Biology

285A7800

Contact

Head of Science Faculty Dr F Dodds fdodds@lymmhigh.org.uk
Head of Biology Mr P Flynn pflynn@lymmhigh.org.uk

Overview

Biology is a very successful subject with high pass rates at GCSE and A level. Students enjoy high quality, varied lessons with a wide range of opportunities to develop their observational, analytical and experimental skills. Students are encouraged to think independently and appreciate the relevance of their learning.

You can find more information on our Biology curriculum by clicking on the links below.

Overview

Biology is taught within a combined science course in Year 7. In KS3 students learn about the organisation of the human body, health and disease and how living things are classified. Students become aware of the delicate balance in nature through their investigations and critical thinking. They learn how to describe their observations of the world around them and to evaluate their own thinking.

Term 1

Living Systems:

Using microscopes, investigating plant and animal cells and looking at their specialisation, how cells are used to build up organ systems and the musculoskeletal system.

Term 2

Diet & Health:

Evaluating healthy lifestyles and how this can go wrong through abuse of drugs or obesity including dietary requirements, the digestive system and how to ensure a balanced diet.

Term 3

Genetics and Evolution:

Looking at species, variation and adaptations and then building in the role of DNA and mechanism for evolution through natural selection or extinction as well as selective breeding.

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Homework

Homework aims to support classroom learning through a variety of tasks linked to key learning objectives and outcomes.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1

Ensure that they complete their homework

2

Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them

3

Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification.

4 Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising

5

Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible.

Overview

Biology is taught within a combined science course in Year 7. In KS3 students learn about the organisation of the human body, health and disease and how living things are classified. Students become aware of the delicate balance in nature through their investigations and critical thinking. They learn how to describe their observations of the world around them and to evaluate their own thinking.

Term 1

Photosynthesis, respiration and circulation:

The role of leaves in photosynthesis and gas exchange in plants, the need for the minerals from the roots; aerobic and anaerobic respiration in animals and the roles or the respiratory and circulatory system plus the risks associated with smoking.

Term 2

Reproduction and Growth:

The structure of the reproductive systems and mechanisms of reproduction in plants and animals including the process of fertilisation, the role of hormones and pregnancy.

Term 3

Ecosystems:

Food chains and webs, populations and impact of pollution and climate change on habitats and ecosystems.

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Homework

Homework aims to support classroom learning through a variety of tasks linked to key learning objectives and outcomes.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1

Ensure that they complete their homework

2

Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them

3

Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification.

4 Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising

5

Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible.

Overview

Biology is the study of living things. From September 2016 it can be studied within a separate Biology GCSE or as part of a combined course at GCSE called “Trilogy” and the current year 9 students will follow the AQA GCSE courses. From September 2016, all pupils will begin their GCSE studies in science. In all disciplines, this will entail introducing the key concepts and knowledge that will be revisited and built upon as they progress through years 10 and 11.

Term 1

Cells: microscopy, plant and animal cells, cell differentiation and specialisation.

Term 2

Genetics: cell division and the cell cycle, mitosis, stem cells and their uses and cloning.

Term 3

Diffusion, osmosis and active transport and how cells or organisms are adapted for these.

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Homework

Homework is usually set using homework booklets which feature past paper questions. Whenever possible, the questions will focus on prior learning and offer the students regular practise with past paper questions, thus developing their exam technique.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1

Ensure that they complete their homework

2

Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them

3

Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification.

4 Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising

5

Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible.

Useful Information

The AQA website features most of the past papers, and mark schemes from recent years. Students who use this resource wisely are usually very successful in exams.

Overview

In GCSE Biology, students start with the basics: cells. By the end of the course, the students will have a comprehensive knowledge of many aspects of Biology including organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis and response, inheritance, variation, evolution and ecology. The students also complete essential practical work which is now a fundamental part of the course. At the end of year 11, the current year 10 group will complete two exam papers, each worth 50% of the GCSE.

Homework

Homework is usually set using homework booklets which feature past paper questions. Whenever possible, the questions will focus on prior learning and offer the students regular practise with past paper questions, thus developing their exam technique.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1

Ensure that they complete their homework

2

Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them

3

Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification.

4 Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising

5

Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible.

