Biology

Overview

Biology is the study of living organisms and their environments. During the last century, our knowledge of Biology has expanded at a staggering rate, and we now take for granted many of the greatest advances in Biology and medicine, which have improved our health and general lifestyle. The biological sciences are the most diverse of subjects – from molecular Biology to the biosphere.

A qualification in Biology equips you with key skills: literacy, numeracy, social awareness, and an ability to make connections between natural, social, economic, political and technological fields.

The department aims:

  • To provide Biology teaching of the highest quality in an environment that encourages a high quality of learning, good relationships and scientific integrity.
  • To engage, motivate and challenge all students and to develop an interest in and enjoyment of the study of living organisms.
  • To encourage the spirit of enquiry and tolerance of others’ views.
  • We encourage an attitude of curiosity and scientific enquiry and to give a variety and range of work for learning and understanding biological principles.

We do this by delivering lessons which maintain a balance between biological theory, demonstration and students’ experimental work.

Curriculum

Biology is a core subject taught by subject specialists at all key stages. Average class sizes are 24 for key stage 3 and 20 for key stage 4.

In Year 7 and 8 we cover the KS3 curriculum. We have a practical approach to our teaching and include the teaching of scientific skills. We teach Biology through problem solving and set challenging and motivating tasks as well as practical activities we include quizzes and word games, card sorts and loop games.

Areas Studied:

Year 7 Year 8
Cells Diet and Digestion
Soil Health
Reproduction Movement
Diet and Digestion Respiration
Variation

In Years 9 to 11 students follow the Edexcel International GCSE Biology course.

Trips, activities and clubs

Students in Year 8 and 9 enter a poster competition organised by the Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee.

Year 9 students study sand dune succession and rocky shore ecology at Botany Bay, Margate.

Students in Year 10 take the Biology Challenge.

Year 11 students attend Science Live, a day of talks and demonstrations specifically aimed at inspiring and enthusing GCSE students to continue with sciences to a higher level.

Staff

  • Mrs C Hobbs BSc (Head of Biology)
  • Mrs N Campbell
  • Mrs H Clough BSc (part-time)
  • Mr P Ormanczyk BSc
  • Mrs J Perry BSc