Science - Biology

Head of Faculty / Teacher of Biology:    Mr M Miccoli
Teacher of Biology:                                   Mrs S Ray                                                                                                    Teacher of Biology:                                   Mr C Hurley                                                                           

The Science department believes that all students should be provided with a balanced Science education, which is both stimulating and enjoyable, and leads to an excellent knowledge and understanding of Science. This will enable the students to cope with life in a modern technological society. It will also give them on understanding of the problems in the world, and how science can be used to help solve them.


We believe in encouraging the natural curiosity of students, and endeavour to provide equal opportunities and an enriching education for students of all abilities. A "hands on" philosophy is engrained in our culture through investigative learning and extensive extra-curricular activities.
There are ten well-resourced purpose built Science laboratories.

 

KS3 INCLUDES YEAR 7 & 8

The topics studied in Year 7 are an Introductory module, nutrition and diet, solids, liquids and gases, cells and organisation, water and solutions, Earth and Space

In Year 8 student study 6 topics: Forces, Reproduction, Earth Science, Human body, Elements, mixtures and compounds and Electricity and electromagnetism.

KS4 INCLUDES YEAR 9, 10 & 11

In Year 9 students are in sets and follow the Separate Science course. The 4 topics studied are Healthy living, Cells and osmosis, Disease, Ecology. Each topic has an end of module test and there is an end of year exam.

Year 10 students continue to follow the Separate Science course. The topics studied are Digestion and transport, Photosynthesis and Respiration. Each topic has an end of module test and there is an end of year exam which determine whether the students are transferred onto the Combined Science course.

In Year 11 there are two studying paths. Those students who are more able study the Separate Science course and the remaining students study the Combined Science course.The topics studied are Homeostasis and response, Genetics and evolution, Ecosystems.

KS5 INCLUDES YEAR 12 & 13

In Year 12 the A level students study cell Biology, biological molecules, cell membranes, transport in animal and plants, infectious diseases, conservation and classification.

 

In Year 13 the A level students study photosynthesis, respiration, genetics, evolution, biotechnology, ecosystems, homeostasis

Additional information / related activities

Additional information / related activities

For KS3 various activities include design and test a rocket car, adopted an animal at a zoo, the Gerbil club, a wildlife photography competition. There is a STEM club with a industry day activity for all Y9.


For GCSE Biology various activities include Biology lectures from guest speakers, a visit to a Biotechnology company, Syngenta.


For A-level Biology there are visits to Primary schools to demonstrate Biological skills, a Field trip to Kimmeridge, a lecture in London from famous Biologists and a trip to a zoo concerning captive breeding programmes. There are also visits by guest speakers show casing what they do in research, or at their work placement such as doctors, nurses, or scientists.

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