KS3 (Years 7 & 8)
We aim to promote an interest in life sciences, using up-to-date teaching strategies and the best possible facilities. Each year at KS3, a term is devoted to studying biology, expanding notions of science learnt at KS2 as well as introducing new knowledge. In year 7, students learn about cells, their reproduction, adaptation and variation, inheritance and selection. In year 8, students discover microbes and diseases, plants and photosynthesis, ecological relationships, digestion, the use of plants for food, respiration and keeping fit and healthy. The aim is also for students to acquire key practical skills and terminology that is then developed further at KS4.
In year 7, students will visit Drusillas Park during an educational trip. In year 8 they will explore the National History Museum.
Year 7 and year 8 students are welcome to the weekly Science Technology Engineering and Maths club.
KS4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)
Examination Board: AQA
In year 9, every pupil studies biology in preparation for his or her GCSEs. In years 10 and 11, students are placed in two sets. One group will prepare for the biology GCSE whist the second group will work towards the combined science double GCSE.
The range of topics is varied, increasing knowledge and passion for biology. It includes keeping healthy, nerves and hormones, the use and abuse of drugs, interdependence and adaptation, energy and biomass in food chains, waste materials, genetic variation and its control, evolution, cells and simple cell transport, tissues, organs and organ systems, photosynthesis, organisms and their environment, proteins – their functions and uses, aerobic and anaerobic respiration, cell division and inheritance, speciation, movement of molecules in and out of cells, transport systems in plants and animals, homeostasis, humans and their environment. During the course of KS4, students develop further their investigative and analytical skills, trying to expand models explaining processes around us.
Year 9 students visit the Science Museum in South Kensington to relate their learning to modern discoveries and recent applications of biology. In year 10, the gifted students in biology attend a one day series of scientific lectures in London to further light up their interest towards biology and introduce them to what lies beyond GCSE and A-level studies. Year 9 and year 10 students are also welcome to attend the weekly STEM Club.