Vision:

Biology is the study of ‘Life, in all its fullness’!

The 21st Century is and will be an era of bioinformatics, biotechnology and environmental concern and consequence. The Biology department aims to provide pupils with the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills to allow them to make informed decisions about issues that will affect their own and others’ lives. This will enable them to become effective contributors to the societies of today and tomorrow.

We aim to enhance and develop our students’ scientific skills, encouraging them to become independent learners who know ‘How to Work Scientifically’ and are capable of recalling, applying, analysing and evaluating biological knowledge & understanding. The department aims to motivate and inspire pupils thus raising standards within the subject specifically but also within science generally.

The courses we currently offer, and will offer in the future, will allow pupils to create and move along a personalised pathway suited to their own individual aptitude and interest.

 

Staff:

        Mr S. Irwin – Curriculum Leader

        Mr P. Evans – Assistant Headteacher

        Ms K. McCullough – BTEC Lead

        Mr E. Robertson

Courses: 

Key Stage 3 – N.C. based around Smart Science Scheme

Year 7

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Living systems;

Lesson 1: Using a microscope

Lesson 2: Looking at animal cells

Lesson 3: Looking at plant cells

Lesson 4: The role of diffusion

Lesson 5: Adaptations of unicellular organisms

Lesson 6: Cells, tissues, organs and systems

Lesson 7: The human skeleton

Lesson 8: Muscles 

Lesson 9: Muscles and movement

Lesson 10: Joints

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Diet and health:

Lesson 1: A balanced diet 

Lesson 2: The human digestive system

Lesson 3: Digesting food

Lesson 4: Bacteria and digestion

Lesson 5: Food tests

Lesson 6: A closer look at the food groups

Lesson 7: Malnutrition and obesity

Lesson 8: Energy requirements

Lesson 9: Drugs

Lesson 10: Drug misuse

biodiversity

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Genetics and evolution;

Lesson 1: What is a species? 

Lesson 2: Variation within a species

Lesson 3: Heredity

Lesson 4: Chromosomes, genes and DNA

Lesson 5: The DNA model

Lesson 6: Adaptation

Lesson 7: Natural selection and evolution

Lesson 8: Selective breeding

Lesson 9: Extinction

Lesson 10: Gene banks and

Year 8

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Photosynthesis, Respiration & Circulation;

Lesson 1: Photosynthesis

Lesson 2: Leaves and photosynthesis

Lesson 3: Minerals from the soil

Lesson 4: Gas exchange in plants

Lesson 5: Breathing

Lesson 6: Aerobic respiration and energy

Lesson 7: Anaerobic respiration in humans and micro-organisms

Lesson 8: The circulatory system and blood

Lesson 9: The heart

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Reproduction & Growth;

Lesson 1: Reproduction

Lesson 2: Reproduction in plants: flowers and pollination

Lesson 3: Fertilisation and seed and fruit formation

Lesson 4: Seed dispersal

Lesson 5: Reproduction in humans: male and female sex organs

Lesson 6: Gametes and fertilisation

Lesson 7: Menstruation

Lesson 8: Pregnancy & Birth

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Ecosystems;

Lesson 1: Ecosystems

Lesson 2: Food chains

Lesson 3: Food webs and pyramids of numbers

Lesson 4: The importance of insects in crop pollination

Lesson 5: Populations

Lesson 6: Effect of human population increase on the environment

Lesson 7: Bio-magnification including water pollution

Lesson 8: Air pollution

Lesson 9: Effects of climate change

Lesson 10: Protecting the environment

Year 9 (N.B. KS4)

Sets 1-7 are taught by specialist Biology, Chemistry & Physics teachers.

Block 1: Topics & Content:

Unit 1: Cell Biology;

Cell structure, function, specialisation, microscopy, cell transport, cell division, stem cells.

Unit 2: Organisation of Living Things;

Tissues & organs, digestive system, food tests, enzymes and reactions.

