Curriculum

Biology Curriculum

Intent

At Mayesbrook Park we believe that Biology has something to offer every student and opens up a world of opportunities.   Biology is an engaging subject with a high level of practical activities to support learning and enthuse the students. 

Our teaching seeks to engage and challenge students of all abilities and all aspirations. We follow the AQA syllabus at GCSE as it has a clear straightforward style. This gives all students the opportunity to realise their potential by Year 11 and allows students to re-engage with mainstream. 

We want students to interleave their knowledge from Maths, English, PE and healthy living within biology. We want to develop resilience through the practise of a ‘scientific approach’,  that develops their own thinking and develops writing skills. 

We want students to have the ability to reflect and be critical about their own learning but also to be able to celebrate successes they have had in Biology with regards to the work they have produced. 

Implementation 

Students in all years study a range of topics that underpin the study of Biology in KS3 & 4.  Classes have three lessons a week.

There’s no better way to learn about Biology than through purposeful practical activities as part of teaching and learning. We want students to do as many of the ten required practicals for the GCSE as possible and through these develop the use of  straightforward, precise scientific  language. Students develop a sense of pride within their exercise books and extended spoken and written responses. This in turn allows them to feel a confident sense of achievement and success within this subject which develops their confidence.

We want students to develop practical skills including the use of microscopes and know about health, cell biology, infection, digestion of food and ecology. A strong literacy focus with an emphasis on extended writing will enhance student outcomes utilising pictorial key word displays and decoding of scientific language. This approach will allow all students to make progress. 

Students will have the opportunity to practise exam questions and use self-assessment to analyse their performance. Independent learning and catch-up learning will be developed through on-line learning for example through the use of My GCSE and Google classrooms.

Key words to know and remember  - Data, Error, Anomalies, Evidence, Fair test, Hypothesis, Prediction, Range, Repeatable, Reproducible, scientific method.

Impact

Students take the skills and knowledge they have acquired and are able to transfer these to other subjects for example maths. In a wider context, they will be more aware of their local and global environments through the themes covered, thus developing their cultural capital.

We also aim to support future learning and transitions. Students will have learnt about real world practical applications of their biological knowledge and we aim for this to be useful in opening a wide range of vocational and educational opportunities post-16. 

Year 11 results

Awarding Body: AQA

2021

Grade 4+ = 21%

2019 

Biology

Grade 4+ NA

Chemistry

Grades 1-3 = 53%