. Regular assessment throughout the course followed by a detailed review of answers allows students to reflect on their learning and improve their examination answers and technique. The Year 9 curriculum builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in Years 7 and 8 as students begin building the foundation knowledge for their Science GCSEs.

The units are taught on a rota examples of which are shown below.

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 7 Cellular biology Forces Chemical reactions
Chemistry fundamentals Genetics and Evolution Space and Waves
Year 8 Chemical changes Earth and resources Ecosystems
Energy Human organisation Electricity and magnetism
Year 9 Cell biology Organisation Infection and response
Atomic structure The periodic table Structures and bonding
Energy Electricity Particle Model of Matter

KS3 Resources

KS4 (GCSE) Biology

The information below is for the GCSE in Biology. For information on GCSE Chemistry and Physics visit their subject pages. For the Combined Science Pathway, please visit the Combined Science page.

Students studying for a separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics GCSE cover more course content than those taking the Combined Science GCSEs. The pathway each student follows is carefully selected to suit the academic interests of the individual to give them the best chance of fulfilling their potential in the GCSE examinations. The separate sciences are an excellent preparation for studying one or more A Level science course in the Sixth Form.

Specification:

AQA GCSE Biology 8461

Assessment Weighting

100% Exam 0% Coursework

Exam 1: Units 1 – 4 – 50%

Exam 2: Units 5 – 7 – 50%

SoW and Sequence

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 10 Bioenergetics Homeostasis and response Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
Year 11 Ecology Threshold Concepts Revision

Further Education/Job Destinations:

The list of science related careers is endless but includes possible careers in;

Job prospects include, but are not limited to:

  • Medicine, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, scientific research
  • Veterinary science, marine sciences, animal care, zoo management
  • Education, journalism, health care, forensics and many more

Homework

Homework is set regularly via Class Charts. Each science teacher will set 30 – 60 minutes of homework per fortnight in order to reinforce and extend learning and prepare students for their GCSE examinations.

Revision Resources/Textbooks

The Science department recommends the purchase of the following revision resources and textbooks to help support learning at home. These are not compulsory, but highly recommended

AQA GCSE 9-1 Biology Revision and Practice
Collins
Collins
ISBN: 978-0008160746

Biology GCSE Complete Revision Guide

KS5 (A-Level)

We offer A Levels in BiologyChemistry and Physics as well as a BTEC in Forensic Investigation at our Sixth Form. For more information, visit our Sixth Form Site

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