Key Stage 3 Biology
Biology is the science of life, from the molecules that make up cells to whole organisms, and how these organisms interact with each other in ecosystems. It is a very varied and fast-moving science with biologists studying many different areas from ecology to evolution.

Year 7

Key Topics Covered
  • Cells and Microscopy
  • Organisation (including the musculo-skeletal system)
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Human Reproduction
  • Variation
Skills Developed
  • Use of microscopes
  • Modelling cell structure Drawing line graphs
  • Planning investigations
  • Identifying risks
  • Collecting & Recording Results

Year 8

Key Topics Covered
  • Photosynthesis
  • Diet & Digestion
  • Respiration, Breathing & Circulation
  • Distribution of organisms
Skills Developed
  • Planning investigations
  • Designing Results Tables & Collecting Data
  • Analysing & Evaluating Results
  • Sampling strategies

Year 9

Key Topics Covered
  • Environment & Populations
  • Diet Energy & Health
  • Inheritance & Selection
Skills Developed
  • Analysing & Evaluating Data
  • Techniques for measuring populations
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How is This Subject Assessed?

The students take a test at the end of each topic. These are designed not only to enable students to be given a forecast grade but most importantly to identify any areas that students need to revisit. In addition to these tests, students will also plan and carry out investigations. Students will be assessed on their ability to design investigations, to set up and use apparatus, and to collect, record and analyse their results. They will also be expected to evaluate the quality of the data they have collected and their experimental methods.  Assessment will be a mixture of self, peer and teacher assessment.