In the Biology department we aim to build a body of knowledge that allows students to understand how they work and how they interact with the world around them.
We are a well-resourced department with highly trained staff and well equipped laboratories. We aim to include practical work throughout our teaching so that students develop competent practical skills at an early stage.
We are fortunate to have a team of dedicated and well-experienced teachers in the department, who encourage students to fulfil their potential in this exciting and challenging subject.
Year 7 and 8
Students are generally taught all three sciences by one teacher. Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics are taught in rotation. Students have 3 periods a week of science lessons.
Year 7 topics: Cells, Reproduction, Food and Digestion, Microbes and Disease, The Environment and Ecology.
Year 8 topics: Respiration, Photosynthesis, Variation and Inheritance, Fit and Healthy.
We try and incorporate an outdoor field studies session into our Year 7 topic on the environment.
Students begin studying for their GCSE in Biology in Year 9. All Year 9 and Year 10 students follow the Edexcel GCSE Biology specification 1BIO. Students have 2 periods a week of Biology and should spend a similar amount of time at home on homework and reviewing their class work and this should build up to approximately 3 hours of work a week in year 11.
Year 9 Topics: Key concepts in Biology, Cells and Control, Genetics
Year 10 Topics: Natural Selection and Genetic Modification, Health and Disease, Plant Structures and functions
Year 11 Topics: Animal Coordination, Exchange and Transport, Ecosystems Students in Year 11 are following the Edexcel GCSE Biology specification 2BIO1. Further details of both specifications can be found at http://www.Edexcel.org.uk
Students will take two exams at the end of Year 11. Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and worth 50% of their GCSE. Each exam consists of multiple choice, short answer, calculations and extended questions. Students are also required to complete 8 core practicals during the GCSE Biology course.
Biology Field Trip
Any further enquiries regarding the Biology Department should be directed to Mrs B Costello.
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