AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

‘What can be more curious than that the hand of a man, formed for grasping, that of a mole for digging, the leg of a horse, the paddle of a porpoise, and the wing of a bat should all be constructed on the same pattern and should include similar bones, and in the same relative positions?’ Charles Darwin, 1859

In searching for the secrets of life, biologists remain in awe and wonder of the structure of living organisms. No stone has been left unturned in the quest for the structure of life: the forces that drive creatures over land, sea and through the air; the forces that produce equatorial forests and the fungi that decay them; the forces acting on single cells and the ecosystems of the planet. Working through evolution and genetics the force of life is incredibly powerful and adaptable.

Studying biology at Red House engages young minds in some of the most interesting scientific theories, allowing pupils to discover the wonders of the natural world as part of their studies.

CURRICULUM

In Year 7 pupils explore the basis of life, cells, nutrition and digestion, respiration, the musculoskeletal system and how organisms interact with each other and how they have become adapted to their surroundings. In Year 8 we cover human and plant reproduction, health and fitness and also genetics and inheritance.

In Year 9 we begin to introduce AQA GCSE topics, building on the foundations set in Year 7 and 8. These include healthy bodies, coordination and control and the use and abuse of drugs.

In Years 10 and 11 pupils continue to follow the AQA GCSE specification, including cells, human physiology, homeostasis, plant physiology, immunity, microbiology, ecology, genetics and evolution. Pupils will also be required to complete several ISAs for their GCSE examinations.

Teaching and learning styles include traditional methods, as well as practicals, videos, field work, visits and invited speakers. Paper and 3D models are made as well as a variety of prepared models and living organisms being used to illustrate topics. The pupils produce diagrams, summaries and posters in their work as well as doing written accounts, presentations, tests and questions.

ICT is used in the delivery of many lessons by animated PowerPoint and interactive whiteboard presentations, iPad apps and by pupils for research projects. A powerful digital microscope is used for class demonstrations of plant and animal structures.