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Figures, Rudiments, Lower Grammar

The Biology course in the final years at SMH and the first year at the College uses the KS3 section of the National Curriculum as a basis and is intended as a sound preparation for GCSE.

We ensure that our pupils are able to plan different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary; take measurements, using a range of scientific equipment, taking repeat readings when appropriate: record data and results of increasing complexity using scientific diagrams and labels, classification keys, tables, scatter graphs, bar and line graphs; use test results to make predictions to set up further comparative and fair tests; report and present findings from enquiries, including conclusions, causal relationships and explanations of and degree of trust in results, in oral and written forms such as displays and other presentations and identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute ideas or arguments.

Or students are interested by and engaged in the world around them, enjoying the study of topics such as:

  • Structure and function of living organisms
  • Cells and organisation
  • The skeletal and muscular systems
  • Nutrition and digestion
  • Gas exchange systems
  • Reproduction
  • Health
  • Material cycles and energy
  • Photosynthesis
  • Cellular respiration
  • Interactions and interdependencies
  • Relationships in an ecosystem
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes