Biology

Img 9024ce copySUBJECT INTRODUCTION

‘Good teaching and learning’. That has been the Science Department’s focus in the last 8 years. We have achieved this – reflected in our continued success of the last 7 years. CORE Grades have averaged 80% A*-C (24% above the national average). Additional Science Grades have also remained high. We are continuing to attain our goal of ‘outstanding teaching and learning’.

  • We are the largest department in the School as Science is a CORE subject (with effectively 3 subjects combined – Biology, Chemistry and Physics). We have a Head of Department (KS4 Responsibility) and a Second in Department (KS3 Responsibility). We have heads of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We have six experienced teachers (5 full time, 1 part time). We all have vast experience (and success) at delivering the GCSE Curriculum with three Biologists, two Chemists and one Physics specialist.
  • There are 4 large laboratories, which have Fume Cupboards and the standard equipment necessary for delivering Science to a GCSE Level, as a practical subject.
  • Our new 6th Form block has 3 laboratories, dedicated to AS/A2 Level teaching of Chemistry and Physics.

STAFFING AND FACILITIES

The department has eight teaching staff and three technicians.

  • Mr Khodabacksh – Head of Department/ KS4 Coordinator
  • Mrs Mbanefo – Deputy Head of Science/ KS3 Coordinator
  • Ms Bell – Head of Chemistry
  • Mrs Hichson-Kucickova - Biology Specialist
  • Ms Knowles - Chemistry Specialist
  • Ms Jin - Biology Specialist
  • Mrs McKean - Chemistry Specialist
  • Mr Hartnett - Physics Specialist
  • Mr Gasparro – Senior ScienceTechnician
  • Ms Puri Rubio – Science Technician
  • Ms Tara Martin - Science Technician

THE CURRICULUM

A LEVEL - KEY STAGE 5 / SIXTH FORM

AS Biology is a challenging and fascinating subject that is relevant in our daily lives. During the AS course you will study cellular processes and structures, important molecules in living cells, enzyme function, transport systems in plants and animals, gaseous exchange, lifestyle and disease, classification and diversity of organism.

Progress will be checked via homework and testing, each week.

At A2, these units are further developed to include many physiological processes including respiration, photosynthesis, homeostasis and responses in plants, and the structure and function of the nervous system.  Additionally, work is done on protein synthesis, biotechnology, genetic engineering, ecosystems and animal behaviour.

  • AS: two written examinations plus coursework (research report)
  • A2: two written examinations plus practical based coursework

There are 9 lessons over the two week timetable taught by 3 Biology specialist teachers.

Both courses have practical components that are assessed in years 12 and 13.  This includes field work and the study of organisms in their natural environment.

ENRICHMENT & EXTRA-CURRICULAR

Recently we allowed the BBC to trial their Christmas Science Lectures with our Gifted and Talented Year 10 and Year 12 students. We have run Trips to The Institute of Education in London, with lectures on specific topics that the pupils are studying.

Science permeates through ALL aspects of our society, from the recycling bins that our Department funded to the understanding of ‘reproduction’ – with social, moral and ethical Issues. It would be impossible to list specific relevance as it is an ‘over-reaching’ subject.

LIFE AFTER CHRIST'S

The possibilities range from medicine to agriculture, forensics to zoology.  Almost any degree will accept A-level biology.

LINKS & RESOURCES

BBC Bitesize is a good source of information, however ‘the World’ is Science – you cannot miss it!

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