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, Genes and Evolution
Skills Developed
  • Use of microscopes
  • Modelling cell structure
  • Drawing line graphs
  • Planning investigations
  • Identifying risks
  • Collecting and Recording Results

Year 8

Key Topics Covered
  • Photosynthesis
  • Diet and Digestion
  • Respiration, Breathing and Circulation
  • Distribution of organisms
Skills Developed
  • Planning investigations
  • Designing Results Tables and Collecting Data
  • Analysing and Evaluating Results
  • Sampling strategies
How is This Subject Assessed?

The pupils take a test at the end of each topic. These are designed not only to enable pupils to be given a forecast grade but most importantly to identify any areas that pupils need to revisit. In addition to these tests, pupils will also plan and carry out investigations. Pupils 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 data they have collected and their experimental methods. Assessment will be a mixture of self, peer and teacher assessment.