Block 2 Topics & Content:

Unit 2 continued…;

Heart & circulation, breathing, health & non-communicable disease, plant organs & systems.

Unit 3: Infection & Response;

Pathogens, disease, defence, vaccination, medicines, testing new medicines.

Key Stage 4 – AQA Separate Science (Biology)8461/Combined Science (Trilogy) 8464

Year 10

NB – Separate Biology is an option and topics relating to this are in bold

Sets 1-7 are taught by specialist Biology, Chemistry & Physics teachers.

Block 1 Topics & Content:

Unit 4: Bioenergetics;

Photosynthesis, plant growth, respiration, exercise & fitness, metabolism.

The eye, the brain, plant disease & defence.

Unit 5: Homeostasis & Response;

Nervous system, reflexes, endocrine system, blood glucose control, menstrual cycle & controlling fertility, adrenaline, thyroxine.

Excretion & osmoregulation, thermoregulation, plant hormones.

Block 2 Topics & Content:

Unit 7: Ecology;

Adaptation, competition, biotic & abiotic factors, interdependence, feeding relationships, human population growth, land use, pollution, climate change, biodiversity.

Trophic Levels, pyramid diagrams, decay, food production.

Year 11

NB – Separate Biology is an option and topics relating to this are in bold.

Sets 1-6 are taught by specialist Biology, Chemistry & Physics teachers.

Block 1 Topics & Content:

Unit 7: Ecology;

Adaptation, competition, biotic & abiotic factors, interdependence, feeding relationships, human population growth, land use, pollution, climate change, biodiversity.

Trophic Levels, pyramid diagrams, decay, food production.

Unit 6: Inheritance, Variation & Evolution;

Sexual/Asexual reproduction, DNA, chromosomes, meiosis. 

Cloning, DNA structure & proteins, theories of evolution, speciation

Block 2 Topics & Content:

Unit 6 cont…;

Inheritance, mutation, variation, GM, selective breeding, evolution by natural selection. Genetic understanding.

Revision

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Revision

Key Stage 5 – AQA Advanced Level Biology 7042

Year 12

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Biological molecules; carbs, lipids, proteins, enzymes, nucleic acids, water, ions.

Cells; eukaryotic, prokaryotic, viruses, microscopy, cell fractionation, transport, mitosis.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Cells; cell recognition, immunity.

Exchange in organisms; gas exchange in insects, fish, mammals, plants, digestion, mass transport in plants & mammals.

Genetic Variation, Selection & Relationships; genetic code, protein synthesis, meiosis

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Protein synthesis, genetic diversity, classification, biodiversity, adaptation & selection.

Energy Transfer; photosynthesis, nutrient cycles, energy flow through ecosystems, populations, investigating populations & succession (fieldwork).

Year 13

Term 1 Topics & Content:

Energy Transfer; respiration, energy flow through ecosystems.

Organisms are sensitive & respond to stimuli; nerve impulse, synapses, muscle contraction, receptors, simple responses, homeostasis, blood glucose, osmoregulation.

Term 2 Topics & Content:

Genetics, Populations & Evolution; Mendelian inheritance, population genetics, selection, evolution & speciation.

Control of gene expression; regulation of protein synthesis, epigenetics, genome projects, gene technology – sequencing, GM, profiling.

Term 3 Topics & Content:

Revision

Out of Hours Activities (what, when, where):

Weds night Y11 catch-up.

Department Website Links (including exam boards, revision sites etc):

A-Level:

AQA: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

Mr Exham Biology: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHQBmp572eHNBhvO2xKXBLQ

Craig Savage: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCl1GBvlo2LtATc1YPFOX3hA

Mr Pollock Biology: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyCNsPR1je9aSyMeAtA2N2w

GCSE:

AQA: Separate Biology:  https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

           Trilogy: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464

Freesciencelessons: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

Stated Clearly: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_cznB5YZZmvAmeq7Y3EriQ

Bitesize:  https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels/z98jmp3