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KS3 Biology curriculum

Students are taught Biology as an individual science by a team of amazing subject specialists. The aim of the KS3 Biology curriculum is to instil a passion for the subject, encouraging students to question and explore, whilst developing the key skills that form the basis for success in science. Analysing, applying knowledge and acquisition of scientific language are all key to success in Biology.

During Year 7, we study the foundations of Biology, including cell biology, ecology, reproduction and plant biology. In Year 8 students learn about metabolic processes and enzymes, health and disease and the principles of variation and inheritance.

Pupils are given the opportunity to learn in many different ways, including a range of practical activities. There are regular opportunities for assessment and students are well prepared to extend their knowledge into a GCSE course. 

KS4 Biology curriculum

Students take three separate sciences at GCSE, which are taught from Year 9. The students are currently studying the academically rigorous OCR Gateway A Biology (J247) course.

The course consists of eight key areas: cell level systems, transport in organisms, systems in organisms, ecology, genes and inheritance, global challenges, working scientifically and practical skills.

Students learn using a range of techniques and are encouraged to approach tasks and questions logically, to apply their learning effectively and to articulate their ideas using key scientific terms.

There are regular opportunities for assessment and student progress is tracked, allowing staff to ensure the best possible outcomes at GCSE.