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.
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 7||Year 8|
|Reproduction||From Food to Cells|
|Diet and Digestion||Blood and Circulation|
We provide students with a textbook and folders.
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 9||Year 10||Year 11|
|The Nature and Variety of Living Organisms||Cell Structure and Movement In and Out of Cells||Respiration and Gas Exchange|
|Photosynthesis||Excretion||Transport in Humans|
|Nutrition in Humans||Human Co-ordination and Response, Homeostasis||Cell Division and Inheritance|
|Food Production||Plant Co-ordination and Response||Human Reproduction|
|Ecology and the Environment||Plant Transport||Cloning and Selective Breeding|
|The Nervous System||Genetic Modification|
|Reproduction in Plants||Food and Energy|
|Cycles within Ecosystems|
While the majority of students at the end of Year 9 continue to study for the three separate Science GCSEs, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, some students will be chosen to follow the Dual Award Syllabus for Years 10 and 11. Culminating in two GCSE grades, the Dual Award follows the AQA Combined Science Trilogy syllabus, and is the normal route for most students in the UK. This course examines approximately two thirds of each of the three separate sciences and therefore provides an opportunity for students to review Year 9 work thoroughly and more time to learn and revise. Decisions on which students follow each route is decided based on success throughout Year 9 and significantly on the end of year examinations.
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.
- 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