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

Year 7 and 8

In Year 7 and 8, students have two lessons per week of Biology and one piece of homework will be set. Students will study a variety of topics including:

Year 7Year 8
CellsMovement
SoilUnderstanding Experiments
ReproductionFrom Food to Cells
Diet and DigestionBlood and Circulation
Variation

We provide students with a textbook and folders.

GCSE

Biology is a core subject. We begin teaching the Edexcel International GCSE in Year 9.

At GCSE, students have three lessons of Biology per week in Year 9 followed by four per week in Years 10 and 11 and one piece of homework will be set each week. Full details can be found in the specification but topics include:

Year 9Year 10Year 11
The Nature and Variety of Living OrganismsCell Structure and Movement In and Out of CellsRespiration and Gas Exchange
PhotosynthesisExcretionTransport in Humans
Nutrition in HumansHuman Co-ordination and Response, HomeostasisCell Division and Inheritance
Food ProductionPlant Co-ordination and ResponseHuman Reproduction
Ecology and the EnvironmentPlant TransportCloning and Selective Breeding
The Nervous SystemGenetic Modification
Reproduction in PlantsFood and Energy
Cycles within Ecosystems

In Year 10 a small group of students will be selected to follow the AQA (Trilogy) Combined Science route to GCSE, the same course followed by the majority of students countrywide, and which allows additional support to be provided.

The course is examined by one 2 hour and one 1 hour 15 minute exams at the end of Year 11.

Trips, activities and clubs

In addition to our teaching there are a range of opportunities to support the development of Biology knowledge including:

  • 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.
  • Junior Science Club
  • Weekly clinic to support Year 10 and 11 IGCSE students.

Staff

  • Mrs C Hobbs BSc (Head of Biology)
  • Mrs N Colwell BSc
  • Mr S Marlow BSc
  • Miss M Pokorny BSc
  • Mr A Merrett BSc
  • Mrs J Perry BSc (part-time)
  • Mrs L Harrex

Recent trips, activities and clubs gallery