Biology

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In Year 7 the curriculum covers most of the processes of life, including reproduction in plants and animals, and links these to the cells, organs and organ systems of both. 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. Experiments and case studies are completed to help enhance pupils’ learning.

Year 8

In Year 8 we begin by looking at health and lifestyle and consider how poor nutrition and other lifestyle choices affect our health. We consider the interdependence of living organisms and their relationships in an ecosystem, as well as the importance of plant reproduction through insect pollination in human food security. The impacts of a change in the balance of these and bioaccumulation can lead to extinction and this is also researched. Many of these concepts are examined in a practical way, enhanced by experiments and case studies. We end the year looking at adaptation of a variety of species, linking this to inheritance, natural selection and evolution.

Year 9

We start to deliver the GCSE curriculum in year 9 by examining cells and genetic material. This is linked to why we look like we do, as well as what happens when mutations and genetic variants occur. Inheritance and Mendel’s work in this field is replicated through the completion of genetic diagrams and we also research more recent developments that have occurred as a result of the human genome project and genetic engineering.

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