Studying about life has to be one of the key subjects in education. We understand how enthusiasm in other subjects studied can link to Biology. Our aim is to capture that interest and relate it to a passion for biological curiosity.
Biology at Surbiton High School is taught through a practical approach, utilising the specialist equipment we have to extract DNA, manipulate glow in the dark genes from jellyfish, complete gel electrophoresis, investigate an array of organisms through analysing specimens and dissection and more.
From general Science lessons in Year 7, the Year 8 biologists are encouraged to become more independent in their study through an Art and Biology project. They are shown how to research, analyse and display data and draw valid conclusions to culminate in a presentation evening with Art work and Biology presentations on the Human Impact on Living Things. They are also taught topics including respiration and circulation and food and health.
At Surbiton, the GCSE Biology course starts in Year 9. After this, the pupils make a choice on whether to study double science (a mixture of all three Sciences to give two GCSEs) or triple science (all three Sciences to give three separate Science GCSEs). At Surbiton High School, due to the engaging way the curriculum is delivered and dynamic teaching, we currently have 85% of Year 10 pupils opting to study triple science, producing excellent results.
Pupils in Year 12 studying AS level Biology commonly choose to do so because they are passionate for the subject and many opt for university courses which are Biology related. The AS course is initially Biochemistry and Cellular Biology; this provides a foundation on which to build further scientific knowledge.
The AQA specification for the two A-level years is currently designed around four written papers and two externally marked practical elements.
We also offer a range of trips to enhance Biology education here at Surbiton, including trips to Nower Wood for ecology investigations (Year 7), London Zoo (Year 8), the Natural History Museum (Year 10), Genetics Lectures at the Institute of Education (Year 12) and the important and influential five-day residential to the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast.
For Co-curricular, we offer an Art of Dissection club and a Stretch and Challenge in A-level, provoking interesting discussion. For support, we run lunchtime clinics for all ages and a specialist ‘Skills in Biology’ clinic to provide help with the trickier data-handling questions at GCSE. In addition, the Whole School can be involved in watching chicks hatch and develop over a webcam to ease exam stress in the Summer term.
Prepare to be pleasantly and intellectually challenged!