Our Biology Department aims to enthuse young people with an appreciation of the living world, and our place within it, through a multitude of experiences.
What we study in Biology
We teach Biology from Junior 7 and have tailored our lessons around the Curriculum for Excellence and place a strong focus on pupils' engagement in the learning experience.
In S3 and S4 we teach the new National 5 Biology course. This course follows a similar design to the Higher and Advanced Higher courses, including the three units Cell biology, Multicellular organisms and Life on earth. In addition the course requires the development of problem solving skills, practical work and report writing and the completion of an extensive assignment.
Our last cohort of Standard Grade pupils in 2013 did themselves proud achieving a 100% pass rate, with 80% achieving a Credit pass.
We also offer Higher Human Biology to our senior pupils. This is an enjoyable and relevant course, particularly for pupils going on to study biomedical sciences, medicine or veterinary medicine. We present a large number of Higher candidates every year; this year 80% of our candidates achieved a pass at Grades A, B or C.
For S6 pupils, we offer Advanced Higher Biology, which is an introduction to university level biology within the school environment. We have seen incremental uptake over the last couple of years. This year, our seven Advanced Higher candidates achieved phenomenal results in both their exam and investigation. A grade A was achieved by six out of the seven candidates and a grade C was achieved by the seventh candidate. Not surprisingly all seven candidates have moved onto scientific destinations!
Meet the staff
Mrs Sweeney, Head of Biology
Mrs Sweeney has been at Craigholme for 14 years and thoroughly enjoys teaching S2 to S6 Biology. Life at Craigholme is never dull and other areas she is involved in include: Health & Safety and Assessment & Reporting.
Mrs Sweeney has had many great experiences with Craigholme from visits to Edinburgh Zoo, the wind farm and hydroelectric power station, the Modern Languages trip to the Black Forest and a host of social, cake-eating events! However, her passion remains teaching Biology to the girls.
These are some of our favourite websites for pupils:
For National 5 Biology revision: BBC Bitesize
For Higher Human Biology and Advanced Higher cell biology: Scholar
For all certificated courses: TWIG