Welcome to Biology
"It seems to be that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living." David Attenborough
The term Biology means the study of all living things. Life seems so simple, but it is actually very complex. Seeing that you are alive, it is a very important subject for you, as it helps you understand how your genes make you the person you are. Biology helps to explain how your body works by explaining processes such as respiration, digestion, ventilation, circulation and reproduction, this is fascinating stuff. In this subject you will get the opportunity to discuss controversial subjects such as climate change, IVF treatment and genetic engineering. Have you ever wondered why a zebra has stripes or considered how plants stay alive? Can you say for certain if a virus is living or dead? Life is full of questions, Biology tries to answer them!
- Mrs L Megarry
- Mr M Goodman
- Mrs N Devine
- Mrs P Ford
- Mr R Smith
Key Stage 3:
At KS3 students have 6 hours of Science per fortnight. Throughout the year, this time is equally split between Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. From Year 8 students are set according to ability; we believe this enables classes to have the best conditions for effective learning and teaching and to provide achievement for all.
Key Stage 4:
At KS4 we offer different GCSE programmes, in order to complement the strengths of the learner. All the GCSE Science students follow the AQA specification and are taught 10 hours per fortnight.
GCSE Biology - students study a variety of units and complete a practical examination in controlled assessment conditions.
GCSE Science A - Year 10 students cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics units, the results of which are combined to give one GCSE grade. They also complete a practical examination.
GCSE Additional Science - Year 11 students cover Biology, Chemistry and Physics units, the results of which are combined to give one GCSE grade. They also complete a practical examination.
GCSE Additional Applied Science - Year 11 students consider some of the knowledge and understanding required by particular scientists and the type of work and investigations they undertake. The subject content is set in three contexts: sports science (Physics), food science (Biology) and forensic science (Chemistry). As well as the examination, students complete 2 pieces of coursework.
Key Stage 5:
'A' Level Biology is a fantastic opportunity to develop both important practical skills and scientific knowledge. 'A' level Biology will enable you to develop the confidence and key skills which will open up doors and opportunities for you in the future. The course follows the Salters Nuffield Advanced Biology specification and students have 10 hours a fortnight of taught lessons.
The faculty has 10 well equipped and modern science labs with fitted data projectors and access to a research quality observatory. Four of the labs contain interactive whiteboards, while there is access to 120 laptops which run the latest Windows Operating System and Office Package. The department invests in ICT provision to support learning and teaching. Courses are supported by resources from the online Kerboodle platform, Sam Learning, Boardworks and Multimedia Science. To enhance practical work, the faculty has 30 state-of-the-art touch screen data loggers.
Science offers many extra-curricular clubs and support sessions, including:
- Eco Committee - environmental activities
- Weekly KS3 Science Club
- Weekly revision sessions for GCSE students
- Weekly BTEC support sessions
- Regular Astronomy Evenings
- Lots of in-school and extra-curricular science activities during Science Week