Biology

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 the curriculum covers most of the processes of life, as well as photosynthesis and respiration, and links these to the cells, organs and organ systems of both animals and plants. Examples of the organ systems we look at are the digestive and gas exchange systems.  The curriculum examines what we must do to keep these processes working effectively and the potential problems that occur when these things go wrong. Poor nutrition and the impact of how our life choices affect our health are also examined.  Experiments and case studies are completed to help enhance pupils’ learning.  The extra-curricular club for year 7 is the Biology In Action Group.

Year 8

In Year 8 we examine the structure of DNA and the role it plays in inheritance, including how this is achieved through reproduction in plants and animals. We consider the importance of plant reproduction through insect pollination in human food security as well as the interdependence of living organisms and their relationships in an ecosystem.  The impacts of a change in the balance of these and bioaccumulation can lead to extinction and this is also researched. Some of these ideas are examined in a practical way with field work playing a major role at the end of the year. Pupils’ learning of these concepts is enhanced by experiments and case studies. The activities done by the Biology In Action Group are particularly pertinent to the Year 8 curriculum.

Year 9

We start to deliver the GCSE curriculum at the beginning of year 9 by examining genetics and recent developments in this field, with its wider implications. How life has evolved leading to the current levels of biodiversity as well as the threats to it, also forms part of what is covered in year 9 along with keeping healthy. Experiments and field studies play a major part in this year.

Key Stage 4

GCSE BIOLOGY 2016-18 (Year 10)

Course Title Biology B  21st Century
Examination Board OCR
Qualification J257
Specification GCSE
QN Code 601/8506/5
Link to specification http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-biology-b-j257-from-2016/
Summary of course content B1 - You and your genes B2 - Keeping healthy B3 – Living together – food and ecosystems B4 - Using food – controlling growth B5 – The human body – staying alive B6 – Life On Earth – past, present and future B7 – Ideas about Science B8 – Practical skills
How will I be assessed? Terminal Examinations at the end of year 11 – both papers assess content from all 8 sections Paper 1 – Breadth in Biology – 1 hour 45 minutes – 50% Paper 2 – Depth in Biology – 1 hour 45 minutes – 50%
What type of activities take place in lessons? The understanding of biological theories is enhanced through  investigations, experiments, practical activities with numeracy and literacy being embedded into all lessons
What type of homework tasks will be set? Glossaries, research, exam questions and on-line activities
Useful links GCSE BBC Bitesize.  OCR website.
How will this help students in the future? Biology helps us makes sense of the world around us.
How will this course build on Key Stage 3? All topics from KS3 are looked at in more depth
What skills will I develop? Practical, analysis, evaluation, numeracy, literacy, group work, discussion, ability to express ethical ideas and opinions

 

GCSE BIOLOGY 2016-17 (Year 11) LEGACY SYLLABUS

Course Title Biology A
Examination
Board
OCR
Qualification J243
Specification GCSE
QN Code 600/1167/1
Link to
specification
http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-twenty-first-century-science-suite-biology-a-j243-from-2012/
Summary of
course
content
B1 You and your genes B2 Keeping healthy B3 Life on Earth B4 The processes of life B5 Growth and development B6 Brain and mind B7 Further Biology
How will I be assessed? Terminal Examinations at the end of year 11 [75%] Controlled assessment [25%] 
What type of
activities take
place in lessons?
The understanding of biological theories is enhanced through  investigations, experiments, practical activities with numeracy and literacy being embedded into all lessons
What type of homework tasks
will be set?
Glossaries, research, exam questions and on-line activities
Useful links GCSE BBC Bitesize.  OCR website.
How will this help students in the future? It will give you a better awareness and greater understanding of the world around you.
How will this
course build on
Key Stage 3?
All topics from KS3 are looked at in more depth
What Skills will I develop? Practical, analysis, evaluation, numeracy, literacy, group work, discussion, ability to express ethical ideas and opinions