Useful Information

The AQA website features most of the past papers, and mark schemes from recent years. Students who use this resource wisely are usually very successful in exams.

Overview

The current year 11 group are studying the GCSE Biology (4401) specification, a course that will finish at the end of this academic year. They will complete three units: B1, B2 and B3 and sit an exam on each of these units at the end of year 11. Each exam will count towards 25% of their GCSE. The remaining 25% will come from a piece of coursework or “CAU” that they will complete in class.

Homework

Homework is usually set using homework booklets which feature past paper questions. Whenever possible, the questions will focus on prior learning and offer the students regular practise with past paper questions, thus developing their exam technique.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1

Ensure that they complete their homework

2

Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them

3

Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification.

4 Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising

5

Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible.

Useful Information

The AQA website features most of the past papers, and mark schemes from recent years. Students who use this resource wisely are usually very successful in exams.

Overview

At this level students will study many areas of Biology in detail and be working towards the three exams at the end of year 13. In addition to the grade that the students receive at the end of the course, they will also receive a “pass” or “fail” for their practical work throughout the two years.

Term 1

Students study 3.1, where they learn about Biological molecules such as carbohydrates, lipids and proteins. They also learn about the structure and function of both DNA and RNA. In addition to this, they also study 3.2, where they learn about cells, their structure, movement of substances in and out of cells and the immune system. The students will cover at least three required practicals this term.

Term 2

Students study 3.3, where they learn about how Organisms exchange substances with their environment. This includes studying how gas exchange occurs in plants and animals, detail on gas exchange in humans and movement of substances in plants and animals. In addition to this, they also study 3.4, where they learn about genes and how they code for the production of proteins within organisms, the synthesis of these proteins, the effects of mutations, cell division and diversity in species and communities. The students will cover at least three required practicals this term.

Term 3

Students will sit and end-of year exam of a standard similar to an AS. They will use this time to prepare for this exam and also move on to units from year 13, such as ecology field techniques, photosynthesis and respiration. There will be opportunities in this term for students to catch up with any required practicals that they may have missed and we also run our field course to Tynny Felin during this term.

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Homework

Homework is usually set using homework booklets which feature past paper questions. Whenever possible, the questions will focus on prior learning and offer the students regular practise with past paper questions, thus developing their exam technique.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1

Ensure that they complete their homework

2

Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them

3

Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification.

4 Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising

5

Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible.

Useful Information

The AQA website features most of the past papers, and mark schemes from recent years. Students who use this resource wisely are usually very successful in exams.

Overview

At this level students will study many areas of Biology in detail and be working towards the three exams at the end of year 13. In addition to the grade that the students receive at the end of the course, they will also receive a “pass” or “fail” for their practical work throughout the two years.

The students will learn four new units this year.

Term 1

In this term they will learn about photosynthesis and respiration in detail in unit 3.5. In 3.6 they will learn about how organisms respond to their environment. During this term they will also complete at least three of the required practicals. At this stage, we expect students to be developing excellent practical skills as they work towards being awarded their practical competency.

Term 2

In this term the students learn about genetics and populations in unit 3.7 and about the control of gene expression in unit 3.8. The students will complete the remaining three required practicals this term and will work on any areas of their practical skills that still need to be developed before a “pass” can be awarded for this section of the course. Exam preparation and technique will feature more prominently this term

Term 3

This term focuses on developing exam technique through revision of topics and past paper question practise. Any students that still need to develop practical skills can work on these during this term. The students will sit three exams at the end of the course.

Knowledge Organiser

Homework

Homework is usually set using homework booklets which feature past paper questions. Whenever possible, the questions will focus on prior learning and offer the students regular practise with past paper questions, thus developing their exam technique.

5 ways I can help my son/daughter

1

Ensure that they complete their homework

2

Ensure that they know when assessments are taking place and are doing the necessary revision for them

3

Ensure that they use their PLCs (personal learning checklists) in order to self-check what they have covered in the specification.

4 Ensure that they use their PLCs when revising

5

Ensure that they are using the AQA website to download, and complete, as many past papers as possible.

Useful Information

The AQA website features most of the past papers, and mark schemes from recent years. Students who use this resource wisely are usually very successful in exams.