At Key Stage three we have chosen to concentrate on one broad theme each year thus enabling pupils to build new knowledge onto secure foundations… This allows all pupils to have the confidence to be curious and ask the big (and small) questions about the world around us.
Biology is a multi-disciplinary subject which encompasses the understanding of all living organisms, including their structure, function, evolution, distribution, and interrelationships. As technology evolves and as scientists ask harder questions, new species are discovered, new cells in the human body are identified and our understanding of how proteins regulate and control biological processes change. Through the medium of the internet information is being shared more rapidly and never before has the integrity of a scientist been more important, the ability to communicate findings to the non-scientist more essential and the task of the non-scientist to be able to interpret what is published in the media more vital.
At the University of Birmingham School we have structured our biology course to enable pupils to understand the importance of good character and to practice the virtue of integrity. Underpinning all our lessons is the development of three main skill areas: knowledge and understanding, scientific communication and data analysis. These skills are essential in allowing pupils to successfully progress through GCSE, A Level and beyond.
At Key Stage three we have chosen to concentrate on one broad theme each year thus enabling pupils to build new knowledge onto secure foundations by maximising the opportunities to revisit fundamental concepts every lesson. This allows all pupils to have the confidence to be curious and ask the big (and small) questions about the world around us. In year 7 pupils begin by learning about cells, the building blocks of all organisms. They then apply their knowledge of cells to the processes involved in reproduction, growth and development, including finding out what controls our characteristics. In year 8 pupils study plants in depth. They zoom in to consider plant structures and functions and how they generate and use energy and then zoom out to find out how this stored energy and other elements is passed on to other organisms when they study ecosystems. In year 9 pupils focus on understanding human physiology, they develop an appreciation of how lifestyle choices influence their health and consider how advancements in medicine are changing the way we treat diseases.
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