Biology

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.

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We teach Biology from Junior 7 to S6 and have tailored our lessons around the Curriculum for Excellence. We place a strong focus on pupils' engagement in the learning experience and aim to make all lessons as active as possible. Biology is the study of living things and we hope to enthuse our pupils with a life-long interest in the subject.

Science specialists teach all three sciences during the broad general education phase (J7-S2). Biology topics covered during these stages include: The variety of living things, Processes of life, Energy for life, Sustaining life and Microbiology & biotechnology. Homework activities and end-of topic tests are used to monitor and track pupil progress.

In S3 and S4 we teach the National 4/5 Biology course. This course, includes 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.

We also offer Higher Human Biology to our senior pupils. This is a challenging and modern course, which is of particular interest for pupils going on to study biomedical sciences, medicine or veterinary medicine. Units covered include: Human cells, Physiology & health, Neurobiology & communication and Immunology & public health. Pupils have to develop the ability to apply their knowledge to questions, be able to use the appropriate problem solving skill, complete practical work and write an appropriately structured scientific report and complete a self-selected assignment. Their progress is monitored throughout with weekly homework tasks and assessments.

For S6 pupils, we offer Advanced Higher Biology, which is an introduction to university level biology within the school environment. We aim to develop more independent working at this stage but still support pupils through each stage of the course. The Units covered include: Cells & proteins, Organisms & evolution and Investigative biology. Frequent homework tasks are set as are pupil research areas and presentations to develop more peer led teaching and greater depth of learning. Pupils also become adept at scientific design with this culminating in the completion of a project and scientific report.

Timely trips, workshops, lectures, speakers etc. may be used to enhance the teaching and learning of the courses as appropriate.

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