Biology

In Science, we aim to encourage students to develop confidence, knowledge and skills to find answers to questions about the workings of the biological, chemical and physical world and become better informed citizens. We also aim to take a confident part in public debate and decision making about Science, and to value scientific contributions and achievements.

  • At Key Stage 3, students follow an accelerated course which covers the basic principles in Biology. Topics include reproduction, respiration, photosynthesis, health and digestion.
  • At Key Stage 4, students study Biology as part of the AQA Science Double Award (GCSE) or the Triple Science (GCSE).
  • At Key Stage 5, students follow the AQA specification. This specification aims to build on GCSE knowledge and is an excellent foundation for university studies.

Co-Curriculum

Science club is available to all students, offering a range of fun activities and experiments.

Year 12 and 13 students can attend the Medical Society. This year students are working with scientists at the Wellcome Genome Campus to help identify all of the genes in the human whipworm genome.

Every year we celebrate Science Week and Biology Week by offering a number of events. This year during Biology Week, students had the opportunity to attend ‘Dissection Club’, a Biology debate and the ‘VIVIT Experience’, which involved an autopsy using a semi –synthetic cadaver.

We offer the opportunity to take part in the Biology Challenge and British Biology Olympiad competitions.

Year 10 Triple Science students had the opportunity to attend lectures by top scientists at the GCSE Science Live Lectures.  The day consisted of fascinating and inspiring lectures from a range of well-known leading scientists who have all played important roles in making science more accessible and engaging for public consumption.

The lively lectures were provided by;

– Prof Robert Winston

– Prof Andrea Sella

– Prof Jim Al-Khalili

– Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

– Prof Alice Roberts

 

Head of Biology: Mrs Bentley r.bentley@newhallschool.co.uk

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