Aims

Staff


Mrs P E Smith (Head of Department)
Mrs G M Clarke
Miss E A Dines
Dr J J K Fox-Roberts
Mrs L Webb
Mrs A S Brown (Technician)

Aims


Biology is the study of living things, both large and small, plant and animal and how they interact with their environment.Biology helps students begin to understand major scientific ideas and to appreciate their significance. They learn something of how Biological concepts are applied in industry and medicine to improve the quality of life and ways in which biological concepts can be applied controversially. It thus helps pupils become confident, effective and valuable citizens and so help fulfil the school's fundamental aim.

KS3

It is taught as part of the Year 8 Science course covering topics such as Cells and Reproduction. In Years 9 and 10 it is taught as a separate subject by a specialist teacher with one lesson per week. Topics covered in Year 9 include Food, Teeth and Digestion, Brain and Learning, Variety of Life, Microbiology, Cells and Systems and Characteristics of Life.In Year 10 topics include Breathing, Circulation, Reproduction and Ecology, How Plants Feed and Genetics.In the Junior school there is an emphasis on using visual material, practical work and active methods to aid learning.

GCSE

At GCSE the CCEA specification is followed and the subject is taught in 5 periods a week. The topics include those covered at Key Stage 3 plus some additional ones such as Transport in Plants, Excretion and Movement Into and Out of Cells. It is a popular choice by Year 11 pupils, around 100 of the year group choosing it. Regular testing, plenty of practice at past paper questions and coursework which is carried out within class time help ensure the work is spread over the two years and avoid last minute panic.

Please refer to the Subject Choice for GCSE Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.

GCE

Biology is also a popular choice at AS and A2 level where again the CCEA Specifications are followed. Those topics covered at GCSE are addressed in greater depth. There is an emphasis on practical work at AS level. Coursework in both AS and A2 is carried out in class.

Please refer to the Subject Choice for AS/A Level Information Booklet for further information on full course details and criteria for entry.

Homework

Years 9-10


Learning homework for test after each topic. Occasional written/ICT homework

Years 11-12


Booklet of past paper questions after each topic to be completed.Learning homework for test after each topic.

Years 13-14


Booklet of past paper questions after each topic to be completed. Learning homework revising for test after each topic.Other written/learning homeworks occasionally.