Biology is studied separately to Physics and Chemistry across KS3 and KS4, as we believe it is an important subject in its own right so students have a clear understanding of each discipline within the Science curriculum.
In Year 7, students are introduced to ecosystems and develop their ideas of feeding relationships through food chains and webs. Students then go on to learn about organisms and identify simple plant and animal cells and then move on to covering specialised cells and their adaptations. Students will also look at the human body to investigate how cells, tissues and organs are interrelated. During the Summer term we focus on Genes. We start by looking at inherited and environmental factors which determine our characteristics. We then cover the male and female reproductive systems and stages involved in fetal development.
In Year 8, students learn about the processes of breathing and digestion in the autumn term. They will also learn about nutrition and the effects of some drugs on parts of the human body. This is followed by a study of two key biological processes essential to all life on Earth: Respiration and Photosynthesis. During the summer term we focus on Evolution and Inheritance. Students start by looking at Biodiversity and the theory of natural selection. Finally, the relationship between DNA, chromosomes, and genes, and how inherited characteristics are transferred from parents to offspring during reproduction are covered.(For more detailed information regarding topics covered, please refer to the following website: https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/science/specifications/AQA-SCIENCE-KS3-SYLLABUS.PDF )